HANCOCK — Frenchman Bay Conservancy has received a $100,000 grant to protect 167 acres along Taunton Bay that is a critical habitat for wading birds, waterfowl and other wildlife.
The area in question is located less than one mile from the 15,000-acre Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land, and within two miles of the conservancy’s 1,100-acre Schoodic Bog and Long Ledges Preserves.
The grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the nonprofit land trust would help conserve more than half of the tidal estuary on the downstream end of the Card Mill Stream and Long Pond Brook watersheds that encompass both Donnell Pond and Schoodic Bog.
“We’re excited to be able to protect critical wildlife habitat around Hog Bay in Franklin, and we’re thankful to property owners in the region who have agreed to voluntarily conserve their land,” said Aaron Dority, executive director of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
The acres are within the Taunton Bay Beginning with Habitat Focus Area, one of the most significant tidal wading bird and waterfowl habitats in the region.
The acreage includes 1.5 miles of shorefront, 73 acres of saltmarsh and tidal flats and 94 acres of upland buffer.
Local landowners are donating permanent conservation easements to the conservancy, which will serve as match for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant NAWCA grant.
For more information, contact Dority at [email protected] or 422-2328.