BetteBack: Bette Midler Argues for Wetlands

Bette Midler Argues for Wetlands
Article from:AP Online
Article date:June 3, 2002

KAPAA, Hawaii (AP) _ Entertainer Bette Midler is looking to place about 100 acres of her land on Kauai Island into the federal Wetlands Reserve Program for the benefit of endangered waterfowl.

“She’s signed up for a perpetual easement,” said Sharon Reilly of the conservation group Ducks Unlimited. “The intent of the program is to restore wetlands that were manipulated, drained, pumped or whatever, and to enhance them for waterfowl.”

The property is part of 1,400 acres of mostly sugarcane land that Midler bought in 1999. The land was originally swamp, but it was drained and used to grow sugar.

The Honolulu Advertiser reported Sunday that Midler declined to comment on the refuge, saying through a spokesperson that she would issue a statement when her plans are further along.

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