DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- An acquisition of Amenia and Dover land from their owners will become part of a Dutchess County federal wildlife refuge, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.
The 1,500 acres of lands will be acquired voluntarily, government officials told the newspaper.
The plan responds to the lessening of shrublands that are now forests due to growth, said the Poughkeepsie Journal.
Locally, the refuge which comprises six states, will be called "the Northern Housatonic Focus Area," according to the report.
Part of it will be in Connecticut, in the northwest part, said the Poughkeepsie Journal.