The 330-acre Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, will soon become a part of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge under the permanent stewardship of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
The refuge, lying mostly between I-91 and the Connecticut River and straddling the Connecticut-Massachusetts line, is “a jewel of rare undisturbed floodplain habitat,” noted Kate Leary, project coordinator for Stebbins. “Now and into the future, it will have the benefit of professional management and protection under the Conte umbrella,” she said. It is the largest known tract of “floodplain forest” in Massachusetts.
Learn more about the federal stewardship of the Stebbins Wildlife Refuge in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.