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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, May 24 at 7:00 PM the Friends Annual Meeting will host Ed Sterling presenting The History of the Central Massachusetts Railroad. You don't want to miss this specially illustrated talk about the history of one of the railroads that ran through the Refuge. read more »
Work Parties, Walks, and Kids Programs
Spring is here and there's work to be done! Check out our event schedule for work party information (usually on Saturdays). And there's now monthly exhibits and short films at the Visitor 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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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 »
South Side of Assabet River NWR Closed in January
The Sudbury Valley Trustees are undertaking the Desert Natural Area Restoration immediately south of Refuge where restoration logging will take place. Operations begin in December and will continue for six to eight weeks. For the safety of our visitors and for the workers all trails in the south side of the Assabet River NWR will be closed for the month of January while logging is underway.read more »
Spring Work Projects
Refuge staff provides a description of three work projects that will be underway on the Refuge this spring: A Work Camping Project, Winterberry Way Power Line Work, and Herbicide Use on Winterberry Way.read more »
APT Completes its Second Season
Assabet Pulling Together (APT) has completed its second season of removing invasive plants from the Refuge. This year they also started planting native species. Read on to learn more or to sign up to help next year.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 »