Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 18, 1908, by President Theodore Roosevelt as the Lake Malheur Reservation. Roosevelt set aside unclaimed government lands encompassed by Malheur, Mud, and Harney Lakes "as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds." The refuge now encompasses 187,757 acres of wildlife habitat. On January 2, 2016 armed occupiers seized control of the refuge. Here you'll find information about the efforts to bring those individuals to justice and restore the refuge.