Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Expands with Help of The Nature Conservancy

Jun 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Story, Land

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently partnered with The Nature Conservancy to purchase nearly 50 acres of forested land for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The tract is near the convergence of Pine Brook and the Salmon River in Haddam Neck, Conn. The area will form part of the refuge’s Salmon River Division, which lies within the Connecticut River watershed and is an essential section of the river for fish migration. Along with The Nature Conservancy, the Service has been working with the Middlesex Land Trust and the Haddam Neck Spirit, local conservation groups, to protect areas within the Salmon River watershed. With the new addition, about 374 acres have been protected in the division.

The property, originally acquired from the estate of Ann Marie Pender, protects Pine Brook and Salmon Cove, two important locations for fish. Free of artificial barriers and located in an undeveloped area, the lower section of Pine Brook is a critical location for migratory fish and serves as a Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection index site for monitoring fish runs. Salmon Cove, located just downstream of Pine Brook, is a pristine freshwater tidal marsh complex and is prime habitat for fish, waterbirds, rare plants and mussels and expanses of submerged aquatic vegetation.

For more on this story, visit: CT Conte Salmon River | The Nature Conservancy.

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