On June 10, 2009, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved $3.04 million in funding for the following projects. Grant funds plus $7.76 million in matching funds will affect 14,775of wetlands and upland acres. An additional $2.24 million in other contributions will be contributed. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2010 grants cycle. This information is accurate as of the date of approval. For further information about specific grant projects, please contact the grantee listed in individual project summaries. Project Summary Table.

CALIFORNIA
Project: Grasslands Wetland Enhancement Project II.
Location: Merced County.
Congressional District: 11.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Robert Eddings, Robert_eddings@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: California Department of Fish and Game.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $99,060.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32.
The projects associated with this grant are located in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.  Two are within an area known as the Grasslands Ecological Area, which comprises more than 180,000 acres of wetland habitat, the largest remaining contiguous block of wetlands in the state of California.  Project objectives are to improve the ability of land managers to deliver and convey water.  Partners will enhance 233 acres and restore 15 acres of wetlands, and build swales to improve water conveyance within the project area.
Project: Grissom – Wetland Habitat Improvement Project.
Location: Merced County.
Congressional District: 18.
Grantee: San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Contact: Kim Forrest, kim_forrest@fws.gov.
Partners: Private individual; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $120,822.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32.
This project will restore and enhance palustrine wetlands, including riparian corridor and emergent marsh habitats, on private lands in the northern San Joaquin Valley of California, where peak annual numbers of ducks and geese have ranged from 800,000 to more than 1 million during the last ten years.  Partners will develop a dedicated water source for wetlands adjacent Duck Slough, restoring 121 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands that have no deliverable water source, and enhancing 110 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands that currently have a water source primarily dedicated to agriculture.
Project: Northeastern California Wetland Enhancement II.
Location: Modoc and Siskiyou counties.
Congressional District: 4.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Robert Eddings, Robert_eddings@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: Private individual; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Bureau of Reclamation.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 9.
Project activities will take place on two national wildlife refuges in northeastern California: Tule Lake NWR and Modoc NWR.  Activities on Tule Lake NWR will contribute to an ongoing program, “Walking Wetlands,” which provides rotational management from agriculture to wetlands.  The project on Modoc NWR is a more traditional wetlands enhancement project within an existing seasonal wetland area.
Project: PALCO Marsh Enhancement.
Location: Humboldt County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: City of Eureka.
Contact: Lisa D. Shikany, lshikany@ci.eureka.ca.gov.
Partners: California Coastal Conservancy; Simpson Timber Company; North Coast Resource Center.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $150,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5.
The project will enhance 39 acres of coastal wetlands in PALCO Marsh. This tidal marsh is used by over 90 bird species, including nesting mallards and migrating northern pintail, and more than 100 plant species. As California’s second largest natural bay, Humboldt Bay is a complex estuarine ecosystem that annually supports one of the largest assemblages of wintering and migrating shorebirds and waterfowl on the Pacific Coast.  The proposed project will increase the marsh’s tidal exchange with Humboldt Bay.  Partners will replace a culvert between the marsh and bay, dredge the sediment-filled tidal channel and PALCO Marsh channel, and clean three culverts between tidal channel and marsh, as well as clean up encampments in the marsh.  Partners will also plant riparian trees along boundaries between marsh and adjacent streets.
Project: Save the Bay Tidal Marsh Transition Zone Restoration Project: Ravenswood SF2 Salt Pond (South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project), San Francisco Bay.
Location: San Mateo County.
Congressional District: 14.
Grantee: Save The Bay.
Contact: Darcie Goodman-Collins PhD, Darcie@savesfbay.org.
Partners: Adobe; private individual; Save The Bay volunteers; Pacific Gas and Electric.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: San Francisco Bay.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32.
The primary goal of this project is to provide the necessary native vegetation to ensure that ecosystem functions are reinstated at the Ravenswood SF2 Salt Pond.  Revegetation will create beneficial habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and other waterbirds.  Partners will enhance 320 acres of salt marsh habitat that includes a 235-acre pond with 30 nesting islands for shorebirds, and 85 acres of habitat for snowy plovers
COLORADO
Project: Heyborne Conservation Easement.
Location: Sedgwick County.
Congressional District: 4.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Greg Kernohan, gkernohan@ducks.org.
Partners:South Platte River Ranch
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $205,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Playa Lakes.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 18.
Ducks Unlimited, Inc., will acquire a conservation easement on approximately 700 acres of high quality habitat to protect riparian-associated and restored wetlands south of the South Platte River.  The immediate benefit of this easement is the perpetual protection of a wetland complex, providing the habitat needs of multiple wetland-associated species of greatest conservation need. Warm-water sloughs, shallow-water wetlands and recharge ponds provide high quality habitats to resident, migrating, and wintering wildlife species. Acquisition of this easement will increase breeding, migration, and wintering waterfowl habitats, conserve habitats for wetland-dependent wildlife species of concern, and improve waterfowl hunting in the state.
DELAWARE
Project: Great Cypress Swamp–Phase II Restoration.
Location: Sussex County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc./Annapolis Office.
Contact:Kurt Dyroff, kdyroff@ducks.org.
Partners: Delaware Wild Lands; Center for the Inland Bays; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Delaware Bay Estuary Project; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $86,953.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
Blanketing more than 13,000 acres, the Great Cypress Swamp is the largest remaining tract of contiguous forest on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Great Cypress Swamp–Phase II Restoration seeks to continue the collaborative effort begun in Phase I in an adjacent area. Project partners will restore at least 343 acres of forested wetlands immediately adjacent to the 426-acre Phase I restoration through a combination of ditch plugs, diversion channels, and/or water control structures. Restored hydrology will deter the establishment and proliferation of undesirable plant communities while encouraging the reestablishment of bald cypress and Atlantic white cedar. The improved hydrology will also provide breeding, migrating, and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.
FLORIDA
Project: West Loxahatchee Slough Restoration.
Location: Palm Beach County.
Congressional District: 16.
Grantee: Palm Beach County Dept. of Environmental Resources Management.
Contact: Richard E. Walesky, rwalesky@pbcgov.org.
Partners: South Florida Water Management District.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $150,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 31.
This project is part of a decades-long effort to restore the wetlands in the northern Loxahatchee Slough and its tributary buffer lands. The Loxahatchee Slough is the northern arm of the Florida Everglades, although connections with the remainder of the Everglades have been largely severed.  Combined with adjacent conservation lands, the Loxahatchee Slough forms a regionally significant wildlife corridor and supports a diverse assemblage of fish and wildlife species. It is an important rest stop for migrating birds and provides significant wintering and breeding habitat for many species, including mottled ducks, wood ducks, and other species of wading birds.  The project is expected to restore more natural hydroperiods to approximately 1,693 acres of freshwater wetlands and 2,121 acres of associated uplands and encourage the growth of appropriate native wetland or upland vegetation.
ILLINOIS
Project: Dekalb County Potholes.
Location: Dekalb County.
Congressional District: 14.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact:Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $417,500.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22.
The Dekalb County Potholes project is located in the in the Grand Prairie Natural Division of northeast Illinois. The purpose of this project is to acquire an 80+-acre parcel comprised of four small wetlands totaling six acres and surrounded by native grasses.  Lands purchased by Pheasants Forever will be donated to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or held by the Pheasants Forever – Forever Land Trust.  Mallards are year-round residents of the area and will benefit from the protected and restored nesting and brood rearing habitat. Northern pintail is a common migrant through the project area. Wood ducks will also use the area during breeding season.
Project: Otter Lake.
Location: Macoupin County.
Congressional District: 15.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact:Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $153,500.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22.
The Otter Lake watershed lies in central Illinois straddling the border of the Western Forest- Prairie and Grand Prairie Natural Divisions. The proposed acquisition will occur in an area where the state has invested considerable resources to improve habitat.  Through this project, partners will acquire a 40 to 160 acre area and complete any feasible wetland restorations, including restoring marginal croplands to a mix of grasslands and wetlands, if appropriate.
INDIANA
Project: Field B Habitat Project.
Location: Greene County.
Congressional District: 8.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc./Great Lakes/Atlantic Region.
Contact: Russel Terry, rterry@ducks.org.
Partners: National Wild Turkey Federation; Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $10,932.
Matching Funds: $10,932.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 24.
This project consists of two components: a 200-acre wetland restoration and a 698-acres wetland enhancement.  Partners will remove the agricultural infrastructure that allowed the 200-acre wetland, Field B, to drain, and replace it with a low-level berm and associated water-control structure.  The 698-acre enhancement will provide important migration and wintering habitat for waterfowl and migratory birds, and nesting cover for waterfowl such as mallards and blue-winged teal, and wetland-dependent birds such as king rails and American woodcock.
IOWA
Project: Chichaqua Bottoms Enhancement Project.
Location: Polk County.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact:Eric Lindstrom, elindstrom@ducks.org.
Partners: Polk County Conservation Board; The Great Outdoors Fund; Pheasants Forever, Mud Creek Chapter; Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources; Mid-Iowa Retrievers Club.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $56,750.
Matching Funds: $56,750.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 11.
Located in Iowa’s southeastern Prairie Pothole Region, Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt comprises nearly 7,500 acres of permanently protected wetland and upland habitat along the South Skunk River.  The goal of this project is to enhance 88 acres of palustrine emergent wetland and at least 100 acres of adjacent upland habitat.  Wetland enhancement activities will include installing a new and more efficient extension column and pumping system to an existing irrigation well to improve water delivery capabilities to the site.  A new water control structure will also be installed at the outlet of the wetlands complex to facilitate water level management and optimize foraging habitat conditions for waterfowl and other migratory birds.  At least 100 acres of adjacent uplands will also be enhanced by re-seeding unproductive stands of rank and monotypic perennial grasses with a more diverse mix of native tall grass prairie forbs and grasses.
KANSAS
Project: Steele Playas.
Location: Thomas County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
Contact: Brad Odle, brado@wp.state.ks.us.
Partners: ConocoPhillips.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $55,000.
Matching Funds: $81,700.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Playa Lakes.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 18.
This project will involve the direct conservation of four playa lakes comprising about 20.9 acres of playa basin and 139.1 acres of surrounding uplands currently under a Conservation Reserve Program contract.  Project goals are to permanently protect this playa basin and provide stopover habitat for many waterfowl, shorebird and waterbird species of concern, including mallard, northern pintail, American avocet, least sandpiper, long-billed dowitcher, Franklin’s gull and black tern.  The property will be managed to maximize playa habitat for waterfowl, shorebird, waterbird and marshbird habitat.
LOUISIANA
Project: Atchafalaya Wetlands Enhancement.
Location: Iberville Parish.
Congressional District: 5.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Alicia Wiseman, awiseman@ducks.org.
Partners: Wetlands America Trust.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $56,824.
Matching Funds: $167,630.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26.
This project includes the purchase and installation of a surface water pump to enhance 30 acres of wetland habitat on the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge/Sherburne Wildlife Management Area complex.  The area is dominated by bottomland hardwood forest, and active wetland management opportunities are limited.  The 30-acre grant tract consists of 14 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands and 16 acres of palustrine forested wetlands.  Upon completion, enhancement activities will increase the overall foraging diversity and capacity of the project site, as well as provide flooded wetlands for pair isolation, thermal refuge, and roosting for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent migratory birds.
MAINE
Project: Amherst Community Forest Project.
Location: Hancock County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Forest Society of Maine.
Contact: Peter McKinley, peter@fsmaine.org.
Partners: Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands; private individuals; USFWS Gulf of Maine Program; Town of Amherst; U.S. Forest Service Forest Legacy Program; Land for Maine’s Future Program; Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; The Nature Conservancy; Maine Natural Areas Programm.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $107,500.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14.
This project complements major conservation work underway in the Lower Penobscot Watershed.  Objectives are to permanently protect, through fee and easement acquisitions, a strategically important 5,200 acres comprising 160 acres of wetlands/ponds, nine miles of free-flowing stream and 1,784 acres of riparian buffer, protecting a key in-holding to the state’s 5,000-acre Community Forest.  This project will contribute to the larger, regional effort to protect 60,000+ acres of wetland and uplands as a buffer around Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and inspire additional conservation in this area, which is nationally-recognized as being highly threatened.
Project: Dennys River Corridor Conservation Project – Wheaton Property.
Location: Washington County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: State of Maine Department of Marine Resources – Bureau of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat.
Contact: Melissa Laser, Melissa.laser@maine.gov.
Partners: Land for Maine’s Future; The Nature Conservancy; Downeast Coastal Conservancy; State of Maine Department of Marine Resources – Bureau of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Gulf of Maine Coastal Program.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $20,000.
Matching Funds: $45,800.
Other Federal Contributions: $295,200.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14.
The Dennys River Corridor Conservation Project – Wheaton Property, located in the Town of Meddybemps in Downeast Washington County, Maine, is designed to permanently protect 50.8 acres, including 10.5 acres of freshwater wetlands and 40.3 acres of upland buffer, as well as 1,012 feet of frontage on the upper Dennys River.  The Wheaton property will be acquired in fee by the State of Maine Department of Marine Resources-Bureau of Sea Run Fisheries and Habitat.  Permanent protection of the Wheaton property will add to the 4,700 acres of conserved riparian and forest habitat along the Dennys River and tributaries, including 1,000 acres abutting the Wheaton property to the south.  It will also protect habitat for American black ducks, mallards, wood ducks and ring-necked ducks, as well as bald eagles.
Project: Grants Meadow III – Critical Upland & Stream Conservation in Southern Maine’s Beaver Dam Heath.
Location: York County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Great Works Regional Land Trust.
Contact: info@gwrlt.org.
Partners: Town of Berwick; private individuals.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $264,467.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
Great Works Regional Land Trust will permanently protect approximately 33 acres of wetland habitat along the upland perimeter of Beaver Dam Heath in southern Maine. This project is adjacent to two recent conservation acquisitions by GWRLT and will enhance the conservation values of these 117 conserved acres. The Grants Meadow III parcel is 85 percent wetlands and provides important habitat for species such as the American black duck, wood duck and American bittern. The Grants Meadow III project is the last phase of the first conservation efforts to date in ecologically rich and threatened Beaver Dam Heath. All lands will be owned by Great Works Regional Land Trust in perpetuity and managed to preserve and or enhance their habitat value for threatened and endangered species.
Project: Mason Bay Coastal Wetlands and Waterbird Conservation Project -- Phase II.
Location: Washington County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Pleasant River Wildlife Foundation.
Contact: Lois Winter, loiswinter@pleasant-river.org.
Partners: Private individual; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; The Nature Conservancy; Maine Coast Heritage Trust; Downeast Coastal Conservancy; Pleasant River Wildlife Foundation; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14.
This Mason Bay Coastal Wetlands and Waterbird Conservation Project: Phase II is designed to permanently protect a 63.2 acre parcel, including 16.6 acres of coastal wetlands and 46.6 acres of upland buffer.  Mason Bay provides habitat values for large numbers of migratory and wintering waterfowl, migratory shorebirds, breeding, migratory and wintering bald eagles, and many other coastal and wetland-dependent migratory birds and searun fish.  Partners will acquire fee interest and permanently protect the acre parcel, prevent the threat of conversion of pristine and exceptional quality habitat to commercial and/or residential development, steward the property for wildlife habitat and traditional low-impact public uses such as hiking, nature observation, and hunting, expand acreage of the protected conservation lands bordering Mason Bay, and catalyze the permanent protection of additional lands in order to protect the biological integrity of Mason Bay for its fish and wildlife values.
Project: Restoration and Enhancement of Waterbird Nesting Habitat on Maine Coast Islands.
Location: Washington, Knox, Cumberland and York counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: National Audubon Society.
Contact: Stephen W. Kress, Ph.D., skress@audubon.org.
Partners: Maine Coast Heritage Trust; Maine Coastal Islands NWR; USFWS Gulf of Maine Program; Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14.
Through this project, partners will acquire 15-acre Eastern Island, a nationally significant seabird nesting island, known for its diversity and large populations of nesting common eiders and double-crested cormorants.  Partners will also restore 11.1 acres of wetland associated uplands used for waterbirds nesting on five Maine islands to a more natural and functional condition for common, Arctic, roseate and least terns and enhance nesting habitat for common eiders, razorbills and black guillemots by placing nesting boxes and chick shelters.
Project: Watkins Crooked River Easement Acquisition.
Location: Cumberland County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Western Foothills Land Trust.
Contact:Lee Dassler, wflt@megalink.net.
Partners: Portland Water District; private individuals; Casco Bay Estuary Project; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Gulf of Maine Coastal Program; Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; Integrated Forest Management; New England Forestry Foundation; Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $135,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14.
Phase I of the Watkins easement acquisition will protect 30.2 acres of wading bird and waterfowl breeding habitat (scrub-shrub and forested wetlands), 6,108 feet of Russell Brook, and 2,293 feet of shoreline on the Crooked River.  During Phase II of the easement acquisition, partners hope to add an additional 4,500 feet of Crooked River shoreline, 3,798 feet of Russell Brook, and 565 acres of mixed coniferous and hardwood upland forest.
MASSACHUSETTS
Project: Beaver Brook/Broad Brook Watersheds Habitat Preservation, Northampton.
Location: Hampshire County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: City of Northampton.
Contact: Wayne Feiden, WFeiden@NorthamptonMA.gov.
Partners: Northampton Conservation Commission.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $155,000.
Other Federal Contributions: none.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
The Fitzgerald Lake/Broad Brook Watershed Conservation Area contains a variety of habitats and, together with contiguous undeveloped land, supports a wide diversity of bird species.  By purchasing and protecting lands that increase the core area, especially the wetland areas, and linking it to the Beaver Brook Watershed, partners will provide the necessary habitat to achieve sustainable populations of these species and preserve a complex ecosystem on the fringe of an urban center.  The conservation area parcel targeted for acquisition will be purchased in fee by the City of Northampton and protected in perpetuity by the Northampton Conservation Commission.  More than half of the 96 acres to be acquired is classified as wetlands.  The parcels will be managed and monitored by the Northampton Conservation Commission and local partners, including the Broad Brook Coalition and the Leeds Civic Association.
Project: Emergent Wetland Restoration at Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area.
Location: Plymouth County.
Congressional District: 4, 9.
Grantee: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.
Contact: Jason Zimmer, Jason.zimmer@state.ma.us.
Partners: Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife; Wetlands Trust of Southeastern Massachusetts; Sweet Water Trust; Ducks Unlimited; Hanson Rod & Gun Club; Plymouth County League of Sportsmen; Marshfield Rod & Gun Club; Upland Sportsman's Club; Cedar Gun Club; SS Solutions; The Nature Conservancy; M.V. Rod and Gun; Massachusetts Audubon; New England Consulting .
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $408,600.
Other Federal Contributions: none.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
The goal of this project is to restore approximately 245 acres of former cranberry bogs to a mosaic of wetland habitats including open water, deep and shallow emergent marsh and seasonally exposed mudflats, expanding available habitat for use by waterfowl, wading birds and other wildlife and plant species.  Partners will modify, repair and replace the structures and apparatus previously applied to cranberry farming to manage 245 wetland acres to benefit breeding, feeding and migrating waterfowl, wading birds, neotropical migrants and other wildlife.
MICHIGAN
Project: Headwater Wetlands of the Paw Paw River.
Location: Van Buren County.
Congressional District: 6.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: John Legge, jlegge@tnc.org.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy.
Approved: June 2010 .
Grant: $72,458.
Matching Funds: $100,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26.
The Paw Paw River watershed is critical to the protection of biodiversity in the Great Lakes Basin, particularly because of the diversity and quality of its wetlands and freshwater natural communities.  The purpose of this project is to solidify protection of critical wetlands in the headwaters area of the East Branch of the Paw Paw by protecting 60 acres on two tracts.  The protected lands will be added to acres already protected within the watershed.
MINNESOTA
Project: Big Kandi WPA Land Acquisitions Project.
Location: Kandiyohi County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasants.org.
Partners: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $150,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11.
This project will acquire 60 acres and protect/restore 27 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands, protecting key grassland-wetland complexes and providing nesting waterfowl and other grassland nesting birds with high quality nesting cover adjacent to wetlands.  Pheasants Forever will acquire the acreage and donate the property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to become a Waterfowl Production Area.
Project: Kirby Addition to Chub Lake WMA Complex.
Location: Dakota County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasants.org.
Partners: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Grant: $703,000.
Matching Funds: None.
Other Federal Contributions: $3,000.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23.
The project area provides important migration and breeding waterfowl habitats and provides critical staging and migratory habitats for lesser scaup, canvasbacks, ring-necked ducks and other migratory waterfowl.  Grant funds will support the acquisition of 156 acres, including 70 acres of palustrine aquatic bed and 20 acres of palustrine system emergent wetlands. Along with providing enduring waterfowl, water quality, and wildlife benefits, the property contains adjacent uplands that provide opportunities for future grassland nesting cover restoration.  The acquired property will be donated to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and entered into the State Wildlife Management Area System.
Project: Minnesota Prairie Pothole Restoration Partnership.
Location: Polk, Norman and Becker counties.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District.
Contact: Cathy Henry, cathy_henry@fws.gov.
Partners: Friends of the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11.
The Minnesota Prairie Pothole Restoration Partnership project area encompasses five counties in the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District, along the eastern edge of the Prairie Pothole Region.  The objective of this project is to restore and enhance prairie wetland complexes on waterfowl production areas in northwestern Minnesota.  The project will restore and enhance nesting, foraging and migration habitat for waterfowl, marsh-nesting birds, grassland songbirds, as well as plants and invertebrate species.
Project: Prairie Storm WPA Addition.
Location: Stearns County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasants.org.
Partners: Pheasants Forever, Inc; Tri-county MWA.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $153,500.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11.
The purpose of this project is to protect key wetland- grassland complexes and provide nesting waterfowl and other grassland nesting birds with high quality nesting cover adjacent to wetlands.  The project will build on past investments in grassland and wetland habitat conservation. This project is also paramount in the future restoration of a large wetland basin that is currently drained by a ditch.  The grant will allow partners to acquire 78 acres, including four acres of palustrine emergent wetlands and 26 acres of restorable wetlands. Along with providing enduring waterfowl, water quality and wildlife benefits, the property contains adjacent uplands that provide opportunities for future grassland nesting cover restoration.  Pheasants Forever will acquire the 78 acres and donate the property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for enrollment into the Waterfowl Production Area System.
Project: Southern Minnesota Marshes.
Location: Waseca and Blue Earth counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Jon Schneider, jschneider@ducks.org.
Partners: Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota’s Resources; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $168,054.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11.
The purpose of this project is to enhance two large prairie wetland basins totaling 1,085 wetland acres through the engineering and installation of water control structures, pumps, and fish barriers to provide managers with the physical ability to conduct temporary water level draw-downs and rejuvenate the aquatic ecology of each basin. This improved wetland habitat condition will benefit wetland dependent migratory birds during both spring and fall migration, and during the breeding season by providing improved brood rearing habitat.
MONTANA
Project: Pilster Reservoir/Wetlands Restoration and Enhancement.
Location: Carter County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Contact: Scott Hemmer, mtwildlife@rangeweb.net.
Partners: Pilster Ranch Corporation; Ducks Unlimited, Inc; Northern Great Plains Joint Venture.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $129,400.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Northern Great Plains.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: .
This grant will help fund needed restoration and enhancement activities to maintain this important wetland.  Car bodies will be removed from the eroding portions of the dam and recycled. The embankment will be rebuilt using materials from the existing embankment and reinforced/protected using rock riprap on the face of the dam. A water control structure will be added to allow for better management of water levels and wetland vegetation. Currently, no primary water control structure is present, which prevents artificial manipulation of water levels. Repairs will maintain the maximum water depth at its current level. The Pilster Ranch Corporation will sign a 30-year agreement with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, ensuring the long-term protection of this area and further secure the investment of conservation dollars on the site.
Project: The Teller Wetland-Riparian Restoration Project.
Location: Ravalli County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Teller Wildlife Refuge.
Contact: Daniel L. Walker, dwalker@tellerwildlife.org.
Partners: Teller Wildlife Refuge; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; private individuals; Corvallis Volunteer Fire Department; Teller Wildlife Refuge Volunteers; Advanced Earthworks; Bitterroot Conservation District; Ravalli County; Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $96,662.
Other Federal Contributions: none.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 10.
The Teller Wetland-Riparian Restoration Project brings together a partnership with a shared vision of restoring critical wetland and riparian habitats. The project area is located within the 1,200-acre Teller Wildlife Refuge in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana.  Grant funds will be used to restore wetland sites through ditch plugging and excavation. This will result in a mosaic of emergent marsh and open water wetlands. All of the soil removed from the excavation sites will be placed on poor soil sites and reclaimed to perennial grass cover. This project will also enhance riparian habitat along a quarter mile of a spring fed creek that runs though the property.
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Project: Schoodac Brook-Trumbull Pond Land Protection Project.
Location: Merrimack County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Mark Zankel, mzankel@tnc.org.
Partners: Ausbon Sargeant Land Preservation Trust; private trust; The Nature Conservancy; Town of Webster.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $862,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14.
The acquisition of a 343-acre conservation easement on the Trumbull Pond property will permanently protect nearly a mile of frontage on Schoodac Brook, 800 feet on a tributary brook, and nearly two-thirds of the shoreline of Trumbull Pond, along with 57.8 acres of palustrine forested, emergent, scrub-shrub, and unconsolidated wetlands. These diverse wetlands provide important wildlife habitat for reptiles, migratory and breeding waterfowl, and wetland bird species of conservation concern in New Hampshire.
NEW YORK
Project: Padanarum Preserve.
Location: Warren County.
Congressional District: 20.
Grantee: Lake George Land Conservancy.
Contact: Nancy Williams, nwilliams@lglc.org.
Partners: New York State Department of Parks; private individual.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $442,825.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14.
The purpose of this project is to protect the largest wetland in the center of Lake George, which is part of an in-holding within state forest preserve lands. The marshes, swamps and wetlands provide food for numerous waterfowl and song birds as well as mammals that rely on the area for foraging.
NORTH DAKOTA
Project: Big Oxbow Island Wetland Acquisition – Phase I.
Location: McKenzie County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: American Foundation for Wildlife.
Contact: Linda Roeder, nrtlinda@btinet.net.
Partners: North Dakota Natural Resources Trust; American Foundation for Wildlife; private individuals; MDU Resources Foundation; ND Conservation Fund; Basin Electric Power Co-op; Northern Great Plains JV; Starion Financial; ND Wild Turkey Federation; Tesoro Companies; Roughrider Electric Co-op; Great River Energy; ND Chapter The Wildlife Society; Pheasants Forever; ND Game and Fish Department; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; The Nature Conservancy..
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $178,667.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Northern Great Plains.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11, 17.
The Big Oxbow Island Wetland Acquisition, Phase I, is designed to acquire in fee title and permanently protect habitat that contains one of the largest remaining blocks of mature cottonwood gallery forest in the Missouri River valley of North Dakota.  Big Oxbow Island maximizes the connection between wetland, riverine, floodplain, and riparian habitats that are essential for numerous breeding birds and other wetland-associated wildlife.  Partners will acquire fee interest and permanently protect 703 acres, including 109 acres of wetlands, 594 acres of associated upland buffer, of which 42 acres are periodically flooded sandbar habitat; prevent conversion of habitat to cropland; manage habitat for migratory birds and other fish and wildlife; contribute to recovery of three federally listed species; and provide public access for hunting, fishing, and other compatible recreational opportunities.
OREGON
Project: South Yamhill River-Turner Bottoms Wetland Restoration and Enhancement Project.
Location: Yamhill and Marion counties.
Congressional District: 1, 5.
Grantee: Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District.
Contact: Tim Stieber, tim.stieber@or.nacdnet.net.
Partners: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; private individuals; Marion Soil and Water Conservation District; Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District; Natural Resources Conservation Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office; Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $169,995.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5.
Numerous species of wetland dependent fish, wildlife, and plants were historically supported in great abundance on the diverse native wetland plant communities within Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The purpose of the South Yamhill River–Turner Bottoms Wetland Restoration and Enhancement Project is to be a part of a larger effort to reverse habitat loss in the valley by restoring 191 acres of high quality native permanent and seasonal wetland, wetland prairie grassland, and riparian habitats. In addition, the project partners intend to enhance a further 34 acres of severely degraded remnant wetland habitats located on the project sites.
RHODE ISLAND
Project: Crandall Swamp.
Location: Washington County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: The Westerly Land Trust.
Contact: Harvey Perry, hcperry@washtrust.com.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy; Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management; F & F Lattner Foundation; Bafflin Foundation.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $125,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
This project will permanently protect by fee acquisition approximately 306 acres, of which approximately 220 acres are wetlands, at the core of the largest freshwater wetlands complex in Rhode Island. The excellent water quality and its isolation from heavily developed areas have made the Crandall Swamp an important habitat for resident and migratory birds and other wildlife. The funding from this grant will be used to complete the fee acquisition of the property, which will be owned and managed in perpetuity by the Westerly Land Trust.  A conservation easement on the property will be assigned to the State of Rhode Island, and it will be managed to benefit wetland-dependent wildlife.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project: Old Dominion Plantation Wetlands Restoration Project.
Location: Charleston County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Old Dominion Plantation.
Contact: Cecil Lachicotte, cecil@mossyoakproperties.com.
Partners: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; private individual.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $69,500.
Matching Funds: $85,688.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27.
Located at the heart of the ACE Basin, the 330-acre Old Dominion Plantation is surrounded by protected private and public wetlands and forested areas.  The partners’ goal is to improve the ability to manage the property’s wetland habitat and restore it to benefit waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent wildlife, primarily through improving the site’s water management capabilities.
TENNESSEE
Project: Freeman Tract Acquisition - Shelton Ferry Wetlands, Tennessee.
Location: Montgomery County.
Congressional District: 8.
Grantee: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Contact: Tim Churchill, tim.churchill@state.tn.us.
Partners: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $178,292.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Hardwoods.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 24.
The Shelton Ferry wetlands have the potential to provide important wintering habitat for waterfowl and other wetland species in a region where such habitat is limited. The project area includes approximately 970 acres. Within this area, about 850 acres are considered wetlands (primarily palustrine emergent) and 120 acres are wetland-associated upland habitat. Some of the area contains remnants of bottomland hardwood species such as willow oak, a unique habitat type in middle and eastern Tennessee. All lands within the Shelton Ferry project area will be evaluated for restoration activities once survey work and contour mapping is completed. Future phases of work in the project area will address acquisition of connecting lands and restoration of several hundred acres. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will own and manage all project lands to be acquired with grants and matching funds, protecting and providing valuable public access to existing and newly restored wetlands.
VIRGINIA
Project: Chincoteague Flats Wetland Restoration.
Location: Accomack County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc..
Contact: Kurt Dyroff, kdyroff@ducks.org.
Partners: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department; Chincoteague Elderhostel; Refuge Volunteers; refuge interns.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $105,672.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge encompasses approximately 14,000 acres on the eastern shore of the Delmarva Peninsula in Accomack County, Virginia and Worcester County, Maryland.  It provides critical migratory and over wintering habitat for thousands of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other water birds.  The purpose of this project is to restore/enhance the wildlife habitat value of two large fresh/brackish water impoundments totaling 1,161 acres, benefitting migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and other waterbirds.  The 368-acre Old Fields Impoundment will be enhanced by replacing two water control structures, allowing refuge personnel to manage water levels to optimize seasonal habitat values. In addition, invasive species within the impoundment will be controlled.  The 793-acre North Wash Flats impoundment will be enhanced by replacing one water control structure and eradicating invasive species. To protect nesting birds/chicks from trampling by livestock, deteriorated fencing and new gates will be replaced to exclude Chincoteague ponies from accessing North Wash Flats Impoundment during critical times of the year.
WASHINGTON
Project: Deer Lagoon Wetlands.
Location: Island County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Whatcom Land Trust.
Contact: Chris Hilton, chris@wclt.org.
Partners: Whidbey Camano Land Trust.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5.
The goal of this project is to acquire a permanent conservation easement on 31 acres of tidal lagoon and diked wetlands at Deer Lagoon, on the southwest end of Whidbey Island.  Deer Lagoon is home to more than 170 bird species, including 31 species of waterfowl, 21 shorebird species and 62 species of songbirds.  The property to be acquired is a mosaic of palustrine emergent wetlands, historic field, trees and shrubs, and shallow open water, and contains estuarine open water, tidal mudflats and areas of emergent vegetation.  Preserving a connection between the Deer Lagoon wetlands and open agricultural fields adjacent is a key component to protecting the entire ecosystem.
Project: Samish River Riparian and Wetland Protection, Phase II.
Location: Whatcom County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Whatcom Land Trust.
Contact: Eric Carabba, eric@whatcomlandtrust.org.
Partners: Alpine Meadows Tree Farm LLC; Whatcom County.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $166,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5.
This project builds on prior successes in the Samish by providing perpetual protection to significant freshwater wetland complexes in the basin that contribute to the protection of water quality and habitat conditions in Samish Bay.  Through this Phase II project, Whatcom Land Trust will expand its existing Samish River Preserve by acquiring full fee title to 65 acres along the river in Whatcom County. The acquisition of this property will protect fresh water wetland and riparian habitats along the Samish River that will support migratory and resident birds, waterfowl, fish, and wildlife.
WISCONSIN
Project: Leopold/Pine Island Important Bird Area: Frank and Colleen Terbilcox 80‐Acre Wetland Acquisition in South Central Wisconsin.
Location: Sauk County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Aldo Leopold Foundation.
Contact: Buddy Huffaker, buddy@aldoleopold.org.
Partners: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $225,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23.
The primary goal for this project is for Aldo Leopold Foundation to purchase 80 acres of wetland of the Frank and Colleen Terbilcox Property.  This property is located within the 14,000 acre Leopold/Pine Island Important Bird Area, a voluntary partnership of private landowners, non‐government, state and federal properties. A 2005 breeding bird survey found 116 breeding species, including common moorhen, American woodcock, black tern, black‐billed cuckoo, willow flycatcher, sedge wren, marsh wren, cerulean warbler, prothonotary warbler, and Henslow’s sparrow; migrants surveyed included American bittern, northern harrier, greater yellowlegs, Acadian flycatcher, and golden‐winged warbler.  The property also stopover habitat for thousands of migrating waterfowl.
Project: Lower Chippewa River Land Acquisition.
Location: Pepin and Eau Claire counties.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Kris Johansen, kris.johansen@wi.gov.
Partners: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Dunn County Fish and Game Association.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $239,500.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23.
The Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area is a landscape-scale restoration and acquisition project encompassing 312,000 acres adjacent to the lower 60 miles of the Chippewa River to its confluence with the Mississippi River.  More than 75 percent of the state’s breeding bird species nest within the area and half of all the state’s native plant species are found within the area.  The purpose of this project is to protect in perpetuity 182 acres of land critical to waterfowl and other wetland dependent species for migration and brood rearing within the area by purchasing two sites through fee title acquisition. These lands would be acquired by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and would become part of established State Wildlife Management and State Natural Areas Projects to be managed for resident and migrant wetland dependent species.
Project: Scuppernong River Habitat Area Phase III.
Location: Waukesha County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Kettle Moraine Natural History Association.
Contact: Dr. Donald Reed , dreed@sewrpc.org.
Partners: Kettle Moraine Natural History Association; Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit.
Approved: June 2010.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23.
The Scuppernong River Habitat Area is a 3,500-acre area of state-owned land within the Southern Unit - Kettle Moraine State Forest. The project area contains many wetland remnants including southern sedge meadow, wet prairie, wet-mesic prairie and calcareous fen. The goal of this project is to restore 100 acres of dense brush and woods within the Scuppernong River Habitat Area to an open grassland habitat containing sedge meadow, wet prairie and wet-mesic prairie. By removing the dense woody vegetation, a historic natural seed bank is exposed to sunlight and nutrients, resulting in the return of native prairie plants, which will allow native flora to regain dominance within the project site in three to five years. This increase in native biodiversity will influence native wildlife to re-occupy the site.
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