Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced it had purchased 38 acres of pristine land along the Salmon River from the owner of the former Connecticut Yankee power plant.
The 38-acre parcel of land runs along Salmon River Cove, where the Salmon River meets the Connecticut River in Haddam. The land will become part of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
The Conte refuge aims to conserve native plants, animals, and their habitats along the entire 7.2 million acre Connecticut River watershed. Andrew French, Program Director for the refuge, says ultimately, the parcel of land will be available for public use:
"Hunting, and fishing, and wildlife observation, environmental education, photography, and things like that. The thing I like about it is it's been invested in perpetuity for those purposes, and it's now become a member of a much larger conservation mosaic within the Connecticut River watershed."
So far, the Conte refuge has acquired 416 acres of land along the Salmon River in Connecticut.