People and Wildlife

Trail Groups working together on the West Saddleback Connector Multi-use Trail

The Board of Directors of the High Peaks Alliance invites all citizens of Franklin County to join us in examining the pros and cons of creating a new National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in the High Peaks area. Open public conversation is necessary before local people can decide whether to pursue a new NWR. The purpose of this report is to introduce the proposal, and to answer the questions we anticipate our fellow citizens will ask. If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed here, please contact us so that we can help find the answers.


View of High Peaks from Mt Abram

Establishment of a new National Wildlife Refuge in the High Peaks region is a conservation opportunity that appears to address our number one concern – the loss of traditional public recreational access for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, ATV riding, hiking and similar activities.

Please join us in further careful and deliberate study of this once-in-a-generation conservation and economic opportunity. Help decide whether we can Keep a way of life: hunting, fishing, and trails for future generations, by planning a new High Peaks National Wildlife Refuge.

Follow the links below to see:

Basic Information about the project,

Frequently Asked Questions about:

ATV and Snowmobile Riding, Hiking/Skiing/Biking,


Hunting, Fishing and Guides,


Logging and Development,

Differences between National Wildlife Refuges, National Parks and National Forests, NWR Management,

What some local people and organizations are saying about People and Wildlife,

Or, contact us, if you have a question which is not addressed by this website and we will do our best to help you find an answer.

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