Blue Heron Nature Preserve receives funding for wetland restoration

Blue Heron Nature Preserve plans to restore 2.5 acres of wetlands on its Buckhead property with a $71,000 grant and other funding the nonprofit recently received.

Blue Heron was chosen from 250 applicants nationwide to receive a $30,000 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant for urban wetland restoration, a Dec. 4 news release announced.

Another $41,000 in matching funds was provided by local groups including Blue Heron itself, the Atlanta Audubon Society, the Amphibian Foundation, the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, Hands On Atlanta, Beech Hollow Farms and Marcy Scott, a local ichthyologist, according to the Liberation.

The non-profit organization plans to use 300 volunteers to help with the work, which is expected to include removing invasive plant species and planting native species. A new wharf is expected to be built for research and education programs like children’s camps, according to the release.

“This is a unique opportunity to not only restore critical and endangered habitat in an urban environment, but also engage the community to find out for themselves why efforts like these are so important. “, Brooke Vacovsky, head of projects and operations at Blue Heron, said in the statement.

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