Fiscal Year 2011 Plan Details $491 million for Restoration
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is one of several federal agencies that contributed to the first-annual Action Plan for fiscal year 2011. The action plan, released September 30, 2010, details funding and activities dedicated to restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, including meeting the specific goals set forth in the Executive Order strategy. These actions are based on the PresidentŐs FY 2011 Budget Request and are contingent upon receipt of congressional appropriations in support of that request. The Action Plan is available at http://executiveorder.chesapeakebay.net.
Pristine Bald Cypress-Atlantic Cedar Wetlands Protected!
Through the efforts of the Pocomoke River Conservation Partnership, 290 acres of
unique southern bald cypress - Atlantic white cedar forested wetland will be protected.
Located across from Hickory Point Cypress Swamp Natural Heritage Area (NHA), known
to support twelve state-listed species including the state-endangered Swainson's
warbler, the property is considered to be an extension of the ecologically significant
habitat found at Hickory Point. Uplands adjacent to this property served as a translocation
site for the federally endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, and there are three bald
eagle nests directly across the river from this property. Both Delmarva fox squirrels
and bald eagles have been observed on the property. It will be incorporated into the
Pocomoke State Forest.
3.25 Million Restoration Stockings of American Shad in the Rappahannock River, Virginia
In 2009, Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery produced and stocked 3.25 million marked
American shad fry as part of a cooperative interagency project to restore this commercially
and recreationally important fishery species to the Rappahannock River. All of the
released fish carry a permanent tetracycline mark on their ear bones that distinguish
them from wild fish, which will allow biologists to determine the success of the