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Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge Established in Maine

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquired the first parcel of land in southern Maine for the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) with the purchase of a 48-acre forested property in South Berwick and Berwick.

Great Thicket NWR in Maine Press Release

Around the Refuge

Rachel Carson's Conservation Champions: Businesses for a Greener Future

Inspired by the legacy of Rachel Carson and 50 years of conservation in her name, the refuge, with input from community members, has developed a voluntary community conservation project that seeks to inspire positive environmental actions to benefit local communities, wildlife, and habitats.

Rachel Carson's Conservation Champions Information

Sense of Wonder Art Contest

Art Contest January 2021 Henning

Express your love and appreciation of the refuge through photography, poetry, and other art media during this year-long celebration of Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge's 50th anniversary.

Sense of Wonder Art Contest
Celebrating 50 Years

Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation

Refuge 50th Anniversary Logo 200 px

The most recent "Sense of Wonder in the Field" blog post is written by former refuge employee, environmental scientist, and blogger, Sarah Dodgin. Sarah's days at the refuge were spent collecting and analyzing data from refuge salt marshes throughout New England to monitor changes from sea level rise and measure ecosystem resiliency to climate change. In addition to exploring other natural places and writing for "Bog Blog," she regularly returns to the refuge as a joyful visitor. Sarah lives in Portland with her two cats, Sandy and Clay.(background artwork courtesy of Danielle Lehoux/Lehoux Art)

50th Anniversary Blog Posts

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS