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Draft CCP/EIS Available for Public Comment

We are pleased announce the release of the draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (CCP/EIS) for the Silvio O. Conte NFWR for a 90-day public review and comment period through November 16, 2015. The draft CCP/EIS presents four alternatives for managing the refuge over the next 15 years. During the comment period we will be holding informal public meetings and formal public hearings throughout the watershed. Visit our planning page to download a copy of the draft CCP/EIS, get meeting dates and times, and learn how to submit comments.

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

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

  • Refuge Divisions & Units

    Fort River Division - James Weliver/USFWS.

    Currently, the refuge is comprised of over 36,000 acres within parts of the four Connecticut River watershed states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The refuge includes nine divisions and nine units that represent a wide variety of unique habitats.

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  • Visitor Activities

    Hunter in blaze orange - Brett Billings/USFWS.

    There are a wide variety of activities for the whole family across the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge including hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and environmental education. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.

    Visitor Activities
  • Get Involved

    Intern pulling water chestnut - USFWS.

    Volunteers play an integral role at Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge. Activities include pulling invasive species, assisting with bird counts, greeting visitors and giving interpretive programs. Check out our Get Involved page to learn more about helping out at the refuge.

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  • Great Falls Discovery Center

    Great Falls Discovery Center - USFWS.

    The Great Falls Discovery Center, located in the village of Turners Falls, Town of Montague, MA, is the flagship visitor center for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Connecticut River in the fall - Lamar Gore/USFWS.
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2015
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