Nature Conservancy Grant Will Impact Door County

The Nature Conservancy has been awarded a one million dollar grant to protect, restore & enhance important coastal wetlands & habitats in Michigan & Wisconsin, including Door County. The funding from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act will be matched with $3.4 million in contributions from the Nature Conservancy, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Door County Land Trust & private landowners. The project area is a key bird migration corridor that extends from the northern tip of the Door Peninsula to Michigan’s Garden Peninsula & includes the Grand Traverse chain of islands. Half of the grant funding will go toward the purchase of Saint Martin Island from the Luber family of Milwaukee & Door County by the conservancy in November of last year. The remainder of the grant will be used to purchase an additional 76 acres of wetland habitat in Door County & other parts of the Green Bay watershed as part of a plan that includes the elimination of non-native invasive plants.

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