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Interior Secretary to Sign Update of North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Announce $2.65 Million in Funding for Wetlands Conservation Projects in Maine


(NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine) -- Interior Secretary Gale Norton will hold a press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 6 to sign the 2004 update of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, reaffirming the U.S.'s commitment to this continental conservation plan with Canada and Mexico. Reporters unable to attend the press conference can listen in and ask questions by teleconference. The agreement can be found at

Norton also will announce that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission recently awarded $2.65 million in funding under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act for the Downeast Lakes Forestry Partnership, Greater Pleasant Bay Area, and Maine Forest Ecosystem projects in Maine. These projects will protect more than 800,000 acres to benefit wildlife. The projects' partners have dedicated an additional $54.7 million for these conservation efforts. Information on the grants can be found on the Fish and Wildlife Service's web page at

Who: Gale Norton, Secretary of the Interior
Ken Elowe, Director, Bureau of Resource Management, Maine Division
of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
John Tomke, President, Ducks Unlimited
Tom Rumpf, Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy, Maine
Amos Eno, Executive Director, New England Forestry Foundation

What: Interior Secretary Norton will sign for the U.S. the NAWMP 2004 update and $2.65 million in funding for three NAWCA projects in Maine.

When: 11:15 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004

Where: Pineland Farm Conference Center, 16 Pineland Dr., New Gloucester, Maine, (207)688-4604. From I-95 North, take Exit 63 (formerly Exit 11). Drive south for two miles on Route 115. Take a left on Depot Rd. and follow to its end (approx. three miles). Take a left on Route 231 North. The entrance to the center is immediately on the left.

Audio Participant Access: Call 800-857-5006 at 11:05 a.m. EDT. The pass code is 42023.





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