32 Acres Added To Silvio O. Conte National Fish And Wildlife Refuge

April 25, 2012

Falls colors in a meadow at Silvio O. Conte NWR

Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy USFWS.

This is an excerpt from the original release written and distributed by U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service. Click here to read the full release on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website.

Hadley, Mass. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week acquired 32 acres in Hadley, Mass., for the Fort River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

The land had been subdivided into four house lots and put on the real estate market in July of 2011. To protect the land from development, the Kestrel Land Trust stepped in at that time to purchase the land until the Conte Refuge could acquire the property. The purchase was made possible with funds from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund with support from The Conservation Fund. [Click here to learn about our Land Trust Loan Program, which provided the financing]

“I was pleased to support this new addition to the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge using funds from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Protecting lands of local and national significance is a gift to future generations,” said U.S. Representative John Olver.

The refuge division is in the heart of a mosaic of farmlands and grasslands extending north from the base of the Mt. Holyoke Range to the Fort River in Hadley and Amherst, Mass.

The newly acquired land at the Fort River Division will help protect the longest free-flowing tributary to the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. The Fort River and its surrounding provide habitat for the federally endangered dwarf wedge mussel and rare bird species.

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Press Release Contacts

Ann Simonelli | The Conservation Fund | 703-908-5809 | asimonelli@conservationfund.org

Andrew French, Project Leader 413-548-8002, Andrew_French@fws.gov
Kristin DeBoer, Executive Director, Kestrel Land Trust, 413-695-3468,kristin@kestreltrust.org