EASTON — Eastern Shore Land Conservancy was recently named among the first organizations to receive grant funding through the Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (Chesapeake WILD) program, which was created by bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), co-sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), and enacted in the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act in 2020. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation administers this program.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area and other protected areas in Dorchester County sit squarely in the path of a changing climate; these areas will continue to experience significant loss of habitat over the next half century, ESLC said in a news release. These federal- and state-held lands support large populations of wildlife, particularly waterfowl and shorebirds, which are iconic to the Eastern Shore landscape and whose existence will be threatened by this land loss.

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