U.S. Fish and Wildlife eyes extensive protection of New England national refuge
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking to protect tens of thousands more acres as part of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The service recently released its 15-year conservation plan for review. It includes four proposals for managing the refuge, which is now made up of over 37,000 acres in parts of four watersheds in the four states.
The USFWS’s preferred proposal would seek expanded authority to acquire up to more than 197,000 acres for the refuge from willing sellers, nearly double the amount it currently has the authority to acquire.
In terms of public use, the USFWS says trapping would be allowed to continue in the Nulhegan Basin in Vermont while it found that recreational drones are not appropriate on refuge lands.