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Public Comment Period on Draft CCP/EIS Completed

We completed the 90-day public comment period for the draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (CCP/EIS) for the Silvio O. Conte NFWR.

Comprehensive Conservation Planning


Urban conservation in Springfield, Mass.

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We're working with ReGreen Springfield and other partners to create and restore wildlife habitat in Springfield, Mass. and to provide opportunities for the city's residents to learn about the Connecticut River Watershed and participate in conservation activities where they live.

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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

  • 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: Sep 14, 2015
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