Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants

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In June, officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the approval of more than $960,000 for grants aimed at protecting, restoring, and enhancing 908 acres of wetlands and wildlife habitat in Wisconsin and New York under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The grants were awarded under the Great Lakes Watershed Habitat and Species Restoration Initiative Grants Programs administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

2014 funded projects include:

New York

The Western New York Land Conservancy was awarded $300,000 to permanently protect a 29 acre parcel through a fee-title acquisition, and create the new Stella Niagara preserve on the Niagara River.


Mequon Nature Preserve, Inc. was granted $38,000 to restore and enhance 91 acres of wetlands and associated uplands at the Mequon Nature Preserve in Ozaukee County, Wis.

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust was granted $300,000 to protect 650 acres across six properties located along the Lake Michigan shoreline and Milwaukee River Corridor.

The Nature Conservancy will be granted $250,000 to protect 98 acres across three parcels in Door County, Wis., where habitats are rapidly disappearing via coastal development.

The Bayfield Regional Conservancy will be granted $72,997 to protect 40 acres of habitat adjacent to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield County, Wis.

source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service