There are events year-round at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Check out our program calendar to find one near you!Program Calendar
About the Complex
Chafee National Wildlife Refuge consists of 554 acres.
John H. Chafee is managed as part of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
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About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Around the Refuge
- December 03, 2014
This EA was developed to evaluate a proposal to restore estuarine and salt marsh habitats in the Narrow River Estuary. The proposed restoration is needed to restore and enhance salt marsh and estuarine conditions, and to increse the ecological resiliency of the estuary in the face of sea level rise, climate change, increased coastal storms, and other natural and anthropogenic trends and impacts. Any public comments regarding the findings in the following document can be submitted through this website or by mail at 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI 02813, attention: Narrow River Estuary Resiliency Restoration ProgramCLICK HERE for the full document on the Narrow River Estuary Resiliency Restoration Program
- October 30, 2014
In October 2012 Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the eastern seaboard and made apparent the need to enhance the resiliency of coastlines and estuarine habitat against future storms. A Draft Environmental Assessment which describes the Service’s proposed action (Alternative 2) of restoring estuarine conditions in the Narrow River to enhance resiliency against sea level rise, climate change and future storm events is now available for public review. The public is encouraged to provide written comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment by no later than November 30, 2014Resource Management
There are activities year-round at John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, wildlife viewing, kayaking, photography and environmental education. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.Visitor Activities
Volunteers play an integral role at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Assignments can include greeting visitors at the contact station, leading tours, plover monitoring, invasive species management and trail maintenance. Visit our Get Involved page to learn more!Get Involved
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
This songbird relies on the high salt marsh meadow habitat for cover and nest building. Often, it scurries through the grass like a mouse or vole. When sharp-tailed sparrow nests are damaged by high tides, the most successful sparrows rebuild them. Look for this species in the spring through the summer.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2014