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There are events year-round at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Check out our program calendar to find one near you!

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About the Complex

Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge 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

National Wildlife Refuge System


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

  • Fish and Wildlife Service Develops Restoration Strategy for the Narrow River Estuary, Seeks Public Comment

    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, 2014

    Resource Management
  • Visitor Activities

    Fishing on the refuge - USFWS.

    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
  • Get Involved

    Volunteers on the refuge - USFWS.

    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
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2014
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