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Federal grant seeks to protect valuable Eastern Shore marshland

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More than 2,250 acres of valuable Dorchester marshland, including over 850 acres of declining wetland habitat, is now protected thanks to a North American Wetland Conservation Act grant.

The $1.5 million are earmarked to support phase one of the Middle Chesapeake Sentinel Landscape Resilience project, which will focus on protecting land within “highly resilient” marsh migration areas.

The sum was awarded for a maximum five-year term with a bi-annual application process to return for additional funding.

A $1.5 million federal grant aims to protect valuable marshland in Dorchester County.

“Going after these federal grants requires collaboration at multiple levels of government and among organizations,” said David Satterfield, land program manager for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. “Declining wetlands in Dorchester County are important for wildlife habitat especially for species like the saltmarsh sparrow and the Delmarva fox squirrel.”

Additional partners include The Nature Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Ducks Unlimited, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service