ME - $2.4M Awarded for Natural Resource Conservation of Maine Wetlands

Eleven projects to restore, enhance or protect wetlands and other important natural resources around the state were selected to receive the latest round of funds from the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program.

The projects include a dam removal project in Vassalboro, a tidal culvert upgrade in Cape Elizabeth, and conservation of high-value wetlands at sites ranging in size from 24 acres to nearly 500 acres.

In all, $2,455,038 was awarded to restore or enhance almost 10 acres of wetlands and help conserve over 1,300 acres of wetlands and upland buffer.

The Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program "has become one of Maine’s most important tools for conservationists and developers to work together to protect fragile wetland habitats,” Melanie Loyzim, acting commissioner of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, said in a news release. “It’s a win for Maine’s natural environment, and it’s a win for Maine’s economy.”

Conservation projects are in six Maine counties and include the towns of Masardis, Winthrop, Chebeague Island, Georgetown, Harpswell, Oxford, Fryeburg, Sanford and South Berwick.

Recipients include the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Kennebec Land Trust, Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust, Maine Rivers, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, Western Foothills Land Trust, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Three Rivers Land Trust, Great Works Regional Land Trust, and the town of Cape Elizabeth.  

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