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Planned Indiana refuge gets $1 million boost

March 20, 2010 at 08:33 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A planned wildlife refuge that would span 6,000 acres along western Indiana’s stretch of the Wabash River is getting a $1 million federal boost.

The funding announced Wednesday by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will go toward restoring and protecting wetlands and wildlife habitat along 16 miles of the Wabash for the proposed Wabashiki (wah-bah-SHE-keh) River Fish and Wildlife Area.

Wabashiki is the Miami Indian word for the Wabash River.

State Department of Natural Resources Director Robert Carter Jr. says the money is a “tremendous boost” for recreation and quality of life in Terre Haute and west central Indiana.

Indiana’s $1 million grant adds to another $2.4 million in partner contributions that are supporting development of the wildlife area.

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