PORTLAND — Maine is one of 13 states receiving grant money from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for coastal wetlands projects.

The agency’s 2012 National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant Program is giving out a total of $20.5 million for 24 projects.

In Maine, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is getting $980,000 to purchase wetlands in the eastern Maine town of Addison to establish the Pleasant Bay Wildlife Management Area, which will have a total area of about 2,000 acres.

The department has been working with the Pleasant River Wildlife Foundation for about two years to establish the new wildlife management area.

The goal is to protect coastal wetland systems that support shorebirds, migratory wintering waterfowl and fishery resources, while also providing public access.

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