Menendez Applauds Grants to Enhance NJ Wetlands, Protect Wildlife in Sussex, Burlington Counties

Menendez Applauds Grants to Enhance NJ Wetlands, Protect Wildlife in Sussex, Burlington Counties

   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez applauded the selection of two New Jersey conservation projects which received grants through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) to conserve wetlands for migratory birds and protect wildlife in Sussex and Burlington Counties.  Sen. Menendez has been a strong proponent of NAWCA during his Senate tenure, and advocates for program funding through the annual appropriations process.

“I believe we have an obligation to protect and preserve New Jersey’s wetlands because of the enormous ecological, economic and social benefits they provide our state, our families and our local communities,” said Sen. Menendez.  “I’m really pleased to see these great conservation efforts get a federal boost to help bring them to fruition.”

Sussex County

New Jersey Audubon Society received a NAWCA grant of $31,651.46 for their Managing Hardwood Forests to Enhance Wetlands Ecosystems project to support waterfowl and other bird species that depend on the wetlands in the Appalachian Mountains bird conservation region.

Burlington County

New Jersey Conservation Foundation received a NAWCA grant of $100,000 to acquire more than 400 acres to permanently protect wildlife habitat, extensive wetlands, water quality, and upland forest.  The Thompson/Wright property is close to the 1,227 acre Michael Huber Warbler Preserve and will be managed as one larger preserve. 

NAWCA is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to the conservation of wetland habitats for migratory birds. Since 1989, funding has advanced the conservation of wetland habitats and their wildlife in all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. The grants were approved by the North American Wetlands Conservation Council and are awarded for smaller projects up to $100,000 to encourage new grantees and partners to carry out smaller-scale conservation work.