Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge
Establishing the Newest National Wildlife Refuge
What We Did
The Nature Conservancy’s donation of the Nellie Hill Preserve to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps to kick start Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge, the nation’s 566th national wildlife refuge. The 144-acre preserve is the first land acquisition for this unique national wildlife refuge that will over time conserve land in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island.
Why This Project Matters
Nellie Hill, an exceptional property with varying habitats and rare plants, has been managed by The Nature Conservancy for 25 years. It has become a hotspot for migrating birds and other wildlife and also provides an outdoor recreational opportunity for hikers, bird watchers, and others who enjoy spending time outdoors.
Transforming the legacy preserve into the first section of a 15,000-acre national wildlife refuge is a great example of how land conservation can provide multiple benefits to nature and people.
The establishment of the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge is the first step toward ensuring the future of the iconic New England cottontail and other shrubland and young forest species, including the American woodcock and monarch butterfly.
Wildlife refuges and similar conserved areas enhance
The Nature Conservancy is grateful to our donors who enabled
We are proud to be playing a part in establishing the newest national federal wildlife refuge.