Ten grants awarded to help protect Alaska's coastal areas

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than $113,000 in grants has been awarded to 10 Southcentral Alaska wildlife and watershed conservation projects, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Coastal Program funds will allow the Homer-based Community Rivers Planning Coalition to develop a watershed protection and planning program for the Anchor River. The Anchorage Waterways Council will receive a grant to fund a similar effort.

The Kenai Watershed Forum will develop a field guide to willows for use in streambank restoration projects. And the Alaska Audubon Society will identify areas of special significance to birds throughout Cook Inlet.

In addition, several organizations received grants for a second year to continue ongoing restoration and education efforts.

The Alaska Region Coastal Program is in its second year and provides technical expertise and funds to support organizations that protect coastal areas.

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