Thanks to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, a new wildlife refuge will be opened across six states. This haven is called Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge, and it will be located in Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut.
Landowners from ten targeted areas will join their efforts with the U.S. federal agency to cover approximatively 23.4 square miles. Based on the latest reports, the Thicket Wildlife Refuge will be home to over 2100 species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds.
Out of all these species, over 380 of them are on the verge of extinction. Pollution, deforestation, and loss of habitat had a severe impact on many animals. According to Wendi Weber, the NE region direction of the federal agency, this wildlife refuge will be the ideal habitat for many endangered species such as monarch butterflies, New England cottontails, and American woodcock.
These species need to be protected and preserved in order to restore balance across U.S. forests. For instance, Monarch butterflies are important pollinators, but because they have lost a large part of their habitat, there are little chances for their migration to be a success.
When this project was proposed, it raised many concerns from the public regarding the costs of such a large national wildlife refuge. However, the officials underline that they want to acquire fifty percent of the area using conservation easements whereas the other half will be acquired through purchases.
The wildlife refuge will consist of young forests and shrubland. Also, the U.S. government is currently focusing on acquiring lands in various areas from the southern parts of Rhode Island, New Hampshire Dover parts, the northern region of Merrimack Valley, Cape Cod lands, and Maine as well as other portions of the Housatonic area in New York and Connecticut.
Although there is a wildlife refuge in all states and other 565 throughout the country, the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge will be designed to preserve and protect many endangered species. Many conservation efforts are being made to transform this project into a success that will encourage other future initiatives which will develop in other parts of the world, including Europe and Asia.