Waterfowl habitats to be conserved in Tennessee

Waterfowl habitats to be conserved in Tennessee


MEMPHIS (AP) - The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission says it has approved $28 million in funding for wetlands in Tennessee and four other states.

The commission said Wednesday it plans to acquire more than 9,000 acres of waterfowl habitat in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, who chairs the commission, says the goal is to strengthen wetlands that are habitats for hundreds of species.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency plans to permanently protect 200 acres in the Bark Camp Barrens area, which contains unique wetlands, upland forest and grasslands. Another project will protect 209 acres of migratory bird habitat on the Forked Deer River.

The project will also allow The Nature Conservancy to enhance and restore 385 acres of wetlands along the Ohio River in Kentucky.

Projects are also planned in Florida, Louisiana and North Carolina.

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