Will Co. wetland project awarded federal grant
The Associated Press June 12, 2012 1:54PM
Updated: June 14, 2012 12:29PM
CHICAGO — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing $150,000 to help restore wetland habitat in Illinois.
The Will County Forest Preserve District also received a $75,000 grant to help restore or enhance 96 acres of former wetland and grassland habitat at Hadley Valley Preserve, located along Route 6 and Gougar Road near Interstate 355 between Joliet and New Lenox. Projects include reestablishing native prairie and wetland plants.
The other $75,000 grant was awarded to Ducks Unlimited to be used toward a project to protect 36 acres of wetland and upland habitat and to restore 75 acres of former wetland habitat in Black Crown Marsh, near the border of Lake and McHenry counties. The work is part of a larger effort to restore the 375-acre Black Crown Marsh complex.
The Fish and Wildlife Service announced the grants on Tuesday. They’re among $1.2 million in grants awarded to projects in the Midwest.