Why is this important to conservation in Connecticut?
The Appropriations bill includes $1 million earmarked for acquisition of up to 545 acres along the Connecticut River, in Haddam Neck. A deal to buy the land is in place.
The land would be included in the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge and protected for birds and other wildlife for future generations. It is now part of the defunct Connecticut Yankee power plant.
The land includes forests, meadows, and marshes that are critical for nesting birds such as Wood Thrush and Bald Eagle. Anadromous fish such as blueback herring, alewives, and possibly Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon (both federally endangered) use the tidal areas to feed and as a nursery. Migratory waterfowl spend the fall, winter and spring there, feeding and preparing for nesting season and it is a critical staging area for the Purple Martins and Tree Swallows that stop over on the river each fall.
The 545 acres are also an important piece of the mosaic of habitats encompassed not only by the national fish and wildlife refuge but by other protected and unprotected areas on the river. By acquiring this land and adding it to the national wildlife refuge, we will help guarantee that it is protected and managed properly forever.
Again, please take a minute to contact your U.S. Senators. A vote is expected on Monday, so please don't delay.
Thank them for their leadership on the Land and Water Conservation Fund issue.
Ask them to communicate their support to the Senate leadership.
When we get word about the fund's fate, we will let you know. Thank you!