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The Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit that works with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and our local communities to meet wildlife and biological management objectives, recreational and educational goals and support diverse programs related to the Refuge.
We promote educational programs related to the Refuge and natural history of the area. We organize events and programs that help make the refuge more available to the public. We work with Refuge staff to help improve the refuge. This work also provides an opportunity for members to get to know the refuge.
On Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 PM, Ed Sterling will present Part 2 of the history of the Central Massachusetts Railroad. The Central Mass Railroad tracks pass along the southern border of the Assabet River NWR. Don't miss Ed's visual tour of a fascinating piece of local history.read more »
Work Parties and Walks
Fall is here and there's still plenty to do on the Refuge. Check out our event schedule for work party information (usually on Saturdays) and for a special Turkey Day Nature Hike. And check out this months exhibit and film at the Visitor's Center! read more »
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Please Stand With Us Against the Proposed Path of High Voltage Power Lines
We would like to make you aware of an important issue facing our Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge and to encourage you to take action.
Eversource Energy plans to build an 115 thousand volt, 70+ foot high, high-tension power line from central Sudbury to Hudson Light and Power on Forest Ave in Hudson. To do this, the company plans to cut a 7.6 mile long, 82.5 foot wide swath of woods along the old abandoned railroad tracks running through Sudbury and Hudson. Approximately 4.3 miles of the line will be in Sudbury and 4.6 miles in Hudson. These tracks are adjacent to the Refuge’s southern boundary (and run through the Desert Natural Area.)
The letter below from the president of the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge opposes this plan and urges the company to run its lines underground so as to protect the Refuge’s flora, fauna and visitor enjoyment. The Sudbury Board of Selectmen and Sudbury Valley Trustees, amongst others, are also against this proposal.
If you would like to be heard on this issue, please see the list of emails at the end of the letter. An email from you to Eversource Energy (NSTAR) or to your government representation can make an important difference in the outcome.
Please find links to additional information below:
Help Save Blanding's Turtles
Since 2006, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has made an effort to establish a new population of Blanding's turtles (a threatened species) at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) by moving juveniles and hatchlings from Oxbow NWR.
Funding is urgently needed to help continue this conservation effort. Please consider helping fund this effort with a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends.
For information see Save the Blanding's Turtle.
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Changes at the Refuge and FARNWR
Libby Herland, who had been Refuge Complex Manager for all of the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex since 2003 has retired. And Liz Truebenbach takes over as FARNWR's new president! read more »
White Pond Road Construction Complete, North Gate Re-opened
The section of White Pond Road that leads to the parking lot at he "North Gate" is now open again as the construction is complete. The signage in the area still needs to be updated, but feel free to use the North Gate once again. read more »
Fort Assabet Continues to Grow!
Summer is almost over but don’t let that stop you from coming out to visit. Come help build and create a very special place, set on our Refuge, for all our kids to connect with nature, forever!. read more »
Watch Invasive Removal, Read About Local Teens Removing Invasives on the Refuge
New England Aquarium's Live Blue Ambassadors program spent time in July with Dave Lange and the APT (Assabet Pulling Together) on the refuge removing invasive plants. Their efforts were covered by the local press. Read about invasive removals and watch a video of it at Hudson Wicked Local. read more »
New Addition to the Refuge Property
The transfer of the Air Force Tower property within the Refuge has gone through and USFWS has begun demolition of the buildings. The Radome tower has already come down and 75% of the structure has been removed from the Refuge.read more »
New Building Next to the Refuge Entrance
If you've visited the Refuge lately, you've probably noticed the new fenced-in building next to the refuge entrance. This new structure and the land it is on belongs to the Department of Fire Services. The US Fish & Wildlife Service has no involvement with this property or its use or appearance.read more »
New Visitor Center Hours
Starting May 1st 2017, the Visitor Center will be closed to the public on Fridays due to staffing limitations and low visitation. The new schedule is Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.read more »
National Park passes now for sale at Administrative Office only
National Park passes are no longer sold at the Visitor Center. They can be purchased Mon-Fri 8 AM - 4 PM at the Refuge Administrative Offices at 73 Weir Hill Rd, Sudbury.read more »
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We've been photographing the wildlife on the refuge. Check out our wildlife photo gallery and see the refuge through the eyes of talented local photographers. read more »