The Service has joined forces with partners to return fire to the land and restore resilient habitats for both New England cottontails and people. With New England cottontails on the refuge, there are opportunities on the refuge to create and maintain the early successional habitats that benefit the species, as well as other shrub-dependent wildlife.
This team is also managing under the guidance of the Wildland Urban Interface program by targeting areas with the most burnable vegetation and strategically cutting undergrowth, thinning the forest, and conducting controlled, planned burns that continue the natural renewal process and reduces fire danger to nearby homes and businesses.
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Until the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service completes its comprehensive conservation plan for the refuge, all Service-owned lands are officially closed to public access.