The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently awarded $1 million to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to support the acquisition of 468 acres of coastal wetlands adjacent to Lake Michigan in Door County, according to a press release.
The federal funds are provided through the 2010 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, and will supplement $ 1,001,300 in non-federal contributions from the State’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and project partners, including The Nature Conservancy and Door County Land Trust.
The federal money is part of more than $19.2 million to support 25 conservation projects benefiting fish and wildlife on more than 6,100 acres of coastal habitat in 11 states through 2010. The federal grants will be matched by nearly $26 million in partner contributions from state and local governments, private landowners and conservation groups.
Including the 2010 grants, the Service has awarded nearly $240 million to coastal states and territories since the program began in 1992. When the 2010 projects are complete, over 260,000 acres of habitat will have been protected, restored or enhanced, the release said.