On June 6, 2012, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved 2013 funding for the U.S. Small Grants Program. The following 46 projects were selected totaling $3 million and affecting more than 52,000 acres. Partners contributed an additional $7.6 million in nonfederal matching funds. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2013 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.

CALIFORNIA
Project: Horizon Habitat Enhancement.
Location: Elk Grove, Sacramento County.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Robert Eddings, Robert_eddings@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: Private funders.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32.
This project will develop a new and improved water source for privately owned wetlands adjacent to Cosumnes River, the last undammed river flowing from the Sierra Nevada mountains into the Central Valley. The grantee will install a new well to supply 70 acres of wetlands and wildlife friendly agricultural fields. They will also plant a mix of native grasses to improve nesting cover. The enhanced wetlands will provide nesting habitat for Swainson’s Hawk and a variety of waterfowl and other migratory birds.
Project: Maher Farms Restoration.
Location: McArthur, Shasta County.
Congressional District: 4.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Robert Eddings, Robert_eddings@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: Maher Farms.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $$40,188.
Matching Funds: $$40,188.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 9.
This project will restore 56 acres on a privately owned wild rice farm enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program, where agricultural land will be converted to a system of managed seasonal wetlands. The restoration will create a wildlife corridor around wetland areas and return these areas to their natural forms. The grantee will also plant native grasses and restore natural water flows.
Project: Save the Bay Tidal Marsh Transition Zone Restoration Project: Eden Landing.
Location: Eden Landing Ecological Reserve, Alameda County.
Congressional District: 15.
Grantee: Save the Bay.
Contact: Donna Ball, dball@savesfbay.org.
Partners: Coastal Conservancy; Ghirardelli Square; Save The Bay Volunteers.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Other Federal Contributions: $200,000.
Joint Venture Region: San Francisco Bay.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32.
San Francisco Bay, one of the most important coastal wintering and migratory habitats for Pacific Flyway waterfowl populations, has lost nearly 90 percent of its historic tidal wetlands after 150 years of development. This project will restore 25 acres of wetlands adjacent to active salt pond restoration areas in the transition zone of the bay, by removing and controlling invasive plants. The grantee will enhance those acres by establishing native vegetation, increasing foraging and nesting habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife, and providing high tide refuge for sensitive bird species.
COLORADO, KANSAS
Project: Republican River Restoration.
Location: Three forks of the Republican River in Kit Carson and Yuma Counties, Colorado and Cheyenne County, Kansas.
Congressional District: 4-Colorado, 1-Kansas.
Grantee: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
Contact: Laura Quattrini laura.quattrini@rmbo.org.
Partners:Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Partnership Program; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Yuma County Pest Control District; Three Rivers Alliance, Inc.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $50,500.
Other Federal Contributions: $6,250.
Joint Venture Region: Playa Lakes.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 18.
This project will restore three forks of the Republican River, in a basin that supports 129 bird species and 29 percent of Colorado’s vertebrate species. This area historically provided roosting habitat for up to 75,000 wintering waterfowl annually, but drainage of a local reservoir and changing water flows have changed the native species communities. The grantee will work with partners to create habitat for waterfowl roosting by restoring 321 acres of river banks, corridors and channels. They will redevelop native grass and shrubs and remove invasive species, maintaining access to open water.
CONNECTICUT
Project: Natchaug Marsh Restoration Part 2.
Location: Black Spruce, Hale, and Pumpkin Hill Marshes, Windham County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.
Contact:Min T. Juang, min.huang@ct.gov.
Partners: Private landowner.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $66,000.
Matching Funds: $90,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
This project will restore 66 acres of poor quality marshes where there is high potential for waterfowl breeding habitat if the wetlands are properly managed. The grantee has documented significant declines in waterfowl use and degradation of vegetation in the marshes over 20 years. They will rebuild two marshes to create more nesting habitat and address beaver activity.
FLORIDA
Project: Coastal Palmetto Bay Habitat Restoration Project.
Location: Palmetto Bay, Miami-Dade County.
Congressional District: 27.
Grantee: National Park Service, The Institute for Regional Conservation.
Contact: Tony Pernas, tony_pernas@nps.gov.
Partners: Palmetto Bay Village Center; Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden; Tropical Audubon Society.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $58,000.
Other Federal Contributions: $30,000.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 31.
This project will restore habitat for more than 101 species of migratory birds, including the Everglades Snail Kite, Bachman’s Warbler, Kirtland’s Warbler, Wood Stork, Piping Plover, and Red Knot, as well as other priority species such as the American crocodile, gopher tortoise, Florida leafwing butterfly, and five federally listed plant species. Federal, state, county, municipal, private and non-profit partners will work together to restore 371 acres of freshwater and saltwater marshes along Biscayne Bay by removing invasive species, restoring natural fire regimes and water flow, and installing nest boxes..
IDAHO
Project: Bare Marsh Wetland Restoration - Coeur d'Alene River WMA.
Location: Harrison, Kootenai County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Contact:Miles Benker, miles.benker@idfg.idaho.gov.
Partners: None.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $30,000.
Matching Funds: $30,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 10.
This project will enhance 430 acres of marsh and surrounding forest to improve wetland vegetation and provide better quality waterfowl nesting and foraging habitat. By managing water levels and removing invasive species, the grantee will create more open wetland habitat, benefiting migratory bird species such as dabbling ducks, Canada Goose, and Tundra Swan.
INDIANA
Project: Northeastern Indiana Wetland/Grassland Restoration Program, Phase III.
Location: 11 counties across Indiana.
Congressional District: 2,3, and 6.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc..
Contact: Michael Sertle, msertle@ducks.org.
Partners: Indiana Department of Natural Resources; ACRES Land Trust; Pheasants Forever.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $$199,382.
Other Federal Contributions: $40,000.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23.
TIn northeastern Indiana, many historical wetlands have been drained or modified, and land use changes pose a continuing threat to existing wetlands and native grassland habitats. This project will protect 43 acres of wetlands and associated uplands, and restore an additional 281 acres by repairing natural water flows and planting native grasses. The resulting habitat will benefit waterfowl including Mallard, Blue-winged Teal and Wood Duck, as well as other species that depend on wetlands for survival.
IOWA
Project: Robinson Rock Chute Wetland Habitat Improvement.
Location: Sand's Timber Recreation Area, Taylor County.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: Taylor County Conservation Board.
Contact: James Winemiller, taylorccb@frontiernet.net.
Partners: Taylor County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $60,000.
Matching Funds: $155,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22.
This project will protect 15 acres and establish a wetland on those acres within the watershed of a 60 acre lake. The grantee will construct a rock chute wetland that will improve water quality as well as provide habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland-dependent species.
Project: Twelve Mile Lake Wetland Project.
Location: Creston, Union County.
Congressional District: 4.
Grantee: Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Todd Bishop, todd.bishop@dnr.iowa.gov.
Partners: City of Creston, Iowa.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $633,200.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22.
This project will protect 102 acres and enhance 48 of those acres to improve water quality and wildlife habitat at Twelve Mile Lake. The lake and surrounding uplands support drinking water supply and outdoor recreation for local communities, as well as wetland and grassland habitats birds and other species. The grantee will establish additional wetlands on protected lands to improve habitat for migratory birds.
KENTUCKY
Project: Big Rivers Corridor Project.
Location: Tradewater/Ohio River, Union County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Jeff Sole, jsole@tnc.org.
Partners: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources; Kentucky Division of Forestry; Crounse Corporation.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $222,951.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Hardwoods.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 24.
This project will enhance and restore 385 acres of wetlands along the Ohio River. In the oak flatwoods wetlands, the project will conserve a globally imperiled plant community by thinning over-story trees and restoring natural fire regimes. In other project areas, conversion from cropland to a mixture of native species and restoration of water flow will improve water quality. The restored wetlands will provide higher quality foraging and nesting habitat for migratory bird species.
LOUISIANA
Project: Mollicy Farms Wetland Restoration.
Location: Bastrop, Morehouse Parish.
Congressional District: 5.
Grantee: DThe Nature Conservanc.
Contact: Dan Weber, dweber@tnc.org.
Partners: Shapiro Foundation, Coca-Cola.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $163,500.
Other Federal Contributions: $120,000.
Joint Venture Region: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26.
This project will complete the second critical phase of restoration on a 4,030 acre wetland, affecting a mosaic of cypress, bayous, and sloughs that together serve as an important area to drain the historic Ouachita River floodplain. The project will restore water flows that were drained for agriculture to more natural historical patterns, enhancing groundwater, water quality, and wildlife habitat. The project site is a National Wildlife Refuge and the response of migratory birds to the restoration will be monitored by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff.
MAINE
Project: Belgrade Wetlands Restoration.
Location: Belgrade, Kennebec County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Inc..
Contact: Toni B. Pied, brcamf@belgradelakes.org.
Partners: Belgrade Lakes Association; Friends of Messalouskee; Maine Lakes Resource Center.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14.
The Belgrade Lakes watershed covers 180 square miles in Central Maine and is home to several priority migratory waterfowl species, including nesting habitat for the state endangered Black Tern and Least Bittern, and for Sandhill Crane, Wood Duck, and American Black Duck. The grantee will construct a permanent harvester to remove invasive plants and install barriers to prevent the spread of invasives, restoring 2,716 acres in the Messalonskee Marsh and Great Meadow Stream.
Project: Hurds Pond Focus Area Phase I: Hauk-Fry Property.
Location: Swanville, Waldo County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Contact: Scott Dickerson, scottd@coastalmountains.org.
Partners: Coastal Mountains Land Trust; Main Coast Heritage Trust; private landowners.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $19,540.
Matching Funds: $132,600.
Other Federal Contributions: $21,442.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14.
This project will permanently protect 163 acres of habitat, including 23 acres of decreasing wetland types and 64 acres of forest buffer areas along a state-protected wetland. This area is of high value for rare and declining species of birds and fish, in an unusually large block of undeveloped habitat. The grantee will also steward the land for low-impact uses such as canoeing, fishing, and wildlife watching, and encourage landowners to conserve additional lands to protect the watershed.
Project: Perley Mills.
Location: Town of Denmark, Oxford County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Loon Echo Land Trust, Inc.
Contact: Carrie Walia, info@lelt.org.
Partners: None.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $150,000.
Other Federal Contributions: $475,000.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14.
This project will permanently protect 870 acres of undeveloped forest with abundant water and wetland habitats, including extensive streams that support migratory wading birds and waterfowl. The land will be managed as a community forest, benefiting the public as well as species of birds and federally listed species including Canada lynx and small whorled pogonia. A forest management plan will be developed, incorporating the use of wetland buffers to enhance the habitat for wildlife.
MARYLAND
Project: Wetland Enhancement and Restoration at Deal Island WMA.
Location: Deal Island, Somerset County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Contact:William Harvey, bharvey@dnr.state.md.us.
Partners: Maryland Waterfowl Association; Ducks Unlimited; Agri Drain, Inc.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $66,400.
Matching Funds: $118,600.
Other Federal Contributions: $33,500.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
This project will enhance 2,916 acres of tidal wetlands where outdated structures are impeding water flow. Coupled with rising water levels, this has led to increases in salinity, loss of wetlands, and decreases in aquatic vegetation. The grantee will manage water levels, remove invasive plants, and plant native grasses to promote the growth and establishment of native plant communities that will support more migratory birds and other wetland-dependent species.
MASSACHUSETTS
Project: Broad Brook Habitat Preservation.
Location: Northampton, Hampshire County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: City of Northampton.
Contact:Wayne Feiden, wfeiden@northamptonma.gov.
Partners: Northampton Conservation Commission; Northampton Office of Planning and Development.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $473,128.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
This project will permanently protect 80 acres of the Broad Brook watershed from development, and preserve it as habitat for wildlife, including nesting and migratory birds. The area includes river frontage, black ash swamp forest, marsh, perennial streams and wet meadows, and associated upland forest. The City of Northampton has prioritized protection of this site as habitat for rare species such as wood and Eastern box turtles and the endangered Bush’s Sedge plant. Migratory bird species that will benefit include: Wood Duck, Mallard, Tree Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Song Sparrow, Canada Goose, Swamp Sparrow, Great Blue Heron, and American Bittern.
Project: Rocky Gutter.
Location: Middleborough, Plymouth Countyy.
Congressional District: 4.
Grantee: Buzzards Bay Coalition.
Contact: Allen Decker, decker@savebuzzardsbay.org.
Partners: Massachusetts Department of Fish & Game; Wankinquoah Rod & Gun; Town of Middleborough.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $225,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
This project brings together diverse partners from a conservation organization, to a sportsmen’s club, to local and state agencies, in order to protect 350 acres of wetlands around Buzzards Bay. Recent oil spills have reduced habitat quality in the area, and wetlands continue to be threatened by nutrient pollution and land use changes. The bay and its watershed are an important part of the Atlantic Flyway migration corridor, and house several critical nesting sites for terns and wintering sites for waterfowl. High priority species will benefit from the protection of the freshwater rivers and streams flowing to the bay, including American Black Duck, Mallard, Wood Duck, Teal, Merganser, and Canada Goose.
MICHIGAN
Project: River Raisin - Trachet Easement.
Location: Napoleon Township, Jackson County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Russ Terry, rterry@ducks.org
Partners: Legacy Land Conservancy; private landowner.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $52,500.
Matching Funds: $53,332.
Other Federal Contributions: none.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22.
This project will permanently protect 84 acres of high quality forested, shrub, and open water wetlands, and surrounding hardwood forest. Protection of this area will link larger blocks of protected habitat, creating a refuge for wildlife from intensified agricultural development. Species to benefit include: Mallard, Wood Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, American Woodcock, Wood Thrush, various warblers, and several threatened or endangered species such as Indiana bat and Eastern box turtle.
MINNESOTA
Project: Detroit Lakes WMD Wetland Restoration - 2012.
Location: Detroit Lakes, Becker County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: USFWS Detroit Lakes Wetland Management Districtc.
Contact: Greg Hoch, greg.hoch@state.mn.us.
Partners: Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $237,960.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11.
This project will restore and enhance 24,748 acres to increase wetlands and nesting cover on federally protected sites for migratory waterfowl, including Ring-necked Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Canvasback, and Gadwall. The project area is at the junction of the Mississippi and Central Flyways and provides crucial nesting and stopover habitat. The addition of wetlands on these sites will help local communities that have been hit hard by floodwaters from the Red River, slowing and reducing future flooding along the Red River and its tributaries.
Project: Glacial Ridge NWR Wetland Enhancements - 2012.
Location: Mentor, Polk County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: USFWS - Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge.
Contact: Greg Hoch, greg.hoch@state.mn.us.
Partners: Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Grant: $267,650.
Matching Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11.
Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge encompasses one of the largest blocks of connected habitat in the eastern Prairie Pothole Region. This project will be part of an ongoing effort to enhance restored wetlands in the area, which supports a major shorebird and waterfowl stopover and nesting habitat for local breeding waterfowl, marsh birds, and grassland songbirds. The area also holds the largest concentration of Greater Prairie Chicken in the region. After more than a decade with a very wet climate, many of the wetlands are infested with invasive cattails. Partners will take advantage of a drying trend to remove invasive cattails and restore natural fire regimes to improve production in the wetlands.
Project: Kandiyohi County Wetlands.
Location: Kandiyohi County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Jon Schneider, jschneider@ducks.org.
Partners: Shakopee Creek Headwaters; Kandiyohi County; Strehlow Foundation.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $166,722.
Other Federal Contributions: $13,805.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11.
In Minnesota’s Prairie Pothole Region, more than 90 percent of the state’s prairie wetlands have been lost due to land use changes. Wetlands remaining on the landscape are degraded and dominated by algae. To prevent this and allow native species to flourish, the grantee will simulate natural drought patterns on 66 acres, to restore and enhance these wetlands and improve water quality. This will benefit wetland-dependent migratory birds during spring and fall migration and improve breeding habitat.
Project: Morris Wetland Management District Wetland Restorations.
Location: Appleton, Big Stone County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: PUSFWS - Morris Wetland Management District.
Contact: Greg Hoch, greg.hoch@state.mn.us.
Partners: Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $40,000.
Matching Funds: $127,298.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11.
This project will restore and enhance 1,253 acres of wetlands at the junction of the Mississippi and Central Flyways where waterfowl and shorebirds stop during migration. As much as 99 percent of the wetlands in this area have been destroyed, and flooding has increased due to the loss of wetlands. Restoration will provide wildlife habitat and water storage during flood peaks.
MONTANA
Project: North Shore Land Acquisition - Worm.
Location: North Shore Flathead Lake, Flathead County.
Congressional District: At-large.
Grantee: Flathead Land Trust.
Contact: Marilyn Wood, mwood@bigsky.net.
Partners: Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $355,000.
Other Federal Contributions: $810,403.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 10.
This project is part of a collaborative effort to conserve and restore critical lands along the Flathead River and Flathead Lake, and Important Bird Area that supports at least 229 bird species and is important stopover habitat for tens of thousands of migratory birds. The project will protect 190 acres including lands that frequently flood in spring and provide an excellent food source for migratory geese, ducks, and swans, building on habitat protected through previous grants. Protection of the land will also decrease threats of ongoing development to the water quality in the lake
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Project: Rockrimmon Road Conservation Area.
Location: Kingston, Rockingham County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire.
Contact: Brian Hart, bhart@seltnh.org.
Partners: Magnusson Farm, LLC.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $55,000.
Matching Funds: $55,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
This project will expand an existing block of conservation land adjacent to Rockrimmon State Forest by 82 acres, linking it with other conservation areas and helping to permanently protect the area’s wetland resources. The site includes more than 30 acres of diverse wetland headwaters, streams, vernal pools, marsh, and shrubland. The project will secure habitat for wetland and other migratory birds, as well as state-listed endangered turtles and at-risk Appalachian oak-pine forest habitat.
NEW HAMPSHIRE, VERMONT
Project: Maidstone Bends Floodplains.
Location: Maistone, Essex County, Vermont; Northumberland, Coos County, New Hampshire.
Congressional District: Vermont-1, New Hampshire-2.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Joan Allen, jallen@tnc.org.
Partners: New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, UCRM&E Fund; Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $195,055.
Other Federal Contributions: $99,414.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14.
In the floodplain forests and wetlands of the Connecticut River watershed, this project will permanently protect 583 acres including wetlands, floodplain and 4.5 miles of river frontage. Protection of these areas will help to restore a functioning floodplain and river habitat in an important migratory corridor for ducks that overwinter in the Atlantic, including American Black Duck, Wood Duck, Mallard, and Ring-necked Duck, as well as food and breeding habitat for other birds including Northern Harrier, American Bittern, Osprey, and Great Blue Heron.
NEW JERSEY
Project: Country Meadows Acquisition.
Location: Millville, Cumberland County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Natural Lands Trust, Inc.
Contact: Peter Williamson, pwilliamson@natlands.org
Partners: Open Space Institute; New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $275,906.
Other Federal Contributions: $62,994.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30.
This project will protect 102 acres along the Maurice River, a National Park Service designated Wild and Scenic River that provides a critical link between the Pinelands National Reserve and the Delaware Estuary. The pristine waters of this river are important to migratory shorebirds, songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, rails, and fish. Protection of the area’s freshwater tidal rice marsh, wetland forest, and associated upland forest will prevent forest further clearing and disturbance and maintain water quality.
NEW YORK
Project: Chippewa Bay - St. Lawrence River IBA.
Location: Chippewa Bay, St. Lawrence County.
Congressional District: 23.
Grantee: Thousand Islands Land Trust.
Contact: Jakes Tibbles, jtibbles@tilandtrust.org.
Partners: Private landowners.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $147,750.
Nonmatching/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 13.
This project will permanently protect 188 acres of priority habitat including wetlands, forests, and grasslands in this Important Bird Area. The result will protect vital breeding, nesting, staging and wintering habitat for 10 priority and 9 other waterfowl species and at least 14 priority waterbirds, shorebirds, and landbirds. In addition, the project site provides suitable habitat for the Federally listed Indiana Bat and three state listed species. Protection of the site will also increase the opportunity for nature-based recreation for the community, helping to inspire adjacent landowners to consider long-term protection of their family lands.
Project: Greater Summerhill IBA (Maneri).
Location: Summerhill, Cayuga County.
Congressional District: 24.
Grantee: Finger Lakes Land Trust, Inc.
Contact: Andrew Zepp, andrewzepp@fllt.org.
Partners: None.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $49,450.
Matching Funds: $79,125.
Nonmatching/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 13.
The Greater Summerhill Important Bird Area supports 125 nesting bird species including 22 species of warblers and other priority species such as: American Woodcock, Wood Thrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Canada Warbler, Northern Harrier, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Goshawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Sharp-shinned Hawk. The area houses high quality wetlands, distinctive wetland fens, and rich hemlock-hardwood peat swamp. This project will protect 83 acres bordering the existing sanctuary.
NORTH CAROLINA
Project: TNC NC Clay-Based Bays Project.
Location: Four bays in Hoke and Roberson Counties.
Congressional District: 8 and 7.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Ryan Elting, relting@tnc.org.
Partners: None.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Nonmatching/Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27.
The Clay-based Carolina bays are a unique wetland area found only in the western inner coastal plain of North and South Carolina. These bays have a high diversity of plant and animal life, and provide important habitat for migratory birds, but only a handful of these rare bays remain. This project will protect and restore 455 acres, reinstating natural fire regimes to improve habitat quality in three bays..
NORTH DAKOTA
Project: Grand Forks Prairie Project.
Location: Grand Forks, Grand Forks County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: USFWS.
Contact: Mike Graue, mike_graue@fws.gov.
Partners: North Dakota Natural Resources Trust; Grand Forsk County Prairie Partners; North Dakota Game and Fish Department; Pheasants Forever; The Nature Conservancy; Grand Forks County Wildlife Federation.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $55,000.
Matching Funds: $55,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11.
This project is part of a grassroots partner initiative to preserve and restore tallgrass prairie, the most endangered ecosystem on the continent. Grassland habitats slow water movement and filter out harmful particles, improving water quality in wetland areas. The project will permanently protect 153 acres of wetlands and native prairie, contributing to conservation of more than 100 migratory bird species including Sprague’s Pipit and Bald Eagle.
OHIO
Project: Cooke Restoration - Pickerel Creek.
Location: Sandusky County.
Congressional District: 5.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Russ Terry, rterry@ducks.org.
Partners: Ohio Division of Wildlife; Cargill, Inc..
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $215,264.
Nonmatching/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23.
This project will restore or enhance 58 acres of coastal wetland and wet prairie habitat. It will also increase wetland connectivity by joining the project area with other protected habitats to provide a contiguous connection to more than 4,000 acres of wetlands along the Sandusky River and western Sandusky Bay. The restored area will provide production, migration and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds, enhance habitat for resident wildlife, increase wetland connectivity, and improve water quality. Species benefiting include: Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, and American Black Duck.
Project: ECOHIO Wetland Restoration.
Location: Mason, Warren County.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: Zoological Society of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Contact: Brian Jorg, brian.jorg@cincinnatizoo.org.
Partners: Green BEAN Delivery.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $33,050.
Matching Funds: $35,875.
Nonmatching/Other Federal Funds: $26,334.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22.
This project will restore 24 acres of wetlands to create a stopover for migratory birds. Partners will convert single species cropland into shallow wetlands with native plant species. They will also increase the variety of species in surrounding woodlands by planting oak and hickory, and native understory plants. The restored area will benefit many species including: Pied-billed Grebe, American and Least Bittern, Great Blue and Green Heron, Sora and Virginia Rail, Coot, Sandhill Crane, Blue- and Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, as well as sandpipers, plovers, orioles, warblers, tanagers, sparrows, and vireos.
Project: Appalachia Ohio Wetlands.
Location: Wayne National Forest, Hocking, Athens, Gallia, and Scioto Counties.
Congressional District: 6 and 15.
Grantee: Buckeye Hills RC&D.
Contact: Eric Boyda, appalachianohioweeds@gmail.com.
Partners: Hocking College; Ohio University; Wayne National Forest.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $108,884.
Nonmatching/Other Federal Funds: $141,250.
Joint Venture Region: Appalachian Mountains.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 28.
Ninety percent of wetlands in the state of Ohio have been lost within the last 200 years and climate change has the potential to reduce wetland areas further. Invasive species and habitat degradation due to historic mining and railroad development and agricultural use are significant threats to wetlands in the project site. Grant partners will enhance and restore 438 acres to improve habitat quality and increase resilience to climatic change. Student volunteers and interns will assist in removing invasive plants, installing nest boxes, and planting native trees through a service learning program.
OKLAHOMA
Project: Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge.
Location: Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge, Okmulgee County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: USFWS Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge.
Contact: Darrin Unruh, darrin_unruh@fws.gov.
Partners: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation; Friends of the Deep Fork National Wildlife Refuge.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Oaks and Prairies
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 21.
The Deep Fork National Wildlife refuge was established to protect one of the last connected areas of bottomland hardwood forests in eastern Oklahoma. This project will fulfill that need through the acquisition of 101 acres of wetlands, oxbow, and wetland-associated uplands in the floodplain of the Deep Fork River. This will protect diminishing habitats for the benefit of wintering and migratory birds, including 7 species of priority waterfowl and forest-nesting songbirds.
OREGON
Project: Sullivan Gulch Restoration.
Location: Cape Blanco State Park, Curry Countys.
Congressional District: 5.
Grantee: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
Contact: Jim Morgan, jim.morgan@state.or.us.
Partners: Oregon State Parks; Oregon Watershed Enhancement.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $60,000.
Matching Funds: $62,082.
Other Federal Contributions: $364,897.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5.
This project will restore wildlife habitat and floodplain functions on 130 acres in a unique and important watershed of the Sixes River. Where streams have carved steep channels into the slope of a gulch, they have confined what should be a natural channel with ponds supplying clean water and food for migratory birds and other wetland-dependent species. The restoration effort will recreate the historical landscape, realigning the stream channel and planting native vegetation.
PENNSYLVANIA
Project: Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area Wetland Project.
Location: Crawford County.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Bernie Marczyk, bmarczyk@ducks.org.
Partners: Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $257,671.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 13.
This project will enhance and restore 433 acres of previously degraded wetland habitat, where invasive and aggressive species dominate the plant communities. By managing water levels and establishing beneficial, native vegetation, the project will increase food sources for waterfowl and other wildlife. The restored areas will provide waterfowl and waterbird breeding habitat, as well as improving wintering and migratory habitat.
TENNESSEE
Project: Bark Camp Barrens, TN.
Location: Manchester, Coffee County.
Congressional District: 4.
Grantee: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Contact: Tim Churchill, tim.churchill@state.tn.us.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $367,500.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Hardwoods.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 24.
This project will build on previous conservation work by permanently protecting 200 acres adjacent to other conservation lands in the Bark Camp Barrens area, which contains unique, high-quality forested wetlands, upland forest, and grasslands. The wetlands and surrounding sites provide important stopover and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other species. This project will benefit priority migratory bird species, including: Mallard, American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Woodcock, Chuck-wills-widow, Prairie Warbler, Bachman’s Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Dickcissel.
Project: South Fork, Forked Deer River, TN.
Location: Henderson, Chester County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Contact: Tim Churchill, tim.churchill@state.tn.us.
Partners: Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $112,500.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: East Gulf Coastal Plain.
Flyway: Atlantici.
BCR: 27.
This project will protect 209 acres of migratory bird habitat on the Forked Deer River. This historically important wetland basin has been largely drained and channelized, destroying most of the wetland areas. The unique, high quality, forested wetlands along the river are threatened further by development. Protection of this area will provide important stopover and wintering habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species.
TEXAS
Project: Alamo Beach Wetland Restoration and Enhancement.
Location: South of Bloomington in Calhoun County.
Congressional District: 14.
Grantee: USFWS Corpus Christi Ecological Field Office.
Contact: Chad Stinson, chad_stinson@fws.gov.
Partners: Private funder.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $90,000.
Nonmatching/Other Federal Funds: $40,000.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37.
Coastal Texas is losing coastal prairies and wetlands at an alarming rate. Habitat loss due to urban development and wetland conversion to agriculture has caused population declines for many wetland-dependent species. This project will restore natural water flow on 273 acres of degraded wetlands; increase water quality by removing harmful pesticides and bacteria; and increase availability of food and nesting habitat for migratory waterfowl.
Project: GCJV Mottled Duck Conservation Plan - Phase 6.
Location: Lake Jackson, Brazoria County.
Congressional District: 14.
Grantee: Texas R.I.C.E.
Contact: Bill Stransky, Txrice@att.net.
Partners: None.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $8,000.
Matching Funds: $8,000.
Nonmatching/Other Federal Funds: $6,000.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37.
This project will restore 200 acres of wetlands in the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, creating habitat for the Mottled Duck and other migratory bird species. Historically, the Texas coastal plain supported nesting and brood rearing for Mottled Duck and hundreds of other species, but most of this habitat has been destroyed. The grantee will repair breached levees to restore the marshland system on the refuge, building on previously restored areas and supporting thousands of shorebirds, waterfowl, and wading birds.
WISCONSIN
Project: Joel Marsh Renovation.
Location: Joel Marsh and Straight River Wildlife Areas, Polk County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Wisco Min Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Kevin.morgan, kevin.morgan@wisconsin.gov.
Partners: None.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $175,000.
Other Federal Contributions: $40,000.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23.
This project will protect 80 acres and restore 70 acres of wetlands, benefiting breeding and migrating Sandhill Crane and waterfowl including Trumpeter Swan, Mallard, and Canada Goose. The project will provide habitat and improve water quality within state wildlife areas by managing water flow and increasing the extent of protected habitats.
Project: Northern Lakes Habitat Program.
Location: Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Florence, Lincoln, and Langlade Counties.
Congressional District: 8.
Grantee: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Jeremy Holtz, jeremy.holtz@wisconsin.gov.
Partners: None.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $68,750.
Matching Funds: $578,150.
Other Federal Contributions: $20,000.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 12.
This project will improve water management in an area where at least ten rivers originate, covering marsh, meadow, swamp, and beat bog habitats important to many species of waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, and other wildlife. Protection of 314 acres and enhancement of an additional 1,200 acres will maintain existing wetlands and create a wetland-lake complex, mitigating the impacts of development in other areas..
Project: Northwest Wisconsin Phase III.
Location: Polk, Barron, Burnett, and St. Croix Counties.
Congressional District: 3 and 7.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Russ Terry, rterry@ducks.org.
Partners: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; National Wild Turkey Federation.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $88,052.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23.
This project will provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland- and grassland-dependent species by restoring 418 acres, including replacing water flow to drained wetlands and enhancing large tracts of open prairie habitat. This will complement earlier project phases, building a complex of wildlife habitat through strong partnerships between federal agencies, non-profits, and private landowners.
Project: Pershing SWA Habitat Program.
Location: Taylor County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Jay Wanner, jay.wanner@wisconsin.gov.
Partners: Taylor County Sportsman Club; Wisconsin Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $251,592.
Other Federal Contributions: $2,500
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 12.
This project will protect, restore, or enhance 2,330 acres to create habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife, improving nesting and food sources for migratory birds. Aspen is encroaching in wildlife areas, reducing the growth of natural grasses necessary for birds. The grantee will remove aspen and restore natural fire regimes to create open grassland areas and meadows near local wetlands, benefiting the Sharp-tailed Grouse as well as many migratory bird species.
Project: Scuppernong River - Phase IV.
Location: Eagle, Waukesha County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Matthew Zine, matthew.zine@wisconsin.gov.
Partners: Kettle Moraine Natural History Association; Private funder.
Approved: June 2013.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $91,793.
Other Federal Contributions: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23.
This project will enhance 2,235 acres of high priority wetlands and surrounding uplands in an Important Bird Area that are being threatened by dense stands of invasive plant species. Located within a state forest, this area is a critical refuge for migratory bird species of concern including: Henslow’s Sparrow, Bobolink, Sedge Wren, Grasshopper Sparrow, Blue-winged Teal, Wilson’s Phalarope, Northern Harrier, and Short-eared Owl. The grantee will remove invasive species and manage the area to promote remnant native plant habitats, including oak savanna, prairie, meadow, and fen.
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