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Category: parks and sanctuaries
Goals: To preserve and protect Maine's coastal estuarine habitat for migratory birds, resident wildlife species, and marine fishery resources.
The Refuge's eleven separate divisions extend along the coast between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth. The Refuge was established in 1966 and has an acquisition boundary totaling 14,684 acres. Visitor facilities are located at the Refuge headquarters in Wells where visitors can walk a mile-long, self-guided, wheelchair-accessible trail that meanders through upland woods to vistas of southern Maine's valuable salt marshes. The trail is open from dawn until dusk, year-round.
Resources: Carson Trail interpretive guide; bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile lists, and other publications; visitor contact area.
Region: southwest coast
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