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About the Refuge

About the Refuge

The refuge was established in 1987 for migratory bird conservation through a donation from Alice Hay, daughter-in-law of John Hay.

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About the Complex

Silvio O. Conte

John Hay is managed as part of the Silvio O. Conte.

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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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What's Happening

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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Last Updated: Jan 19, 2016
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