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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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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

  • Free Public Programs at Great Bay!


    Sign up for FREE ranger-led tours of the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge. To see the latest monthly schedule, clink on the link below.

    Free Programs in June, 2016
  • A Very Special Place

    Nature photographer - Matt Poole/USFWS.

    The 1000+ acre Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge is the largest parcel of protected conservation land on Great Bay. The refuge has many habitats including oak-hickory forest, grasslands, shrub thickets, fresh and saltwater wetlands, and open water habitats where wild plants and animals thrive. Two trails provide the public with an opportunity to explore and experience this special place.

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  • Visitor Activities

    Peverly Pond Trail - Matt Poole/USFWS.

    There are activities for the whole family year-round at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife observation, photography and hunting. Visit our Visitor Activities page to learn more about the refuge and our nature trails.

    Great Bay NWR Fact Sheet
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Salt marsh - Matt Poole/USFWS.
Last Updated: Mar 04, 2016
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