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Atlantic Coast Joint Venture Recognizes Maine Wetland Protection Coalition
Northeast Region, April 7, 2014
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Phippsburg salt marsh
Phippsburg salt marsh - Photo Credit: Heather Perry, The Nature Conservancy
Duck hunter on Merrymeeting Bay Marsh
Duck hunter on Merrymeeting Bay Marsh - Photo Credit: Heather Perry, The Nature Conservancy

The Atlantic Coast Joint Venture recently awarded the Maine Wetland Protection Coalition with their 2014 North American Migratory Bird Joint Venture Conservation Champions Award. The award recognizes groups for outstanding leadership in protecting migratory birds and the lands and waters they need to survive.

 

The Coalition’s goal is to permanently protect as much high value wetland habitat in Maine as possible. This is accomplished by coordinating wetland protection projects at a landscape scale while leveraging skills and resources that each member brings to the partnership. Land trusts, for example, bring local knowledge, relationships and negotiation. The Maine Division of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) and Maine Natural Areas Program provide biological information that allows the Coalition to identify and evaluate habitat.

Coalition members include MDIFW, Gulf of Maine Coastal Program (GOMCP), Maine Coast Heritage Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Lands, Ducks Unlimited and land trusts throughout the state. This partnership model allows members to accomplish more than what their organizations could achieve independently. It ultimately protects more wetlands in Maine and furthers the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) mission.

The Service’s GOMCP has been an active partner in the Coalition since the early 1990’s. GOMCP has provided extensive knowledge of federal land protection grants and provides habitat analyses and detailed mapping packages for applications.

For more information about the Maine Wetland Protection Coalition, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/gomcp/protect_mwpc.html


For more information about the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture and their 2014 North American Migratory Bird Joint Venture Conservation Champions Award, please visit:
http://www.acjv.org/march_news_updates.htm
Contact Info: Jennifer Lapis, 413-253-8303, Jennifer_Lapis@fws.gov



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