The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is considering Litchfield for a wildlife refuge.

From Beth Goldstein, USFWS Realty Specialist:

“The attached map shows our ‘Merrimack Valley North Focus Area,’ which you can share widely. This is the area within which we are authorized to acquire lands for Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). It’s a large Focus Area with a target acquisition of 500 acres.” They only acquire land from willing sellers. She also said: “Some criteria we use to determine whether lands are suitable for Great Thicket NWR include: benefits New England cottontail, federal threatened and endangered species, and/or migratory birds; contributes to landscape connectivity; is suitable for managing as shrubland/young forest habitat.” 

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