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Nonprofit considers expanding Davenport marsh

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A nonprofit overseeing Davenport's Nahant Marsh wants to ensure it can protect and preserve the natural resources already under its watch before buying 40 more acres of adjoining land.

Nahant Marsh has seen a sharp increase in the number of visitors within the past 10 years from about 2,500 annually to almost 18,000 this past year.

Nonprofit Nahant Marsh board of trustees is considering purchasing 40 acres of adjacent land, including wetlands, to expand its property.

They've hired a consulting firm to make sure it can properly care for its natural resources before buying more land.

Executive Director Brian Ritter tells the Quad-City Times that they want to grow responsibly.

He says the consulting firm will also conduct a feasibility assessment for raising $3 million for education, conservation and recreation.

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