Nature Conservancy gets helping hand to protect land near Prime Hook

by Michael Short on September 21, 2010

The Nature Conservancy has been awarded a $900,000 grant that will help preserve 507 acres almost adjacent to Prime Hook U.S. Wildlife Refuge. The land is known as the Island and Sanctuary Farms.

The land is home to rare or threatened wildlife like the black rail and perhaps the Delmarva Fox Squirrel. The grant will help buy a conservation easement for the property, which means the property remains privately owned, but development is severely limited.

The funding from the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission was announced on Sept. 20.

The Nature Conservancy of Delaware moved quickly to protect the lands. “This grant is a giant leap forward in our quest to protect this vital land,” according to Kate Hackett, the Director of Land Protection for the Conservancy.

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