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Wildlife refuges are often invisible to those who don’t seek them out. But they serve an important function, both as havens for animals and as testbeds for conservation practices. To restore the Northeast’s rivers, there’s no better place to start.

In his 40 years on Elkins, West Virginia’s crystal-clear rivers, Gary Lang has not only made a living guiding his customers to some of the best trout fishing in the Northeast, but has also partnered with the Service and others to preserve those rivers for future generations. Having served as the president of his local Trout Unlimited chapter, Lang has worked to restore riverbanks, remove invasive species, and keep the rivers pristine for wildlife and people to enjoy.

An effort to restore the Mill River in Taunton, MA, recently concluded with the removal of the West Britannia Dam, restoring access for migratory fish and preventing flooding in the community.