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Since our Comprehensive Conservation Planning (CCP) process began in October 2006, we have had 9 public scoping meetings, in East Haddam, CT; Wethersfield, CT; Hadley, MA; Chesterfield, MA; Norwich, VT; Island Pond, VT; Columbia, NH; Jefferson, NH; and Winchester, NH. The meetings were attended by 122 citizens. In addition, the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge hosted two public meetings to encourage more input, one in Longmeadow, Massachusetts (31 attendees) and one in Norwich, Vermont (43 attendees).
We have also widely distributed our workbooks and received 148 completed responses. A few were anonymous, but the others came from throughout the watershed and a few from “away.” Vermonters were especially engaged, submitting over 40% of the workbooks, due in large part to interest in the Nulhegan Basin Division.
We have completed inputed and compiling the data from the workbooks.
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The Watershed on Wheels (WoW Express) is the mobile visitor center for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. In addition to attending local fairs and festivals throughout the Connecticut River watershed, the WoW Express has a free environmental education program tied to state and national science standards for 3rd-5th grades that focuses on watersheds, rivers, adaptations, and habitats.