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2 Chicago-area wetlands projects get federal grants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing $150,000 to help restore wetlands habitats in Chicago’s suburbs.

Ducks Unlimited received a $75,000 federal grant toward a project to protect 36 acres of wetland and upland habitat and to restore 75 acres of former wetland habitat in Black Crown Marsh, near the border of Lake and McHenry counties. The work is part of a larger effort to restore the 375-acre Black Crown Marsh complex.

The Will County Forest Preserve District also received a $75,000 grant to help restore or enhance 96 acres of former wetland and grassland habitat at Hadley Valley Preserve. Projects include reestablishing native prairie and wetland plants.

The Fish and Wildlife Service announced the grants Tuesday. They’re among $1.2 million in grants awarded to projects in the Midwest.

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