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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

Chafee National Wildlife Refuge consists of 550 acres.

John H. Chafee 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!

    Program Calendar
  • Large-Scale Restoration Project Will Strengthen Saltmarshes at John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy are working with partners, including the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, to restore and strengthen saltmarsh habitat at John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge. The project will enhance wildlife habitat and enable the marsh to withstand the impacts of sea-level rise and coastal storm surge. In addition, it will improve habitat for marine fish by enhancing the growth of eel grass and creating deeper channels for cool water refugia.

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  • Visitor Activities

    Fishing on the refuge - USFWS.

    There are activities year-round at John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, wildlife viewing, kayaking, photography and environmental education. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.

    Visitor Activities
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Last Updated: Oct 25, 2016
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