A total of $19.5 million in funding was approved for the following 20 projects in March 2010. Project partners are contributing $63.5 million in matching funds and $11 million in nonmatching funds to affect 135,675 acres of habitat. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2010/Window 2 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.

ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI
Project: Ark-La-Miss Wetlands Conservation.
Location: Lonoke, Monroe, Lawrence, St. Francis and Woodruff counties, Arkansas; Bossier, Catahoula, Concordia and Tensas parishes, Louisiana; Panola County, Mississippi.
Congressional District: AR 1; LA 4, 5; MS 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Craig Hilburn, chilburn@ducks.org.
Partners: Wetlands America Trust.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $989,150.
Matching Funds: $2,563,784.
Nonmatching Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26.
This project aims to continue previous efforts to acquire, protect, restore and enhance wetland habitats in the Lower Mississippi Valley.  Partners will acquire and restore palustrine forested wetlands and the restoration of palustrine emergent wetlands.  The project area contains migration and wintering habitat for northern pintail, greater and lesser scaup, and mallard, as well as wood duck, American wigeon, redhead and ring-necked duck.  Permanent protection of these acres will also provide significant stopover benefits to Neotropical migrants.
CALIFORNIA
Project: Mid-Valley Wetland Habitat Project.
Location: Merced County.
Congressional District: 18.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Chadd Santerre, chadd_santerre@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: California Wildlife Conservation Board; California Department of Fish and Game; Grassland Water District; private landowners.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,010,634.
Nonmatching Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32.
The San Joaquin Valley wetlands support upwards of 1.5 million waterfowl and 250,000 shorebirds during peak migration periods in winter and spring.  The largest concentrations of wetlands and waterbirds are found within the Grassland Ecological Area, a 180,000-acre ecological area that encompasses 175 private properties, three national wildlife refuges and two state wildlife areas and represents the largest contiguous wetland complex in California.  The 22 projects within this effort will provide protection, restoration and enhancement that will significantly improve and expand the habitat base within the Grassland Ecological Area.  Completion of the projects and the resulting benefits to migratory and breeding waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland dependent species will complement the goals and objectives of various priority bird initiatives and the many partners involved.  Partners will protect, restore and enhance 6,712 acres of habitat, benefitting bird species and hundreds of wetland associated bird species.
Project: Northern Tulare/San Joaquin Basins III.
Location: Fresno and Merced counties.
Congressional District: 18, 20.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Mark Biddlecomb, mbiddlecomb@ducks.org.
Partners: California Wildlife Conservation Board; California Department of Fish and Game; Grassland Water District.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,114,602.
Nonmatching Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32.
This project is Phase Three of an initiative to conserve wetlands and associated habitats in the northern Tulare and San Joaquin basins of California’s Central Valley.  With matching and grant funding, Ducks Unlimited and its partners will conserve 4,273 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands and 31 acres of riparian habitat on private and public land by protecting or restoring natural wetland basins and sloughs that were previously leveled, and by re-establishing early-succession riparian vegetation.  Wetland enhancements will consist of earthmoving activities to increase habitat diversity and improve water conveyance, and installation of efficient water control structures to improve water conservation.  In addition, 631 acres of associated wildlife habitats consisting of native grasslands, scrublands, and managed upland habitats will be restored or enhanced.  Habitat restoration, enhancement, and protection will benefit waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland-dependent birds throughout the year by conserving migrating, wintering, and breeding habitat.  Restored or enhanced nesting cover will improve opportunities for ground nesting birds including mallard, cinnamon teal and gadwall.  Wetland enhancements are also a primary goal of this proposal to diversify habitat and improve water conservation to continually benefit waterfowl year-round and make vast improvements for other wetlands associated wildlife including shorebirds, colonial waterbirds, and Neotropical songbirds.
Project: Tulare Basin Wetlands Restoration.
Location: Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties.
Congressional District: 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Mark Biddlecomb, mbiddlecomb@ducks.org.
Partners: California Wildlife Conservation Board; Pasuza Land & Water Co.; Rancho Visalia; Side x Side Duck Club; Widgeon Land Company; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,021,699.
Nonmatching Funds: $15,000.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32.
This is phase one of a multi-phase initiative planned by Ducks Unlimited and its partners to conserve wetlands and associated habitats in the Tulare Basin of California’s Central Valley.  Habitat restoration, enhancement, and protection, along with diversification of existing habitat, will benefit waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland-dependent birds throughout the year by conserving migrating, wintering, and breeding habitat.  Restored or enhanced nesting cover on several projects will improve nesting opportunities for ground nesting birds including mallard, cinnamon teal and gadwall.
COLORADO, NEBRASKA
Project: Platte River Confluence: Phase II.
Location: Garden, Keith, Lincoln, Morrill and Scotts Bluff counties, Nebraska; Morgan County, Colorado.
Congressional District: NE 3; CO 4.
Grantee:
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Jonas Davis, jdavis@ducks.org.
Partners: Private individuals; West Central Weed Management Area; Nebraska Department of Agriculture; Nebraska Environmental Trust; Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District; Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $725,000.
Matching Funds: $1,827,153.
Nonmatching Funds: $7,000.
Joint Venture Region: Playa Lakes.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 18.
The primary objective of this project is to conserve riverine and floodplain associated wetland habitats in the Platte River Basin from the confluence of the North and South Platte in Nebraska.  The North and South Platte Rivers, its tributaries, and associated wetlands in western Nebraska provide critically needed habitat for migrating, wintering, and breeding migratory birds.  Habitat conservation through this project will directly benefit the millions of wetland-dependent migratory birds that use Platte River system resources.  A total of 4,141 acres of wetlands and other associated habitats will be protected and/or restored through this project.  The project area provides habitat for more than two million ducks and 500,000 geese during annual migrations, and critical feeding and resting sites in a semi-arid region for waterfowl on their northward journey in the spring.  Species that will benefit include mallards, Northern pintail and trumpeter swans.
FLORIDA
Project: St. Johns River Headwaters Project.
Location: Indian and Okeechobee counties.
Congressional District: 15, 16.
Grantee: Conservation Trust for Florida.
Contact: Lauren Day, lday@conservationfund.org.
Partners: Indian River County; St. Johns River Water Management District; private landowner; Red Bay Stronghold Foundation.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,000,000.
Nonmatching Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 31.
This project is part of an effort to protect hundreds of thousands of acres for wetland-dependent migratory birds within the vast system of wetlands that form the headwaters of the St. Johns River, which flows 310 miles from south to north along Florida’s east coast.  The project is located within the upper (southern) basin of the river, where its banks are non-distinct and it merges seamlessly into numerous lakes, creeks and marshes.  This area continues to provide some of the highest concentrations of migrating and wintering waterfowl such as the northern pintail, lesser scaup, American wigeon, canvasback, redhead, ring-necked duck, and numerous shorebirds, waterbirds, landbirds and other species.
GEORGIA
Project: Rayonier-Murff Tract.
Location: Long County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Greg Balkcom, greg.balkcom@dnr.state.ga.us.
Partners: Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund; The Nature Conservancy; United States Marine Corps; Forest Legacy Grant; Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,747,663.
Nonmatching Funds: $6,152,337.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27.
This project will protect 6,856 acres of wetlands and associated upland habitats to benefit breeding, migrating, and wintering birds.  The project directly provides suitable breeding and wintering habitat species such as species American black duck, mallard, wood duck, little blue heron, wood stork, Bachman’s sparrow, rusty blackbird and painted bunting.
IDAHO
Project: Middle Snake River Conservation.
Location: Owyhee, Gooding, Twin Falls and Cassia counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2.
Grantee:
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Chris Bonsignore, cbonsignore@ducks.org.
Partners: Western Legends, LC; private individuals; The Nature Conservancy; Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation; Six S Ranch, LLC; Idaho Department of Fish and Game; Old Curran Ranch, LLC; Southern Idaho Land Trust; Idaho Department of Environmental Quality; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $6,751,019.
Nonmatching Funds: $123,120.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 9.
Located in the Great Basin of southern Idaho, the Middle Snake River Conservation area is a mosaic of low-elevation emergent and riverine wetlands, willow and cottonwood riparian habitats, sagebrush steppe, and areas of intensive irrigated agriculture.  The project area provides a diverse mix of wetland, riparian and associated upland habitats for migratory bird species, waterfowl and shorebirds.  The overall purpose of the 2,221-acre Middle Snake River Conservation project is to protect and improve key wetland, riparian and associated upland habitats in the watershed that will build on local and regional efforts to benefit important bird, fish and wildlife species.  Project objectives are to protect habitat through fee title donation and permanent conservation easements on 859 acres; restore wetland habitats on 290 acres of public and private land to improve habitat for fish, wildlife and bird species; and enhance 507 acres of critical wetland and riparian habitat on private lands, Minidoka NWR and four state wildlife management areas.  The project will affect habitats that support high priority waterfowl species such as northern pintail, mallard, lesser scaup and greater scaup, and will have direct benefits to a diversity of priority breeding species.
INDIANA
Project: Wabash River Habitat Protection Project.
Location: Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Sullivan, Greene, Knox, Daviess, Gibson and Pike counties.
Congressional District: 8.
Grantee:
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact:Russel Terry, rterry@ducks.org .
Partners: Indiana Department of Natural Resources; Duke Energy; The Nature Conservancy; National Wild Turkey Federation; Vigo County Parks Department; Wabash River Development & Beautification Inc.; Natural Resources Conservation Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,353,417.
Nonmatching Funds: $30,000.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River-Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 24.
This project focuses on the Wabash River watershed, targeting protection, restoration and enhancement of waterfowl migration, wintering, and breeding habitat within the largest river corridor in Indiana; creation of a new state fish and wildlife area; expansion of existing nature preserves; and restoration of private wetlands important for waterfowl production and migration and other wildlife.  The project is focused on the protection, restoration, and enhancement of emergent, forested, and scrub-shrub wetlands for waterfowl, other migratory birds, other wildlife, fish, and society
IOWA
Project: Prairie Lakes Wetland Initiative IV.
Location: of 19 counties in the Prairie Pothole Region of Iowa.
Congressional District: 4 and 5.
Grantee: Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Todd R. Bishop, Todd.Bishop@dnr.iowa.gov.
Partners: Carroll County Conservation Board; Clay County Conservation Board; Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; Dickinson Water Quality Commission; Ducks Unlimited; Hancock County Conservation Board; Center Lake Improvement & Protection Association; Iowa State Council Pheasants Forever; Delta Waterfowl Foundation; John K. and Luise V. Hanson Foundation; Winnebago-Hancock Pheasants Forever; Fick Incorporated (Ace Hardware); Mad-Gaard Construction; Thompson Lumber and Sawmill; private individual; Dickinson County Conservation Board; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,046,315.
Nonmatching Funds: $1,654,700.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Potholes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11.
This project builds on a successful and long-term partnership between the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Waterfowl Production Area program and NAWCA grants.  The project area is in the Iowa portion of the Prairie Pothole Region, an area of continental importance not only to waterfowl, but also for many other species of waterbirds, shorebirds, and grassland birds as well.  Historically, this area was one of the most productive portions of North America’s Prairie Pothole Region.  The area is still an important production area for mallards, blue-winged teal, wood ducks, and Canada geese as well as a host of other migratory waterbird, shorebird, and grassland bird species.  The project area is also an important part of a major migration corridor for lesser scaup and other waterbirds moving north from the central Mississippi River to breeding grounds to the North and West.
LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI
Project: Mississippi Delta WMA Wetland Habitat Enhancements II.
Location: Bolivar, Issaquena, Warren, Tallahatchie and Sharkey counties, Mississippi; Concordia Parish, Louisiana.
Congressional District: MS 2; LA 5.
Grantee: Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
Contact: Kevin Brunke, kevinb@mdwfp.state.ms.us.
Partners: Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks; Wetlands America Trust; Ducks Unlimited; U.S. Forest Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $999,384.
Matching Funds: $5,621,712.
Nonmatching Funds: $278,854.
Joint Venture: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26.
Protecting, restoring, and enhancing wetlands through this project will help ensure consistent, high-quality habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds, rails, wading birds, and other wetland dependent wildlife in one of the most important wintering and migration areas for birds in North America.  This project will protect, enhance, or restore 5,068 acres of wetlands and associated habitats, combining the land management capabilities of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the wetland design expertise of Ducks Unlimited and the land protection expertise of Wetlands America Trust.  When completed, this project will provide breeding and brood-rearing habitat for wood ducks and hooded mergansers; and wintering and migration habitat for mallards, gadwalls, American wigeon, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal and other waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and passerines.
MONTANA
Project: Centennial Valley Restoration and Protection Project II.
Location: Beaverhead County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Randy Gazda, randy_gazda@fws.gov.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy; J Bar L Ranch; Wyss Foundation; Centennial Wood Products; University of Montana-Western; Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; Beaverhead County; private landowners.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,002,483.
Nonmatching Funds: $1,537,800.
Joint Venture: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 10.
Centennial Valley Restoration and Protection II will dovetail protection and restoration projects in the Centennial Valley watershed.  Grant objectives are to finalize the purchase of the Murphy Creek Ranch, slated as an addition to Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge; initiate the purchase of the Elisabeth Grazing property with a 100-acre fee title acquisition to be added to the refuge; restore through grazing management and willow planting 100 acres of palustrine emergent and shrub wetlands and uplands on Long Creek; and restore 25 acres of aspen habitat through timber management.  This project will affect a total of 4,215 acres.  Twenty-two waterfowl species are expected to benefit, including high-priority northern pintail, mallard and lesser scaup.  Project tracts also support three priority waterbird species: white-faced ibis, great blue heron and American bittern.
NEBRASKA
Project: Rainwater Basin Habitat Conservation Project – Phase V.
Location: 17 counties in central Nebraska.
Congressional District: 1 and 3.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Steve Donovan, sdonovan@ducks.org.
Partners: The Conservation Fund; Rainwater Basin Joint Venture; The Nebraska Environmental Trust; Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,033,838.
Nonmatching Funds: $26,671.
Joint Venture: Rainwater Basin.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 19.
The Rainwater Basin in Nebraska is one of the most important wetland ecosystems in the Central Flyway.  Approximately 90 percent of the original wetlands found within this landscape have been lost due to drainage and conversion activities.  In Phase V of an on-going effort by Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, partners plan to restore and protect wetland habitats within this important landscape.  This phase includes several important wetland conservation efforts, including conservation of 4,152 acres of wetland habitats that provide abundant food resources to migratory birds.  The Rainwater Basin provides migration habitat for over ten million waterfowl and other migratory birds each year.  It is estimated that half of the continental mallard population and 30 percent of the continental pintail population use Rainwater Basin habitats during spring migration and 90 percent of the mid-continent population of greater white-fronted geese depend on Rainwater Basin habitats.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project: ACE Basin: Edisto River Corridor Protection Project IV.
Location: Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester and Orangeburg counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 6.
Grantees: Audubon South Carolina, National Audubon Society.
Contact: Norman L. Brunswig, nbrunswig@audubon.org.
Partners: Lowcountry Open Land Trust; Edisto Island Open Land Trust; The Nature Conservancy; Dorchester County; Charleston County Greenbelt Fund; SC Conservation Bank; Ducks Unlimited; Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $18,266,950.
Nonmatching Funds: $56,000.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27.
This is the fourth phase of a multi-year project to protect strategic freshwater, forested and estuarine wetlands, and associated uplands habitat in the Edisto River corridor.  Phase IV will protect 15 new tracts totaling 2,853 new acres, including 1,381 acres of wetlands and 1,472  acres of valuable upland habitats, to benefit breeding, migrating and wintering birds.  Grant funds will support acquisition of 328 acres of the Way Tract, which has 1.8 miles of bottomland hardwood swamp frontage.  The project will also help protect riparian habitat in the estuarine zone of the Edisto River, including freshwater wetlands, salt marsh and associated uplands.  The areas that will be protected through this project include stopover habitat for migrating waterfowl and other wetland-associated bird species; wintering habitat for priority waterfowl such as lesser scaup, wood duck, bufflehead, hooded merganser and American black duck; wintering habitat for high priority wetland species such as salt marsh sharp-tailed sparrow and rusty blackbird; and breeding habitat for high priority species such as little blue heron, swallow-tailed kite, prairie warbler, seaside sparrow, painted bunting and wood duck.
SOUTH DAKOTA
Project: Harvey Dunn Grassland Preservation Project III.
Location: 44 counties in eastern South Dakota.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: South Dakota Game Fish and Parks; private individual; South Dakota Art Museum; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,002,432.
Nonmatching Funds: $53,880.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11.
The goal of this phase of the Harvey Dunn Grassland Preservation Project is to protect 1,804 acres of wetland and grasslands in the eastern part of the Prairie Pothole region, part of a larger effort to protect 24,000 grassland acres and restore 121 drained wetland basins.  While the project area has significant habitat resources, it has also been severely affected by conversion of habitat to cropland.  Protection will be through fee acquisition and easements from willing landowners who want to protect their grasslands.  The 1,804 acres of habitat preserved by this project will provide direct benefits to not only waterfowl, but also numerous species of shorebirds, wading birds, marsh birds, other wetland-dependent wildlife species, grassland songbirds and other grassland-dependent wildlife species.  Valuable breeding, migration and, for some resident species, critical wintering habitat, will be protected.
Project: South Dakota Prairie Coteau Project – Phase II.
Location: Fifteen South Dakota counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe; South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks; Ducks Unlimited Inc.; Hamlin County Conservation District; 150 landowner partners; Day Conservation District; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $825,000.
Matching Funds: $1,726,000.
Nonmatching Funds: $1,000,000.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11.
This project represents the second phase of a coordinated effort to accelerate wetland and associated grassland conservation throughout the Prairie Coteau of northeastern South Dakota.  During Phase II, partner contributions will be combined with grant funds and more than 150 individual projects will be completed under a variety of protection terms ranging from ten-year habitat agreements to perpetual fee-title protection.  On private and tribal land 1,500 cropland acres will be restored to grassland, 200 wetland acres will be restored, and 20,000 grassland and wetland acres will be enhanced with beneficial grazing systems.  In addition, 1,600 grassland acres and 250 wetland acres on private land will be protected with perpetual easements and 838 acres will be afforded fee-title protection.  The Prairie Coteau hosts high wetland densities, diverse bird communities and some of the largest remaining tracts of northern tallgrass prairie on the continent.  The conservation actions completed via Phase II of the South Dakota Prairie Coteau project will have direct and enduring benefits to a wide range of bird species including waterfowl, shorebirds and grassland nesting passerines.
TEXAS
Project: Texas Chenier Plain Coastal Refuges (Cade Ranch).
Location: Galveston County.
Congressional District: 14.
Grantee: The Conservation Fund.
Contact: Julie Shackelford, julieshackelford@conservationfund.org.
Partners: BP America; GM I, Ltd.; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,039,635.
Nonmatching Funds: $1,559.
Joint Venture: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 37.
The purpose of this project, through partnership between The Conservation Fund, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and two private interests, is to permanently protect 1,000 acres of estuarine emergent wetlands and associated tidal flats and subtidal ponds of the largest remaining undeveloped tract on the storm-prone Bolivar Peninsula.  The acquisition wetlands are within a larger 2,614-acre tract that contains approximately 600 acres of developable beachfront and upland habitat and 2,014 acres of wetlands.  By eliminating the potential for habitat loss, the project will maintain current distributions of migratory waterfowl, shorebird, wading bird and landbird populations on the Bolivar Peninsula, a nationally and internationally recognized region for bird abundance and diversity.  The project will provide breeding habitat for mottled ducks and migration and wintering habitat for northern pintail, mottled duck, mallard, lesser scaup and greater scaup.  The Cade Ranch tract provides sandy beaches and extensive tidal flats adjacent to the subtidal inland ponds for snowy plover, piping plover, long-billed curlew, dunlin, marbled godwit during migration and over-wintering and forage during breeding season for the snowy plover.
Project: Texas Chenier Plain Wetlands Improvement Project II.
Location: Chambers Galveston and Jefferson counties, Texas.
Congressional District: 2 and 14.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Todd Merendino, tmerendino@ducks.org.
Partners: BP America; Houston Endowment; Houston Audubon Society; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $998,543.
Matching Funds: $2,108,369.
Nonmatching Funds: $20,000.
Joint Venture: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 37.
Emergent wetlands and coastal marshes of the Texas Gulf Coast provide critical migration and wintering habitat for millions of migratory birds.  However, the region has experienced tremendous habitat alterations and wetland losses from development pressures, urbanization, decreased rice agriculture, altered local and regional hydrology, and saltwater intrusion.  Through this project, partners will restore and enhance 3,391 acres of freshwater and coastal wetlands and associated transitional upland habitats, including 300 acres of native grasslands within the Chenier Plain of Texas.  Grant funds will also be used to restore and enhance freshwater wetlands and intermediate coastal marsh on Anahuac NWR and J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area, as well as restoring native grasslands to property owned and managed by Houston Audubon Society.  Project activities will provide breeding habitat for mottled ducks, as well as wintering/migration habitat for northern pintails, mallards, lesser scaup, gadwalls, American wigeon, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, Canada geese, other waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and landbirds.  In addition, the project will enhance other wetland values by improving water quality, increasing natural flood storage and storm surge protection, as well as soil conservation.
Project: Wetlands Restoration and Enhancement of Private and Public Lands, Texas Gulf Coast VII.
Location: 28 counties in eastern Texas.
Congressional District: 2, 9, 14, 15, 18, 22, 25, 27, 28, 29.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Todd Merendino, tmerendino@ducks.org.
Partners: Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust; private landowners; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Futch Foundation; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $999,947.
Matching Funds: $2,000,271.
Nonmatching Funds: None.
Joint Venture: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 37.
This project is a continuation of a long-term partnership among private landowners and public partners to protect, restore and enhance 4,320 acres of wetlands on the Texas Coast on private lands and within permanently protected state and federal areas.  Grant funds will be used to complete restoration and enhancement work on private lands, complete enhancement work by replacing a water control structure that will manage water and salinity levels in Big Muddy Lake and Cane Lake at Mad Island WMA, and complete enhancement work by replacing the water control structure on the lower end of Laguna Atascosa Lake at Laguna Atascosa NWR.  This project will provide semi-permanent and seasonal wetland habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and other wetland-dependent wildlife.  Upon completion, this project will provide breeding habitat for mottled ducks, black-bellied and fulvous whistling ducks, as well as wintering/migration habitat mottled duck, northern pintail, mallard, lesser scaup, greater scaup, and Cackling Canada goose, and other priority waterfowl species.  This area provides outdoor recreation in the form of waterfowl hunting and bird watching, and Laguna Atascosa is recognized as a premier bird watching “hotspot” in the United States.
UTAH
Project: Great Salt Lake Wetlands Project, Phase IV.
Location: Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Mark Biddlecomb, mbiddlecomb@ducks.org.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy; Quality Growth Commission – LeRay McAllister Fund; Stephen Bechtel Fund; Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation; Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation; Little Mountain Cattle Company; Utah Division of Wildlife Resources; New State Duck Club; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Approved: March 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,343,938.
Nonmatching Funds: $118,268.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 9.
The Great Salt Lake and associated wetlands support some four million waterfowl and five million shorebirds annually and form one of the most important wetland complexes in North America.  While most of these birds are staging migrants, many breeding birds also occur there in high numbers.  In Phase IV of Ducks Unlimited’s long-term effort to conserve wetlands and migratory bird populations in the Great Salt Lake ecosystem, partners will focus on acquiring, restoring and enhancing wetlands and uplands immediately adjacent to the lake.  The project will protect, restore or enhance 12,410 acres of wetlands and associated uplands, 116 acres of which will be permanently protected.  Work will occur on nine tracts, including four state waterfowl management areas, a national wildlife refuge and four private properties.  Project work will benefit a quarter of the continental northern pintail population, nearly three quarters of the western tundra swan population, more than half of the western snowy plover population, the world’s largest breeding populations of white-faced ibis and California gulls, one of the largest concentrations of breeding redheads in North America, the most important cinnamon teal breeding area in North America, and the world’s largest staging concentration of Wilson’s phalaropes.
/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/Standard/US/2010_March.shtm was last updated 10/17/13 07:58:56
Home - FWS - Duck Stamp - Contact Us - Privacy
Last updated: October 8, 2013