State gets federal grants for wetlands protection

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state of Alaska has won $2.6 million dollars in federal grants to protect coastal wetlands.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is awarding the grants under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program. The grants are funded from excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat sales and small engine fuels.

The money will be used to protect more than 6,000 acres of wildlife habitat in Juneau, Palmer and Gustavus.

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