Chestertown, MD — The Center for Environment & Society at Washington College has received a grant award of $8,400 from Friends of Eastern Neck, Inc., to assist with stewardship programs at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. The total program cost is $15,058, with the Center contributing $6,658.
Funding will support a small-scale oyster restoration project and allow the Center to make a significant leap forward in developing program offerings to engage students, Friends of Eastern Neck volunteers, and visitors to Eastern Neck Island in the interdisciplinary study of the Bay.
The six-month-long project unites the two groups as they collaborate with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wye Research & Education Center, Horn Point Lab, and others in conservation science, education, and outreach programs.
"We are very excited by the potential of this project," says CES Director John Seidel, "and we believe it is essential to engaging volunteers and stakeholders, promoting stewardship of the Refuge, and educating people about benthic habitat."
The Center for Environment & Society works to instill a conservation ethic by connecting people to the land and water. It supports interdisciplinary research and education, exemplary stewardship of natural and cultural resources, and the integration of ecological and social values. For more information, visit ces.washcoll.edu or call 410-778-7295.
The Friends of Eastern Neck, Inc. is a non-profit organization that supports the missions of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Eastern Neck NWR through financial, advocacy, and volunteer support. To learn more about volunteer opportunities through the Friends of Eastern Neck, Inc. visit www.fws.gov/northeast/easternneck/ or call (410) 639-7056.
July 23, 2008