Terri Edwards 413/253-8324 or 413/244-4235
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has purchased
"This island offers all of us a place to learn about the Bay, its history, and its ecological importance," said U.S. Representative Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.-1st), who sponsored the legislation authorizing the purchase. "It is an important component of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, and I'm pleased that it will forever be protected and become another public resource for all of us."
Situated at the head of the Bay,
The purchase of
The Conservation Fund purchased the property in 2004 with the intent of transferring it to the Service. As part of the 2001 Chesapeake Conservation Challenge, Bass Pro Shops and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation provided $150,000 to acquire
"With a fabled history that includes nearly four centuries of human occupation, the landscape of
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 545 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.