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      Millions of dollars slated to protect wetlands and bird habitats

      The Arcadia Marsh Expansion Project in Manistee County is getting nearly $70,000.

      Michigan is getting a share of $61 million in funding to protect, restore and enhance wetlands and other areas that are migratory bird habitats.

      The Michigan Upper Peninsula Coastal Wetland Project is getting $1 million to target habitat gaps and habitat management limitations. And a Michigan project involving the U.P.'s Garden Peninsula also is getting $1 million to help protect land.

      The Arcadia Marsh Expansion Project in Manistee County is getting nearly $70,000.

      The Manistee County project will protect threatened sedge meadow and marsh habitat within Arcadia Marsh, at the drowned river mouth of Bowens Creek.

      The area provides habitat for 17 threatened bird species, and will allow public access to the creek and surrounding grasslands for wildlife viewing, fishing and other recreational activities. Protecting this parcel of land will also provide opportunities for future restoration projects and to expanded invasive species control.

      The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission recently approved $54.7 million to protect, restore and enhance more than 200,000 acres of habitat in the United States, Mexico and Canada. It also approved nearly $6.6 million related to land acquisitions.