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Eastern Neck NationalWildlife RefugeHail Cove Habitat Restoration Team Receives Recognition with Coastal America Award
Northeast Region, April 21, 2010
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The Hail Cove Living Shoreline Partnership group was recognized with a national award.  A group of over 15 partners that came together to protect and restore habitat at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) were recognized for their efforts with the Coastal America Partnership Award.  The Hail Cove Living Shoreline Team received the 2009 Coastal America Partnership Award for outstanding efforts to restore and protect the coastal environment.  The award event was held on April 21, 2010, at Queenstown, Maryland overlooking the Chester River and Eastern Neck NWR.  In this early Earth Day Event, over 15 partners were recognized for their contributions to this important restoration and protection project.  A living shoreline was constructed along a narrow isthmus that protects the head of Hail Creek, an important area that provides large beds of submerged aquatic vegetation that support a myriad of fish and wildlife including wintering and migratory waterfowl and serves as nursery areas for fin and shell fish populations.  Breakwaters at the mouth of Hail Cove were also constructed to reduce the high energy wind and wave action causing erosion into the River and the Chesapeake Bay.  And the final piece of the project included the oyster restoration in the Cove.

Speakers at the event included Gene Ransom, Queen Anne's County Commissioner, Virginia Tippe,  Director of Coastal America,  Suzanne Baird, Refuge Manager, Jana Davis, Director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust,  and Wendy Weber, Northeast Regional Deputy Director, USFWS.  The awards were presented by Dan Ashe, Deputy Director, USFWS.

Team Members that received recognition included: 

Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, Maryland Chapter

Vulcan Materials Company

Constellation Energy

The Chesapeake Bay Trust

FishAmerica Foundation

National Aquarium, Conservation Team

Friends of Eastern Neck

Washington College, Center for Environment and Society

Waterfowl Festival, Inc. of Easton, Maryland

Ducks Unlimited, Annapolis Office

Maryland Eastern Shore Resource Conservation and Development Council

Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Migratory Bird Stamp Fund

Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Watershed Services

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, Coastal Program


Following the award presentations those present participated in a ceremonial planting of several trees in the small waterfront park area.  Once the tree plantings were completed those interested visited Eastern Neck NWR to see the completed work at Hail Cove.  Although the weather for the event was a little rainy the event was successful and this important project received this well deserved recognition.


Contact Info: Suzanne Baird, 410-228-2692, suzanne_baird@fws.gov
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