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Biden Infrastructure Law invests $1.4 Million in Pocosin Lakes Boardwalk

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a $1.4 million grant to overhaul the Scuppernong River Boardwalk at the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge during a visit on Thursday. The funding, part of a $157 million ecosystem restoration investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will revitalize the popular path, offering visitors an even better glimpse into the wonders of the “pristine forest,” as Haaland described it.

“Nature is our best ally in the fight against climate change and now, through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, we have new transformational resources to advance locally led, partnership-driven projects that will catalyze nature-based solutions and build resilient communities and landscapes,”, Haaland said in a statement, highlighting the importance of protecting natural spaces and fostering an appreciation for them. The boardwalk and visitor center serve as a gateway to the refuge, attracting around 30,000 visitors annually.

The grant was celebrated by local officials like Tyrrell County Manager David Clegg, who emphasized the role of ecotourism in the county’s economy. “We are here to protect, preserve, promote, and profit from this area,” he stated, underscoring the importance of responsible tourism and its economic benefits.

The overhaul will enhance the visitor experience while ensuring the boardwalk’s longevity. Specific details on the construction timeline are yet to be announced. North Carolina will also benefit from other ecosystem restoration projects funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including seagrass seedbank initiatives in national parks and mine restoration efforts led by the U.S. Geological Survey.

This project exemplifies the Biden administration’s commitment to environmental stewardship and community development. By revitalizing natural spaces and supporting local economies, investments like this pave the way for a more sustainable and prosperous future.


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