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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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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


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

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    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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Last Updated: Sep 02, 2016
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