Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that nearly $6.8 million in grants will support seven projects to conserve and restore coastal wetlands in Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia. Across America, the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program will this year award $20.5 million in grants, matched by almost $21 million from state and local governments, private landowners and conservation groups.
$829,400 grant awarded to protect Delaware marsh and add bird, duck opportunities
The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife and Delaware’s Open Space Program will acquire 194 acres of intertidal and forested wetlands along the Delaware River in New Castle County.
Part of the Thousand Acre Marsh, the area is a haven for breeding and wintering waterfowl, waterbirds, muskrat and fish. The marsh also provides critical wintering habitat for bald eagles. Delaware Fish and Wildlife plans to install a platform for bird watching with interpretive signage, blinds for duck hunters and a trail system to provide public access. The grant will be matched by $503,400 of non-federal funds.
$986,604 grant will conserve Chicamacomico River wetlands in Maryland
Maryland DNR, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Audubon Maryland-DC and the Service will protect 450 acres of saltmarsh, wetlands, forests and agricultural fields on the Chicamacomico River in Dorchester County. Matched by $514,259 in non-federal funds, the grant will be used to plant trees, enhance wetlands and restore former farmlands to benefit a variety of wildlife, from black rail birds, bald eagles, black ducks and saltmarsh sparrows to American eel, striped bass and the Delmarva fox squirrel.
$1 million grant will improve water quality, wildlife around Maryland’s Choptank River
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, with the Service, Ducks Unlimited and a landowner, will protect and restore the 930-acre Point Pleasant Farm in Talbot County at the mouth of the 68-mile Choptank River. The farm peninsula symbolizes the diverse Chesapeake Bay landscape, including forested wetlands, upland hardwood and pine forests, grasslands, ponds and pristine shorelines.
Learn more at: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/news/2011/010312.html
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