ALPENA, Mich. — Michigan is set to receive a $900,000 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation grant that will join Negwegon State Park’s two pieces.
The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant is one among 28 projects in 12 states funded by the program this year, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service release. It’ll be used to purchase 390 acres of privately owned land along Negwegon State Park’s western boundary.
To meet the grant program’s match requirement, the state is offering 180 acres of land, bringing the project total to over 570 acres, according to the release. Within that there are 491 acres of coastal wetlands, which are rapidly declining nationwide. Adding this land to the state park will conserve a piece of land that serves as habitat for wildlife, improves water quality and offers recreational opportunities.
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