Most Recent Wildlife Refuge Dedicated

America now has a 553rd wildlife refuge, Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge will conserve nationally significant wildlife areas, including habitat for threatened and endangered species and a major corridor for migratory birds and bats. Located only 75 miles from New York City and 100 miles from Philadelphia, the refuge represents a new opportunity to connect more than 3 million citizens with the outdoors.

We, the people, made this happen because we prioritized open space and protecting natural assets. “Cherry Valley is a model for the President’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative,” said Acting Director Rowan Gould. “It is an example of how private citizens and local communities can safeguard the places they care about. The Service is pleased to be part of the citizen-led partnership that helped create this refuge, and we look forward to working with our new neighbors to protect additional lands as part of the refuge.”

Get outside this weekend, with or without your Halloween costume, and make sure to leave only footprints.

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