New England senators urge wildlife refuge funding


SAXTONS RIVER, VT. >> Senators from four New England states are calling on the U.S. Department of the Interior to provide what they call robust funding for land, water and wildlife protection in the Connecticut River basin.

Both Senators from Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and one from New Hampshire — Sen. Jeanne Shaheen — signed on to a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to urge continued support for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The seven senators also urged priority funding for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, a series of protected parcels in the four states touched by the Connecticut River.

The senators say the refuge includes more than 350,000 acres of conserved land in the Connecticut River watershed, an area with 2.3 million residents.


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