Restoration to back-barrier salt marsh habitats from currently degraded open water conditions will rely on re-building dunes, restoring edaphic factors, hydrological and salinity regimes needed to support the natural recolonization of smooth saltmarsh grasses in Unit II and parts of Unit III.Read the latest marsh restoration updates.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a final CCP for Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The CCP will serve as a guide for managing wildlife conservation and visitor services programs on the refuge for the next 15 years. Visit the CCP page to learn more about the planning process and to download the CCP.Comprehensive Conservation Planning
About the NWRS
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
Check out our events page for upcoming refuge programs and activities to connect you and your family with nature!Upcoming Events at Prime Hook
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We are mapping the sightings of the Delmarva fox squirrel.
The Delmarva fox squirrel has recently been delisted and is no longer classified as a Federally endangered or threatened species. However, monitoring of this species will continue for 10 years to insure it is still doing well. We are mapping the distribution of this animal and are looking for photos or observations you may have made while visiting the refuge.
If you have seen a fox squirrel please print the attached sighting report and turn it into the Visitor Contact Station located at 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, DE. 19968, or call 302-684-8419 if you have any questions.
Delmarva Fox Squirrel sighting report
Deer and Upland Game Hunting regulations are now available. Please visit our hunting page for all the details. Hunting Information
Prime Hook NWR is embarking on a large-scale tidal marsh restoration project in the wetlands previously managed as freshwater impoundments. It's one of the largest marsh restoration projects ever in the eastern U.S. Restoration from degraded open water conditions to back-barrier salt marsh habitats will involve re-building dunes, closing breaches, and restoring tidal channels throughout the marsh. The restored hydrological and salinity regimes will support the natural recolonization of salt marsh grasses in Unit II and parts of Unit III.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 20, 2017