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Oct 25, 2016 1:20 PM

New national wildlife refuge to protect NH, Northeast shrubland

The Associated Press

BERWICK, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has finalized the creation of a new national wildlife refuge that will be located in parts of five New England states and New York.

Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge will be located on up to 15,000 non-contiguous acres in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. The wildlife service announced the creation of the refuge on Tuesday.

The federal agency says it will work with "willing and interested" landowners in ten targeted areas of the six states to acquire the land. The service says the refuge will provide habitat for more than 2,100 types of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. More than 380 of those species are endangered.

The land consists of shrubland and young forests.

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