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Service responds to wildlife decline with proposal to conserve land in southern Rhode Island

January 19, 2016

In response to decreasing wildlife populations, conservationists have called for more protected and managed shrublands. To address this, the Service has worked with partners to propose the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge. A draft plan is available for review and comment through March 4, 2016. If it is approved, the Service would work strictly with willing sellers as funding is available.

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About the Complex

Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The refuge totals 858 acres on the coast of Rhode Island. The Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge also manages Sandy Point Island, a 35 acre parcel of the Stuart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.

Ninigret 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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Last Updated: Feb 01, 2016
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