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
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
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.Learn more
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
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.Get Involved
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.Learn more about the Discovery Center
The Watershed on Wheels (WoW Express) is the mobile visitor center for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. In addition to attending local fairs and festivals throughout the Connecticut River watershed, the WoW Express has a free environmental education program tied to state and national science standards for 3rd-5th grades that focuses on watersheds, rivers, adaptations, and habitats.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Connecticut River in the fall - Lamar Gore/USFWS.
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2015