Around the Refuge

Controlled Burn at Sachuest Point NWR to Benefit Wildlife Habitat

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will conduct controlled burns at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, Rhode Island, in accordance with an approved Prescribed Fire Plan. The controlled burns will require one to two days, weather dependent, between April 2 and May 31, 2018, at which time the refuge will be closed for public safety.

Controlled Burn News Release

Road Closure During Culvert Replacement

The road linking Sachuest Point Road near the campground to Third Beach will be closed for road construction beginning in early March through May 15, 2018. The existing culverts in the road will be removed and replaced with a larger structure. Read the full news release below with map of the road closure.

News release with map

Youth Employment Opportunity

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In partnership with NorthWoods Stewardship Center, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Middletown, Rhode Island is accepting applications until positions are filled for summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) members. Young adults between the ages of 15 and 18, who are interested in working outdoors, are encouraged to apply for a YCC position. The crew will work with refuge staff on projects including trail building and maintenance, maintaining grounds and facilities, control of invasive plant species and help protect endangered species such as piping plover. The program will run from June 25 through August 3, 2018. Crew members will work 40 hours per week Monday through Friday, and will be paid $400/week.

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Piping Plovers are Back!


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs your help this summer to protect threatened piping plovers, their nests and chicks on Rhode Island beaches. These rare migratory birds have returned to Rhode Island and will spend the next several weeks establishing territories and beginning to nest on the state’s beaches. The Service ropes off specific areas to protect the breeding birds from pedestrians, pets and vehicles, since disturbance can cause the birds to abandon the site or could result in eggs being unknowingly crushed. This year, the Service will expand the roped off area on the National Wildlife Refuge portion of Second Beach in Middletown down to the mean high water mark. The refuge portion of the beach will be closed to the public from April 1 to September 15, 2018.

News Release
What's Happening

Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge Approved!

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

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge 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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