Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, VermontPhoto credit: TPL Archives

Established in 1943 and located on Lake Champlain near the Vermont-Canada border, the 6,500-acre Missisquoi refuge includes the largest intact floodplain forest in the Northeast, and also provides habitat for many species of wildlife, including black terns, bald eagles, and the rare Eastern spiny soft-shell turtle. TPL worked with the Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge to complete two studies that helped guide the refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Plan and its land acquisition priorities. In 2002, TPL began its first land acquisition project in the area, the addition of 39 acres of forested wetlands to the refuge, and in 2003 investigated additional projects that resulted in an additional 10 acres added to the refuge.

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