Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation program provides $1 million for conservation and restoration of Clough Island near Duluth and Superior

November 29, 2010

Clough Island photo by Richard Hamilton Smith

The USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation program awarded a $1 million grant that will help pay for the conservation and restoration of Clough Island, a haven for the lake sturgeon, migratory birds and native wildlife where the St. Louis River meets Lake Superior.

"Coastal wetlands are a high priority for the Fish and Wildlife Service because of their invaluable contributions to the Great Lakes ecosystem,” said Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “They protect against flooding, support good water quality and provide habitat for a diverse range of birds and other wildlife. Not only do these coastal environments have ecological importance, but they also support the more than $7 billion Great Lakes economy fueled by commercial and recreational fishing and tourism."

With the help of the Service’s NCWC program grant, The Nature Conservancy acquired the 358-acre estuary, protecting it from development and ensuring its preservation for conservation and outdoor recreation. See TNC’s News Release (pdf).

Last updated: February 12, 2013