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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Protects Rare Butterfly Habitat and Forests
Northeast Region, January 19, 2010
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Rare frosted elfin butterfy, Dan Feller, Maryland Department of Resources website http://www.dnr.state.md.us
Rare frosted elfin butterfy, Dan Feller, Maryland Department of Resources website http://www.dnr.state.md.us - Photo Credit: n/a

 

A partnership consisting of the Chesapeake Bay Field Office Coastal Program and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, the North American Wetland Conservation Act grant program, The Nature Conservancy, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources has purchased a 280-acre property in the Nassawango Creek watershed in Maryland. 

 

The property currently consists of 53 acres of forested wetlands and 227 acres of mostly loblolly pine forests of varying age classes.  The property falls within a State-designated Ecologically Sensitive Area that supports seven state-listed species including a wild lupine and its codependent butterfly, the frosted elfin.

 

Once purchased, much of the forest will be managed to succeed to a more diverse mix of tree species in order to provide optimal habitat for forest interior-dwelling species, neotropical migratory birds, and the federally-endangered Delmarva fox squirrel. Additionally, 25 acres will be restored to the savannah-like habitat conditions needed by the wild lupine and the frosted elfin.

 

The protection of the property will build on a Green Infrastructure Hub of 4,000 acres of mostly state-owned forests and wetlands in the watershed.  It will contribute to the beginning of a wildlife habitat corridor linking protected State lands to The Nature Conservancy's 10,000-acre Nassawango Preserve, less than one mile away. This is part of a larger landscape-scale project to protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat in the Pocomoke River watershed, a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay.

 

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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