A large grant is on its way to help preserve the wildlife in the Western U.P. The Michigan Department of Transportation and the Keweenaw Land Trust received a $1 million grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. The grant will be used to purchase over 1,300 acres of coastal wetlands and near shore aquatic habitats, including approximately a mile of Lake Superior shoreline, which support a diversity of mammal and bird species like raptors, waterfowl, and black bears. This week, Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters say they are very pleased with the support for the wildlife habitats in the Abbaye Peninsula and Huron Bay of Lake Superior in Baraga County. The grant is one of 25 projects receiving funding, which is expected to generate billions of dollars in recreation and tourism in the state.