Originally on The Press of Atlantic City
By Sarah Watson
More than 140 acres of privately owned, undeveloped wetlands in
Middle Township near the
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge will be
purchased by the state for conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service announced Wednesday.
The federal agency is contributing $1 million in grant money
toward the $2.2 million purchase price; $1.2 million of existing
Green Acres money also will be used to purchase the saltwater marsh
and upland, a news release states.
The Middle Township tract abuts the Cape May Wetlands Wildlife
Management Area, which is one of the most significant concentration
areas for migratory birds in the world.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced the grant as part of nearly
$6.8 million for preservation in six East Coast states.