Restoration to back-barrier salt marsh habitats from currently degraded open water conditions will rely on re-building dunes, restoring edaphic factors, hydrological and salinity regimes needed to support the natural recolonization of smooth saltmarsh grasses in Unit II and parts of Unit III.Read the latest marsh restoration updates.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a final CCP for Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The CCP will serve as a guide for managing wildlife conservation and visitor services programs on the refuge for the next 15 years. Visit the CCP page to learn more about the planning process and to download the CCP.Comprehensive Conservation Planning
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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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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced deadlines for preseason lottery hunting applications at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge (PHNWR) for the 2015-2016 hunting season.Learn more
Check out our events page for upcoming refuge programs and activities to connect you and your family with nature!Upcoming Events at Prime Hook
The Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Inc., is now accepting entries for their 13th Annual Nature Photography Contest, which showcases some of the best and most talented nature photography on Delmarva. The contest is open to all photographers, including separate categories for students. There are several categories with many chances to win awards for photographers of all ages and abilities. Categories include the Beauty of Prime Hook, Native Flowers & Plants, Native Birds, Other Native Wildlife, and Delmarva Scenery. Photographs will be on display from October 18 to December 13 and the exhibition is kicked off with an opening reception for the artists and the general public on October 18. Viewers decide the “People’s Choice Award,” which will be presented at the conclusion of the exhibition. For a full and complete listing of the contest rules, please go to www.friendsofprimehook.com or visit the refuge office.Learn more
Prime Hook NWR is embarking on a large-scale tidal marsh restoration project in the wetlands previously managed as freshwater impoundments. It's one of the largest marsh restoration projects ever in the eastern U.S. Restoration from degraded open water conditions to back-barrier salt marsh habitats will involve re-building dunes, closing breaches, and restoring tidal channels throughout the marsh. The restored hydrological and salinity regimes will support the natural recolonization of salt marsh grasses in Unit II and parts of Unit III.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 02, 2015