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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Coastal Program Conservation Partnerships Awarded National Coastal Wetlands Grants
Northeast Region, January 5, 2010
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Cedar Island, Dan Murphy USFWS
Cedar Island, Dan Murphy USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
South Point, Dan Murphy USFWS
South Point, Dan Murphy USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Cropper Island, Dan Murphy USFWS
Cropper Island, Dan Murphy USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

Two 2010 National Coastal Wetlands Grants (NCWG) have been awarded to conservation partnerships led by the Chesapeake Bay Field Office (CBFO) Coastal Program.  A total of 570 acres of Delmarva Peninsula wetlands and forests will be protected using $1,072,610 in NCWG funds leveraged by a combination of State funds and landowner contributions totaling $1,116,390. 

 

Cedar Island Coastal Wetland Protection - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) was awarded $207,760 to acquire 200 acres in Somerset County, including 192 acres of estuarine salt marsh located on Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds on the Chesapeake Bay. These funds will leverage $216,240 of non-Federal cost share. This parcel will be incorporated into the adjacent 3,000-acre Cedar Island Wildlife Management Area, completing the protection of the entire island. Located in the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture's Tangier Sound and Bay Islands sub-focus area, Pocomoke Sound and Cedar Island support some of the best remaining beds of submerged aquatic vegetation in Maryland and are considered to be important for breeding black duck. Partners in the project include the USFWS CBFO Coastal Program and the Lower Shore Land Trust.

 

South Point Property and Croppers Island Conservation Easements - The MDNR was awarded $864,850 to acquire conservation easements on the 160-acre South Point property and the 210-acre Croppers Island property in Worcester County along Ayers Creek and Newport Bay. These funds will leverage $900,150 in non-Federal cost share. Both properties are located within the 153,000-acre Maryland Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed. The acquisitions will protect 1.5 miles of shoreline on Newport Bay, 163 acres of estuarine intertidal and palustrine forested coastal wetlands, 92 acres of native coastal plain forest, habitat for breeding and wintering waterfowl, breeding habitat for water birds and shorebirds, and stop-over habitat for migrating birds. Twenty-four acres of wetlands will be restored through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Partners in the project include the USFWS CBFO Coastal Program, the Lower Shore Land Trust, Worcester County, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

 

Contacts:

Leslie Gerlich 

410/573-4587

leslie_gerlich@fws.gov

 

Dan Murphy 

410/573-4521

dan_murphy@fws.gov


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



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