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Situated along the Atlantic Flyway in Massachusetts, the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex is comprised of eight ecologically diverse refuges. The eight individual refuges include inland and coastal wetlands, forests, grasslands, and barrier beaches that provide important habitat for migratory birds, mammals, plants, reptiles and amphibians. Assabet River NWR in Sudbury, Stow, Maynard and Hudson; Great Meadows NWR in Sudbury, Wayland, Lincoln, Concord, Carlisle, Bedford and Billerica; Mashpee NWR in Mashpee and Falmouth; Massasoit NWR in Plymouth; Monomoy NWR in Chatham; Nantucket NWR in Nantucket; Nomans Land Island NWR off Martha's Vineyard in Chilmark; and Oxbow NWR in Harvard, Ayer and Shirley.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages these areas to maintain a vital and diverse environment for the areas inhabitants. Refuges are managed to conserve and protect a diversity of native wildlife habitats and species. The refuge complex encompasses several threatened and endangered species, the only federally designated Wilderness Area in southern New England, one structure on the National Register of Historic Places and a National Wild and Scenic River.
Eastern Massachusetts Fire Management Group seeks public comment on fire management plan
The Eastern Massachusetts Fire Management Group, which includes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Defense, is preparing a fire management plan and is seeking public comment. Click here to view the scoping document. (PDF 2.40MB)
Monomoy Comprehensive Conservation Planning Update - (pdf 198KB) - NEW
2013 Volunteer Opportunities
Concord Impoundment Management - New - (pdf - 76KB)
Upcoming Programs: August 2013
Applications are currently being accepted for non-lottery seasons at http://www.easternmapermits.com. All lottery applications are typically available July 1-July 31.
The application fee is $5.00 and the fees for each permit range from $10.00 to $30.00. All active military, persons 62 years of age and older, and those with a permanent disability receive a 50% discount on all permit fees. All applicants must pay the $2 - $3 processing fees per each individual season.
A non-refundable application fee must be included with your application. There are no fees for anyone age 17 years old or younger; youth hunters are also exempt from the lottery process, but still need to select each hunt he or she is applying for. If you are selected, you will be notified and at that time you will need to send in the appropriate amount of money for each permit. If money is not received within fourteen calendar days from the time of being notified, the lottery portion of your application will be withdrawn and we will go to the next applicant that was in the lottery. Checks or money orders must be made out to the Kinsail Corporation. Cash will not be accepted. Credit cards will be automatically charged if you are selected.
Applications that are missing any of the required information, including your application or processing fees, will be discarded, as well as multiple applications from the same hunter.
Applications which are illegible will also be discarded. The lottery is usually held by August 5th and notifications are made by August 12th. To apply online after July 1, visit http://www.easternmapermits.com. All lottery applications close by July 31st, all others will open until each season is over. For more information, Susan_J_Russo@fws.gov or call 978-443-4661 x34
Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons for 2012-2013" http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/recreation/hunting/waterfowl/migratory_gamebird_abstracts.pdf
2012-2013 hunting seasons" http://www.eregulations.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/12MAAB_Quick_Reference_List.pdf
What's New in the Complex
Become a River Ranger Today! This is a fun, hands-on program that engages children and families to explore their local watershed. - (pdf 82 KB)