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Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System) is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

The uses are wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, and interpretation at the Great Thicket NWR:

​ Nellie Hill Tract, in Dover, New York

Wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, and interpretation are priority public uses of the Refuge System under the Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 668dd-668ee), as amended by the Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (Refuge Improvement Act; Public Law 105-57), when found to be compatible. 

National Wildlife Refuge System Website


​Compatibility Determination

Article From

The Poughkeepsie Journal

​Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge



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