Monday, March 20, 2006

Land acquisitions for NWRs

Thanks to proceeds from Duck Stamp sales, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission recently approved more than $3 million to purchase almost 2,200 acres of wetlands and associated habitat. Those purchases will add to national wildlife refuges in Vermont, New Jersey, Louisiana, Texas and California.

The commission also allocated more than $18.5 million for 35 conservation projects in 18 states and Mexico. The funding will come from the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, and partners in 19 U.S. projects will contribute almost $65 million. That money will allow the restoration of more than 105,000 acres of wetlands. Mexican partners will contribute more than $3.8 million toward the conservation of almost 36,000 acres.

The purchases for the National Wildlife Refuge System include
- 316 acres in California's North Central Valley Wildlife Management Area
- 1,802 acres in Texas' San Bernard NWR
- 31 acres for Cape May NWR in New Jersey
- 19.7 acres for New Jersey's Edwin B. Forsythe NWR
- 10.1 acres for Vermont's Missisquoi NWR


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