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Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge Approved!

October 25, 2016

In October 2016, Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and Wendi Weber, Northeast Regional Director of the Service, approved Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)—a new refuge dedicated to managing shrubland habitat for wildlife in the Northeast. The Service can now start working with partners and willing-seller property owners to identify opportunities to acquire priority lands in fee simple or conservation easement within the designated focus areas of Great Thicket NWR.

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About the Complex

Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The refuge encompasses 134 acres.

Block Island is managed as part of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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

  • Upcoming Events

    There are events year-round at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Check out our program calendar to find one near you!

    RI Complex Program Calendar
  • Visitor Activities

    Visitor Activities Promo

    There are activities for the whole family year-round at Block Island National Wildlife Refuge including fishing,hunting, wildlife viewing, environmental education and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more!

    Visitor Activities
  • Providence Parks Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

    Youth paddling - USFWS.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated a collaborative project in Rhode Island as an urban wildlife refuge partnership, acknowledging the efforts of many partners to connect Providence youth and families with nature where they live and work.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016
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