SCARBOROUGH — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been approved to work with land owners on the potential acquisition of more than 800 acres in Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth for the new Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge.
The refuge, concentrated around the existing Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, will be dedicated to managing young forest habitat and shrubland, both of which have been on the decline, according to a USFWS press release.
From a larger scope, the Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge will be created in 10 focus areas across six states in New England.
Most of the area now eligible for acquisition is along the shore, from Prouts Neck in Scarborough to about the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth border, Town Manager Tom Hall said Wednesday.
Updated Nov. 4, 2016.