Monday, June 28, 2010

More land for birds & other wildlife

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission recently approved 35.7 million for refuge acquisitions and wetlands grants for migratory birds: $30.4 million for grants to conserve more than 319,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats in the United States and Canada under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and $5.3 million in Federal Duck Stamp funds to add more than 1,849 wetland acres to six refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The six refuges that will increase in size, thanks to the $15 purchase of the annual Duck Stamp, include Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in California, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey, Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts, Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge in Tennessee, and San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge in Texas.

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