The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently announced the 2019 round of funding for the Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund. Twenty-eight new conservation and restoration grants totaling $4.63 million were awarded, leveraging $5.75 million in match from the grantees, to generate a total conservation impact of $10.38 million.
The Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund aims to conserve and restore natural areas, corridors, and waterways on public and private lands to support native migratory and resident wildlife and fish, and native plants; and to contribute to the social health and economic vitality of the communities in the Delaware River watershed.
North Jersey RC&D was awarded $221,993 to enhance in-stream and wildlife habitat on 1.3 miles of stream within the Pequest River Wildlife Management Area. The project will restore important ecological function and resiliency to an area of regional significance, as well as improve outdoor recreational and educational opportunities within a 90-area wetland on protected public lands. The project results will be shared with conservation professionals and the public, serving as a model for a successful and collaborative restoration.