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Comment Period Has Closed for Draft Great Thicket Land Protection Plan

April 04, 2016

In response to decreasing wildlife populations, conservationists have called for more protected and managed shrublands. To address this, the Service worked with partners to propose the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge. A draft environmental assessment was distributed for public review and comment. The comment period has now closed.

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About the Complex

Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The refuge totals 242 acres on the coast of Rhode Island.

Sachuest Point 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

  • Upcoming Events

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

    Program Calendar
  • Portion of Third Beach Parking Lot to Close in Support of Marsh Restoration Work

    December 18, 2015

    The non-paved, gravel portions of Third Beach parking lot in Middletown will be temporarily closed to the public from early January through February in order to accommodate ongoing saltmarsh restoration efforts in the area. The paved portions of the parking lot closest to the beach will remain open for public use throughout the winter. In addition to the temporary closure of a portion of the parking lot, dump truck traffic along Paradise Avenue, Second Beach Road, and the Connector, or Campground Road will also occur as materials are transported to the site.

    Click Here for the full press release
  • Maidford Salt Marsh Restoration - Project Description

    Maidford River Salt Marsh Restoration Map

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to restore salt marshes, coastal dunes and related resources within and adjacent to the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in Middletown, RI. The proposed action is necessary to preserve and restore fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, public use and public safety. These resource functions are being lost and degraded due to natural and anthropogenic factors, including sea level rise, severe coastal storms and water pollution.

    Click Here for more information on the Project Description
  • Visitor Activities

    Fisherman - USFWS.

    There are visitor activities year-round at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, wildlife viewing, interpretation, environmental education and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.

    Visitor Activities
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Last Updated: Jan 22, 2016
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