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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Coastal Program protects the 2,500th acre in the Pocomoke River Watershed!
Northeast Region, January 19, 2010
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Newly protected forested wetland in Pocomoke River watershed, Dan Murphy, USFWS
Newly protected forested wetland in Pocomoke River watershed, 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) recently protected a 141-acre farm on the Pocomoke River through the purchase of a perpetual conservation easement. The property supports 91 acres of mature cypress forest and 50 acres of farmland.  

 

With the purchase of this conservation easement, the Partnership has protected a total of 2500 acres on seven properties on the Pocomoke River and its two main tributaries, Nassawango Creek and Dividing Creek.  The forests and wetlands of the Pocomoke River are considered to be 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 is part of a larger project to protect over 4000 acres in the watershed using several sources of funds including the FWS Northeast Region Coastal Program and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, North American Wetland Conservation Act grants, TNC, DNR, and the Natural resources Conservation Service.

 

For more information contact

Dan Murphy

dan_murphy@fws.gov

410/573-4521


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



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