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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 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

  • The Refuge is Now OPEN!

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    With the entrance road and parking lot reconstruction project completed, the Great Bay NWR is once again open to the public. (Note: The refuge will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13 due to the annual refuge deer hunt.)

  • 2016 Great Bay Deer Hunt

    This year's deer hunt will occur on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13. Download the application and information memo below.

    2016 Deer Hunt Info & Application
  • Free Public Programs!


    Sign up for FREE ranger-led tours of the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge. To see the latest monthly schedule, clink on the link below.

    Free Programs in December, 2016
  • Visitor Activities

    Peverly Pond Trail - Matt Poole/USFWS.

    There are activities for the whole family year-round at Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife observation, photography and hunting. Visit our Visitor Activities page to learn more about the refuge and our nature trails.

    Great Bay NWR Fact Sheet
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Salt marsh - Matt Poole/USFWS.
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2016
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