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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 totals 242 acres on the coast of Rhode Island.

Sachuest Point 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

  • Refuge and Road Closures in October

    The road to the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown will be temporarily closed on two separate occasions between October 21 and the end of the month. Each road closure period will last two days or less, and are necessary to allow installation of underground utility lines beneath the road. The first closure will occur on October 20 and 21, 2016. The second closure will occur before the end of October; specific dates have not been set. The National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to all visitors during the road closure periods. No closures are planned during weekends – the road and the refuge will remain open on weekends. In addition, from next Monday, October 17 to next Wednesday the 19th, heavy construction traffic can be expected along Sachuest Point Road, which might include brief lane closures.

    The news release contains more details.
  • Get Involved

    Partners with the blue goose - USFWS.

    Volunteers play an important role in maintaining the refuge and supporting wildlife management. Visit our Get Involved page to learn more about how the various ways to help out at the refuge.

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  • Maidford River Saltmarsh Restoration

    If you have been by the Maidford River lately, you will notice some changes. Find answers to your questions and learn how we are working to restore habitat at Sachuest Point NWR.

    Understanding the Maidford River Channel
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Last Updated: Oct 14, 2016
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