"The Land and Water Conservation Fund is critically important to the American economy and our way of life. I support legislation that will guarantee full funding for this program. The livelihoods of many Americans and the health of our land and water depend on it."

- Jon Fosgitt, forester
Cold Springs Forestry,




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

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.


Sylvia O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge?Photo: Patrick Comins, FLickrHadley, 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.