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Feds Helping Maine Preserve Island For Conservation

A Maine state agency has been awarded $1 million to help acquire an island in the state's midcoast area for conservation.

The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grants program is making the money available to help preserve Clark Island in the Saint George area. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree says the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will work with Maine Coast Heritage Trust on the conservation project.

Pingree says the money will be used to buy 168 acres of Clark Island. The acres abut an existing 250-acre state conservation easement in Saint George.

Pingree says the preservation of the site will protect habitat for birds and allow for recreational opportunities.