LoBiondo Applauds $1.3 Million Funding for Forsythe & Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuges in South Jersey

Sep 7, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) today applauded the U.S. Department of the Interior’s announcement that two of South Jersey’s three national wildlife refuges - Edwin B. Forsythe and Supawna Meadows - would be receiving federal funding for acquisition of additional land for conservation. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, chaired by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, approved a total of $21.9 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to conserve, enhance or restore more than 92,000 acres of lands for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds in 16 states.

“Few things garner the strong level of support as the nation’s wildlife refuges do. These treasured and protected areas offer enjoyment to both local residents and visitors while providing habitats to native wildlife,” said LoBiondo. “One of the unique characteristics of South Jersey is our refuges. This investment by the Interior Department and its conservation partners is welcome news to our region. I will continue to strongly support efforts to preserve and protect our wildlife refuges.”

The grant awards are as follows:

  • $867,600 for the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
  • $440,300 for the Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

“The funds for this parcel will go towards acquiring lands for the refuge, making new lands available for use by hunters in the coming years. I appreciate the New Jersey DEP for helping acquire this land and Congressman LoBiondo’s continued support for our refuges,” said Virginia Rettig, Manager of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

According to the Interior Department, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants will be matched by more than $45 million in partner funds.  NAWCA is the only federal grant program dedicated to the conservation of wetland habitats for migratory birds while supporting American traditions such as hunting, fishing, birdwatching, family farming and cattle ranching.

“I grew up hunting and fishing and know first-hand how important the outdoors is for our own health, the health of our communities and the health of our economy,” said Interior Secretary Zinke. “The projects approved today by the commission will benefit hundreds of wetland and coastal bird species, other wildlife, and their habitats, ensuring we have the ability to pass our shared heritage down to our kids and grandkids.”

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