Resource Management

YCC crew puling water chestnut - Maddie List/USFWS.

Conte Refuge Releases Hunting and Fishing Plan for Public Input


The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge has released the Connecticut and Massachusetts hunting plan, Environmental Assessment (EA) and compatibility determination for lands owned by the refuge. The refuge is proposing to open hunting for big game, small game, and migratory birds to provide the public with high quality, wildlife-oriented recreation. The hunt plan, EA and compatibility determination is open for public comment ending May 26, 2019. The Refuge is seeking input on issues and concerns related to the EA and compatibility determinations. 

Read the hunting and fishing plan

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Nulhegan Basin Division Releases Final Habitat Management Plan

Nulhegan Basin Division

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a final habitat management plan and environmental assessment for the Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) in Bloomfield, Brunswick, Ferdinand and Lewis Vermont. The plan guides how the Service will manage the Refuge division for the next 15 years to improve habitat for fish, wildlife, and people. 

The Nulhegan Basin Division protects more than 26,000 acres of wetland, riparian, and forested upland habitat, including rare plant communities such as black spruce woodland bog, mixed northern floodplain forest, and 9,000 acres of regionally-significant lowland boreal habitat. These areas provide important breeding and migratory habitat for a variety of bird species, and waterways that are essential for brook trout and other cold-water species. 


    Read the Final Habitat Management Plan 

    Invasive Species

    People have spread species from one geographic area to another throughout history, inadvertently as well as purposefully. Usually, this does not create a problem. However, there are a small percentage of species, that when removed from the insects, diseases, and competing species that control their numbers in their native area, become established, spread rapidly, displace native species, and may even change the way an ecosystem works.

    These non-native "invasive" species pose a severe threat to the native biodiversity the refuge was established to protect. In response, refuge staff actively join with partners to educate people about the issues, as well as work on control, and early detection and rapid response projects.

    Invasive species on Refuge-owned lands
    Invasive species activities in the greater Connecticut River watershed
    Volunteer to help control invasive species 

    Endangered Species Management

    Puritan Tiger Beetle Population Restoration  
    Full Body Tiger Beetle

    The refuge is working with partners to help restore endangered Puritan Tiger Beetles to their native habits in New England. The project is made possible with funds from the Cooperative Recovery Initiative. Read more about Puritan tiger beetles and our work in restoring their populations.  

    Trapping Occurs on the Nulhegan Basin and Pondicherry Divisions of this Refuge.

    Trapping is a wildlife management tool used on some national wildlife refuges. Trapping may be used to protect endangered and threatened species or migratory birds or to control certain wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also views trapping as a legitimate recreational and economic activity when there are harvestable surpluses of fur-bearing mammals. Outside of Alaska, refuges that permit trapping as a recreational use may require trappers to obtain a refuge special use permit. Signs are posted on refuges where trapping occurs. Contact the refuge manager for specific regulations. Click here for more information.