More Land Protected!

Every year, MassWildlife acquires and protects more land as Wildlife Management Areas and Wildlife Conservation Easements (WMAs and WCEs) for wildlife to thrive and for people to enjoy. Our fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30, so we just wrapped up land projects for fiscal year 2019. In that year, we acquired 2,428 acres at a total cost of $6.2 million. Funding for land protection during fiscal year 2019 came from four sources: the $5 Wildlands Stamp added to hunting and fishing licenses sold in Massachusetts; the Massachusetts Open Space Bond; additional grant funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; and In-Lieu Fee funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The addition of 611 acres to the Fox Den WMA, in the towns of Chester, Middlefield, and Worthington, increases the acreage of this large property by more than 10%! It was already one of our largest properties, at over 5,000 acres; the new acquisitions raise that to almost 5,650 acres.

We’ve edited the boundaries of this WMA in iNaturalist to reflect these new additions. Nobody at all, not even MassWildlife, has done any iNaturalizing in these 611 acres of new Wildlife Management Area. Let’s go see what we can find!

Publicado el 26 de agosto de 2019 por masswildlife masswildlife


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