The Refuge is Open!
With the end of the partial government shutdown, refuge staff have re-opened the refuge and the Visitor Center reopened Saturday February 2nd. The Friends are happy for our USFWS friends and for everyone else who has been impacted by the shutdown.
Volunteers needed at the Friends' Nature Store
A sample of books for sale at the Nature Store The Nature store is in need of volunteers, both to assist with managing the store and for staffing on weekends. Weekend staffing slots are available as full shifts (10AM - 4PM) and half shifts (10AM - 1PM and 1PM - 4PM). Some management tasks can be done from home. Please contact Paula Goodwin at email@example.com for more information.
See our volunteer page for more ways you can volunteer with the Friends.
Please Stand With Us Against the Proposed Path of High Voltage Power Lines
The power lines would clear cut an 82 foot wide strip next to the RefugeImage courtesy of Protect Sudbury
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.
Video from Protect Sudbury about the high voltage power lines:
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:
- FARNWR: Letter to Eversource (pdf file)
- Protect Sudbury: www.protectsudbury.org
- Protect Hudson: www.protecthudsonma.org
- Press Coverage: www.protectsudbury.org/press-coverage/
- Eversource: www.eversource.com/
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.
Hear from Jared Green on the Blanding's turtles project:
About the Friends
Former Friends president Betsy Griffin received a Certificate of Special Recognition for the Friends work from Congresswoman Niki Tsongas at the Fourth Annual River Day on Sunday, September 12th 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.
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