Fish and wildlife management on JBER predates statehood, beginning in the mid-1950s when the first steps were taken toward fish management. In 1953, stocking of rainbow trout occurred in a few lakes on JBER Richardson and has continued annually thereafter. Two years later, a land management plan was drafted that included provisions for fish and wildlife management.
In the 1950s and 1960s, post commanders sent over 60 soldiers to a special fish and wildlife management course offered by the University of Alaska. Responsibility for overseeing conservation activities was assigned to an enlisted military conservationist.
With the cooperation of state and federal agencies the fish and wildlife management program on the installation has continued to expand its knowledge of the resident wildlife populations and therefore has become better capable of managing those populations.
JBER is home to many species of wildlife, including potentially dangerous species such as moose, brown bear, and black bear. Below is information on staying safe while recreating. More information can be found on ADFGs website.
To report nuisance wildlife, call the Conservation Law Enforcement Officers at:
The Wildlife Education Center (WEC) is located on JBER Elmendorf in one of the base's oldest historic buildings. The museum offers wildlife and natural resources displays that include over 150 life-like mounted specimens, including most of the common species of birds, fish, and mammals found in Alaska. Displays of outdoor recreation opportunities, wildlife safety, and other natural and cultural resources topics are also located here.
Hours: Due to the condition of the facility the WEC will be CLOSED until further notice.
Contact personnel in the below categories for assistance:
iSportsman - call 907-552-9453/8609.
Firewood Cutting - Colette Brandt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-384-3380.
Facility Management - Kristy Craig at email@example.com or call 907-384-3321.
Questions pertaining to the facility closure - Brent Koenen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-384-6224.