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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Coastal Program Protects the 800th Acre in the Pocomoke River Watershed
Northeast Region, November 24, 2009
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Forested wetlands on protected property. Dan Murphy USFWS
Forested wetlands on protected property. Dan Murphy USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Pocomoke River and forsted wetlands of protected property. Dan Murphy USFWS
Pocomoke River and forsted wetlands of protected property. Dan Murphy USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

 

The Chesapeake Bay Field Office Coastal Program, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR,) has protected a 314-acre farm on the Pocomoke River through the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement. The forests and wetlands of the Pocomoke River are a biodiversity hotspot and a highly significant region for neotropical migratory birds, waterfowl, and rare, threatened, and endangered plants and animals, such as the Delmarva fox squirrel.  This particular property supports 189 acres of mature cypress swamp, 50 acres of mature oak hickory forest, and 75 acres of farmland. 

 

With the purchase of this conservation easement, the Partnership has protected a total of 807 acres on four properties on the Pocomoke River and its two main tributaries, Nassawango Creek and Dividing Creek.  The protection of this property is part of a larger strategic project to protect over 4000 acres in the watershed using several sources of funds including the FWS Northeast Region Coastal Program, North American Wetland Conservation Act grants, TNC, DNR, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

For more information contact:                                                                                            Dan Murphy                                                                                                                    410/573-4521                                                                 dan_murphy@fws.gov                            


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov



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