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GLIN==> 2 Great Lakes States Among 10 States to Receive $13 Million for Coastal Wetlands Conservation Work to Protect Wildlife and Habitat






The Service stands ready to work with all our Great Lakes partners to
conserve, protect, and restore these Great Lakes priority resources.  Our
Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team Web Site includes links to all our Coastal
Programs that maybe of interest to you: http://greatlakes.fws.gov/

Rich

Richard Greenwood
    USFWS Liaison to USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office
    Team Leader Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Team
Great Lakes National Program Office
77 West Jackson Blvd. (G-17J)
Chicago, IL 60604
Ph:  312-886-3853  Fax:  312-353-2018
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http://greatlakes.fws.gov/



For Release:  October 28, 2004

Contact: Mitch Snow


202 208 5634


10 States Receive Funds for Coastal Wetlands Conservation Work With
PartnersInterior Secretary Announces Coastal Wetland Grants to Protect
Wildlife and Habitat in 10 States


WASHINGTON, DC  Secretary of the Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced
today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will award more than $13
million in grants to 10 states to conserve, restore and protect coastal
wetlands. States awarded grants for fiscal year 2005 under the National
Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program are Alaska, Georgia, Maine,
Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and
Wisconsin.

The grants provide funding for 16 projects and will be supplemented with
nearly $13 million from state and private partners.  The grants will be
used to acquire, restore or enhance coastal wetlands for long-term
conservation benefits to wildlife and habitat.  Partners in this year's
projects include state and local governments, private landowners, and
conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited, the Trust for Public Land, and
the Wildlife Forever Foundation.

"Citizen-stewards are often are our most effective conservationists, and
programs like the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant program
empower them." Interior Secretary Gale Norton said. "People working in
partnership will help us ensure that we can pass along a country to our
children and grandchildren a country, that is as healthy and whole as the
one we inherited..  This is another effective example of cooperative
conservation, a concept in which President Bush firmly believes."

National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grants are awarded to states through
a competitive process. The program is funded by the 1990 Coastal Wetlands
Planning, Protection and Restoration Act. Funding for the program is
generated from excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat and small
engine fuels. These taxes are deposited into the Sport Fish Restoration
Account of the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund.

To date, the Service has awarded almost $152 million in grants to states
and a U.S. territory under the program. When the 2005 grants projects are
complete, they will have protected and/or restored almost 22,000 acres.
Almost 189,000 acres will have been protected or restored since the
wetlands grant program began in 1990. National Coastal Wetlands
Conservation grants are awarded through a competitive process.

For more information about the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation
Grants Pprogram contact the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant
Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive,
Arlington, VA 22203 or Division of Federal Aid, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203; or check the
program's Internet home page at http://www.fws.gov/cep/cwgcover.html.


This year, the program became the first Service grant program to accept
proposals electronically through grants.gov. The grants.gov website is a
cross-agency E-Government initiative, spanning 900 federal financial
assistance programs and $350 billion in annual grants.


Descriptions of the 2005 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant
projects follow.


   Fiscal Year 2005 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Project
                                 Proposals

Michigan

Bete Grise Coastal Wetlands Acquisition.  Michigan's Department of Natural
Resources will  acquire 1,800 acres in Keweenaw County adjacent to the Bete
Grise Bay of Lake Superior.  The Nature Conservancy and Michigan's
Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality have identified
this area as being the single most important estuarine marsh remaining in
the Upper Great Lakes.

Partners:  The Nature Conservancy, Keweenaw Land Trust, Houghton/Keweenaw
Conservation District, and the South Shore Association.

Coastal grant request:  $1,000,000
Partners share:            $488,443
Total cost:             $1,488,443



Wisconsin

Clough Island Preservation and Restoration Project.  Wisconsin's Department
of Natural Resources will acquire 350 acres of wetlands and associated
upland habitat at the westernmost tip of the Great Lakes.  Of these 350
acres, 133 acres of impaired wetlands will be restored.  Clough Island is
in the St. Louis River estuary, and is surrounded by the metropolitan areas
of Superior, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota.  The State of Minnesota will
work with Wisconsin to implement the proposal.

Partners:  Duluth Audubon Society, Friends of Superior Municipal Forest,
Lake Superior Chapter of Muskies Incorporated, McCabe Chapter of the Izaak
Walton League, Save Lake Superior Association, and Twin Ports Bass Masters
(Minnesota B.A.S.S. Federation), and Western Skyline Preservation Alliance.

Coastal grant request:  $1,000,000
State share:                  $1,000,000
Partners share:                   $650
Total cost:             $1,000,650

North Bay?Mud Lake Ridges Land Acquisition.  The Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources will acquire or purchase conservation easements on 655
acres surrounding the North Bay of Lake Michigan in Door County.  The
project will protect important feeding, spawning and nursery grounds for a
number of fish, including northern pike, smallmouth bass and whitefish.

Partners:  The Nature Conservancy and the Ridges Sanctuary.

Coastal grant request:  $1,000,000
State share:                  $1,000,000
Partners share:            $220,000
Total cost:             $2,220,000

Washington and Detroit Island Acquisition.  Wisconsin's Department of
Natural Resources will acquire or purchase conservation easements on about
250 acres, including 11,200 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline in Door County.
These islands are at the tip of the Door Peninsula, and provide spring and
fall migration stopover habitat for songbirds and birds of prey.

Partners:  Door County Land Trust and the Washington Island Art and Nature
Center.

Coastal grant request:     $788,833
State share:                     $960,750
Partners share:              $65,000
Total cost:             $1,814,583





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