New funds to protect wetlands and migratory birds approved

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Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission March
26 approved $61.3 million in funding to protect, restore and enhance almost 83,000
hectares of wetlands and associated uplands in the United States, Canada and
Mexico.

“Conservation of our nation’s wetlands is critical to protecting our wildlife,
watersheds, coastal communities and important economic activities,” said Secretary
of the Interior Sally Jewell, chair of the commission. “Wetlands not only are home to
hundreds of species of migratory birds, but they also provide us with clean water, act
as buffers against storms, support our vibrant coastal fishing industries, and provide
unique opportunities for outdoor recreation.”

The commission approved $54.7 million in grants through the North American
Wetlands Conservation Act to protect, restore and enhance almost 81,000 hectares
of habitat for migratory birds in the United States, Mexico and Canada, leveraging an
additional $92.6 million in matching funds. CONTINUE TO FULL STORY>>