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Nott Island Wildlife Area

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The Nott Island Wildlife Area is an 80-acre island located on the Connecticut River. It’s managed by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEEP), Division of Wildlife. The island’s natural ecosystem was significantly altered in the 1930s when the tidal marsh associated with the island was grid ditched. In the 1960s, dredged material was placed on the island upland and converted to pasture. However, through a project involving Ducks Unlimited, DEEP, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Connecticut Waterfowl Association, and Connecticut Duck Stamp program, 40 acres of brackish tidal wetland were restored and 20 acres of warm season grasses were replanted to enhance upland nesting cover. This project has greatly enhanced the area for waterfowl, shorebirds, and many other species of wildlife.

This site is part of the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail, which includes campsites, access points, and portage trails along the river.

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