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Officials unveil the new signs to add at Nellie Hill Preserve, the establishing parcel for the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge.
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Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge gets its start in New York

Federal, state and local officials gathered Wednesday in Dover, New York, to mark the establishment of the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s first land acquisition for the six-state refuge, the 144-acre Nellie Hill Preserve donated by The Nature Conservancy.

“With habitat that can easily be managed for New England cottontails and other young forest wildlife, the Nellie Hill Preserve is an excellent first land acquisition for Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge,” said Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We are grateful for the close coordination and partnership with local and state officials and The Nature Conservancy that led to this exciting donation.”

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Published on: Thursday, January 19,2017

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