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Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge

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The Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is a unique refuge that spans four states: New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Established in 1997, it was named in honor of the late Massachusetts Congressman and outdoorsman Silvio O. Conte. The refuge’s mission is to conserve the aquatic and terrestrial habitat resources of the entire 7.2 million-acre Connecticut River watershed. Currently, the refuge comprises nearly 40,000 acres, including a variety of unique habitats such as northern forest, rivers and streams, and an internationally significant complex of high-quality tidal fresh, brackish, and salt marshes. It offers a wide variety of options for visitors, from hiking and kayaking to bird watching, fishing, and hunting. It’s the only National Wildlife Refuge that extends to several states and is based on a watershed.

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US Fish and Wildlife Service

East Haddam, CT 06424