In fall of 2011, a public hearing was held, the Devens Enterprise Commission (www.devensec.com) granted a Unified Permit to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to build a "Visitor Contact Station" at the Oxbow Wildlife Refuge on Hospital Road, Devens, MA. The architectural company hired to develop the design is Oak Point Associates (www.oakpoint.com), and the general construction contract has been awarded to the Nadeau Corporation (www.nadeaucorp.com).
Recently, the Service received a Public Lands Highway Discretionary grant to expand the visitor opportunities and access to this section of the refuge. We will be utilizing designs developed by Oak Point Associates to continue into a Phase II of construction this winter. Anticipated project completion will be fall of 2013. The Friends of the Oxbow NWR have been working on establishing new trail connections west of Jackson Road. A big thank you to our Friends Group on all their hard work on preparing these trails.
If you have any questions about this project please contact Susan J. Russo at 978.443.4661 x34 or Susan_J_Russo@fws.gov Please note this area is closed to all public access and refuge visitors are advised to stay out of the construction area.
Take a look at some pictures of the progress.
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