By Henry Netherland

NAWCA awards $1 million grant for local wetland restoration


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The $1 million NAWCA grant will be used to restore over 600 acres of drained or ditched wetlands on the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge.

SWAN VALLEY – Swan Valley Connections (SVC) received a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to fund a wetland restoration project on the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). NAWCA is the federal grant program dedicated to funding the conservation of wetland habitats for migratory birds. This was the only project funded in Montana by the NAWCA this grant period.

The goal of the project is to restore the natural water flows of wetlands that were ditched and drained in the homesteading era. The restor...

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