A boat seen from the Land’s End Beach at the end of Bailey Island in Harpswell passes by the Little Mark Island Monument, a widely recognized landmark of Casco Bay's historic maritime landscape. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

YARMOUTH, Maine — Maine conservation authorities are going to use more than $450,000 in federal money to protect dozens of acres of coastal wetlands in the southern part of the state.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received the grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. The money will help pay for the state’s Cousins River Fields and Marsh Conservation Project, which will protect about 43 acres in the Casco Bay watershed, Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree said.

Pingree called the funding “great news for the fish, wildlife, and habitats in Maine and for the communities of people that enjoy our incredible landscapes.”

The conservation project is one of more than two dozen around the country that were announced recently, Pingree said.