A total of $23.1 million in funding was approved for the following 24 projects on September 8, 2010. Project partners are contributing $71.3 million in matching funds to affect 142,093 acres of habitat and $5.1 million in nonmatching funds. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2011/Window 1 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: Dos Rios Ranch.
Location: Stanislaus County.
Congressional District: 18.
Grantee: River Partners.
Contact: Julie Rentner, jrentner@riverpartners.org.
Partners: Lyons Investments LP; California Natural Resources Agency; California Department of Water Resources; California Wildlife Conservation Board; Tuolumne River Trust; California State University Stanislaus; California Native Plant Society, Northern San Joaquin Chapter; Patterson High School.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $7,059,497.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
Project partners will restore floodplain wetlands on the San Joaquin River NWR and acquire the 1,603-acre Dos Rios Ranch in the northern San Joaquin Valley, an important wintering area for Pacific Flyway migratory birds.  During peak migration, more than 1.5 million ducks and geese, and over 250,000 shorebirds use wetland and associated habitats in the valley for foraging and resting.  During summer months, migratory songbirds rely on these floodplain habitats for nesting and stopovers.  Floodplain wetlands, pastures, and grain fields in the northern San Joaquin Valley provide foraging and resting habitat for snow, Ross’s, and Canada geese, gadwalls, teals, wigeons, pintails, cranes, avocets, stilts and ibis, and nesting habitat for warblers, flycatchers, grosbeaks and vireos.
Project: Northeastern California Wetlands Habitat Project, Phase I.
Location: Lassen, Modoc, Siskiyou and Shasta counties.
Congressional District: 2 and 4.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Chadd Santerre, chadd_santerre@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: Pacific Gas & Electric; Coon Camp Springs; Soldier Mountain.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,057,850.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $98,000.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 9-Great Basin.
The Southern Oregon and Northeastern California region is an area of continental significance to North American ducks, geese and swans.  This project will protect, restore and enhance 4,535 acres of habitat within this region, benefitting priority waterfowl species such as the tule greater white-fronted goose, cackling goose, northern pintail, mallard, lesser and greater scaup.
Project: Suisun Marsh Managed Wetlands Enhancement Project, Phase III.
Location: Solano County.
Congressional District: 7 and 10.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Chadd Santerre, chadd_santerre@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: California Department of Fish and Game; Family Club; 25 private landowners.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,005,884.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
The Suisun Marsh is a 116,000-acre natural wetland complex made up of tidal sloughs, bays, managed wetlands and uplands just west of the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers.  It is the largest contiguous brackish marsh in the United States, representing about 12 percent of remaining natural wetlands in California.  The marsh is an important area for migrating and breeding waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbird species of the Pacific Flyway.  California Waterfowl has worked with the project partners to identify opportunities to improve infrastructure and management capabilities to allow increased exchanges of fresh and brackish water that will enhance the overall quality and diversity of the marsh.  Partners will create variable topography by contouring pond bottoms, creating new circulation and drainage ditches, installing new water control structures, creating islands, redirecting the flow of tidal and surface waters, and improving the ability to manage water levels at optimum depths.  The protection, establishment and enhancement of these habitats will allow for landscape-scale improvements for migratory waterbirds and other wetland species.
COLORADO
Project: North Park Wetland Conservation Partnership.
Location: Jackson County.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Matt Reddy, mreddy@ducks.org.
Partners: Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust; The Nature Conservancy; Great Outdoors Colorado; Colorado Conservation Trust; private individuals; Samuel Gary Jr. & Associates, Inc.; Colorado Partners for Fish and Wildlife.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $997,360.
Matching Funds: $4,350,042.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $62,857.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 16-Southern Rockies/Colorado Plateau.
The North Park Wetland Conservation Partnership will permanently protect 1,828 acres of high-quality wetlands and 5,041 acres of associated native wetland grass and shrublands; as well as enhance 933 acres of declining wetland habitat types and 565 acres of uplands through conservation easements and by renovating irrigation systems in important wet meadow habitats.  By providing pristine and productive nesting and brood rearing habitat, the project will benefit significant numbers of northern pintail, mallard, lesser scaup, redhead and cinnamon teal, and other migratory waterfowl.
DELAWARE
Project: Delaware Bayshores Land Protection and Climate Change Adaptation.
Location: Sussex County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Kate Hackett, khackett@tnc.org.
Partners: State of Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation; Longwood Foundation; Broadkill Realty LLC; private landowner; DuPont Clear Into the Future.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $900,000.
Matching Funds: $3,405,553.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England-Mid-Atlantic Coast.
Grant funds will contribute to the purchase of a conservation easement on the Island and Sanctuary Farm properties, which lie in the Delaware Bayshores Conservation Area, a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site of Hemispheric Importance, a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, and a globally Important Bird Area.  This project will protect two tracts totaling approximately 664 acres.  Both properties lie immediately adjacent to Prime Hook NWR.  Together, the properties include 189 of tidal marsh, 65 acres of forested palustrine wetlands, three acres of estuarine wetlands, and 418 acres of wetland-associated uplands.  Protection of these properties will provide habitat for migratory and resident avian species, including American black duck, wood duck, clapper rail, great blue heron, American woodcock and white-rumped sandpiper.
FLORIDA
Project: St. Johns River Headwaters – Phase II.
Location: Indian River County.
Congressional District: 17.
Grantee: Indian River County.
Contact: Roland DeBlois, rdeblois@ircgov.com.
Partners: St. Johns River Water Management District; private individual; The Conservation Fund.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,005,000.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 31-Peninsular Florida.
This project is part of an effort to protect hundreds of thousands of acres for migratory birds within the vast system of wetlands that form the headwaters of the St. Johns River, which flows from south to north along Florida’s east coast and at 310 miles, is the state’s longest river.  Protection of the project tracts will preserve an unprotected stretch of shoreline on the lake and its associated floodplain forest.  The project area hosts a wide variety of wildlife, including listed species such as wood stork, snail kite, whooping crane and Florida panther.  All of the project tracts are located within the “Florida Ecological Greenway Network,” a state-adopted plan that delineates large, connected areas of ecological significance statewide.
IDAHO
Project: Henry’s Fork III.
Location: Fremont, Jefferson and Madison counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Teton Regional Land Trust.
Contact: Bonnie Self, bonnie@tetonlandtrust.org.
Partners: Private individuals; KJ Farms; Gold Ranch II, 474 Club, LLC; Henry’s Fork Ranch; Idaho Department of Fish and Game; Henry’s Fork Foundation.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $3,015,910.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 9-Great Basin.
The goal of the Henry’s Fork III project is to sustain and enhance priority bird populations by protecting and restoring priority wetlands and associated uplands along the Henry’s Fork and lower South Fork of the Snake River.  Partners will expand permanent land protection around core wetland conservation areas via perpetual conservation easements; restore wetland function on two state wildlife management areas within the project area; and restore and establish wetlands on key permanently protected, private parcels adjacent to core wetland conservation areas.  The Henry’s Fork III project area supports nine state-designated Important Bird Areas and provides breeding areas for wetland-dependent birds.
IOWA
Project: Prairie Lakes V Wetland Initiative.
Location: 29 Iowa counties.
Congressional District: 1, 4, and 5.
Grantee: Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Todd Bishop, (515) 281-7127, todd.bishop@dnr.state.ia.us.
Partners: Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; private individuals; Butler County Conservation Board; Dickinson County Water Quality Commission; Greene County Conservation Board; Pheasants Forever: Iowa State Council and Franklin County, Story, North Butler, Winnebago-Hancock and South Butler chapters; The Messengers of Healing Winds Foundation; Okoboji Foundation; William A. Van Orsdel Family Foundation; Spirit Lake Protective Association; Franklin County Conservation Board; East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,442,917.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This project builds on a successful 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 to waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds and grassland birds.  This project includes enhancement projects on two large marshes providing important spring migration wetland habitats.  Activities completed through this project will provide improvements in flood control and water quality through wetland and grassland habitat restoration.  Through this project, partners are also improving management of large prairie marshes to benefit migrating birds and provide better nesting and brood-rearing habitats for the birds that breed in this area.
LOUISIANA, TEXAS
Project: Gulf Coast Wetlands Restoration and Enhancement III.
Location: 15 Louisiana parishes and Jefferson County, Texas.
Congressional District: LA 1, 2, 3, & 7; TX 2.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Bob Dew, bdew@ducks.org.
Partners: BP Corporation; private individuals; The Conservation Fund; Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,140,533.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $28,172.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
The purpose of this project is to restore 6,772 acres of estuarine intertidal wetlands on public and private lands and enhance 50 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands on private lands.  Partners will also build a large multi-bay water control structure to help manage water and salinity levels within the project site.  The project will be carried out through the Louisiana Waterfowl Project South program, a cooperative public-private effort that provides technical and cost-share assistance to private landowners what want to improve their property for waterfowl and other wildlife.  The project area contains migration and wintering habitat for waterfowl species such as the northern pintail, lesser and greater scaup, mottled duck, canvasback and ring-necked duck.
MAINE
Project: Acadia Archipelago.
Location: Hancock County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Contact: Brian Reilly, breilly@mcht.org.
Partners: Shepard Harris; private individuals; Hurricane Island Outward Bound School.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $4,450,000.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14-Atlantic Northern Forest.
Located off the Maine coast, the largely pristine Acadia Archipelago islands provide extensive intertidal wetlands, rocky shorelines, protected embayments, and bold cliffs that are habitat for many waterfowl species, seabirds and shorebirds. This project will protect some of the largest and most important wetlands remaining in this landscape and connect and buffer existing protected lands, while preserving and improving conditions for wildlife and providing public benefits. The grantee will use NAWCA funds to permanently protect interior wetlands on Mount Desert Island and five entire islands. Numerous priority migratory bird species will benefit from these coastal freshwater wetlands, including breeding and migrant waterfowl such as American black duck, wading birds such as yellow rail, shorebirds such as the American woodcock, and neotropical migrants such as olive-sided flycatcher.
MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA
Project: Prairies Without Borders III.
Location: Roberts, Grant and Deuel counties, South Dakota.
Congressional District: SD 1.
Grantee: Northern Prairies Land Trust.
Contact: John H. Davidson, info@northernprairies.org.
Partners: South Dakota Game Fish and Parks; The Nature Conservancy.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,002,300.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $58,300.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
The goal of this phase of the Prairies Without Borders is to perpetually protect 2,375 acres with an overall goal, using multiple grants, of protecting 26,000 acres of wetlands and grasslands in the eastern Prairie Pothole region.  This portion of the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture consists of high wetland densities, diverse bird communities and some of the largest remaining tracts of northern tallgrass prairie on the North American continent.  The 2,375 acres of habitat preserved by this project will provide direct benefits not only to waterfowl, but also to numerous species of shorebirds, wading birds, marsh birds, other wetland-dependent wildlife species, grassland songbirds and other grassland-dependent wildlife species.
MISSOURI
Project: Conservation in the Confluence II.
Location: St. Charles and Lincoln counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Scott W. Manley, smanley@ducks.org.
Partners: Wetlands America Trust; C. Hager & Sons Hinge Manufacturing Co.; Missouri Department of Conservation; St. Louis Audubon Society; Great Rivers Habitat Alliance; Lohr Distributing Company, Inc.; Audubon Riverlands Center – Audubon Missouri
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $997,755.
Matching Funds: $2,866,937.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22-Eastern Tallgrass Prairie.
This project will protect and enhance diverse wetlands and associated habitats for migrating and wintering waterfowl and other wildlife in the midcontinent of the United States.  Conservation work will occur in the heart of the Confluence region of eastern Missouri, an area that has lost 90 percent of its historic wetlands.  Land protection via donated conservation easement, and enhancement of wetland habitats with water control and delivery systems, will protect 1,181 acres and enhance 929 acres.  These wetland enhancements will assure this protected private property can be managed for the highest quality habitat in the future.  Habitat protection and enhancement will benefit migrating and wintering waterfowl and shorebirds.
MONTANA
Project: Rocky Mountain Front Protection Project III.
Location: Lewis and Clark, Teton, Pondera and Glacier counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Randy Gazda, randy_gazda@fws.gov.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy; private individuals; Richard King Mellon Foundation; Fischer Cattle Company.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $4,974,000.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $4,310,000.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 10-Northern Rockies.
The 20,745 acres of land protected through this project will become part of the 254,000-acre Rocky Mountain Front Protection Campaign.  To date 146,000 acres have been permanently protected, some with previous NAWCA grants in this project area.  All of the acreage involved in this project will receive perpetual protection, benefitting at least 220 species of birds found along the Front.  Eleven shorebird species breed in the wetlands and undisturbed native prairies of the area.  The third largest population of American white pelican in Montana and a portion of the Rocky Mountain population of greater sandhill cranes breed in this area and use its river corridors during migration.
NEBRASKA
Project: Platte River Confluence Phase III.
Location: Scottsbluff and Morrill counties.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Steve Donovan, sdonovan@ducks.org.
Partners: Kosman Investments, Inc.; private individuals; H. Hunter Company; Pheasant Land Company; Duck Factory; Grandview II LLC; Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; Stuart Foundation; Nebraska Environmental Trust; Platte River Basin Environments, Inc.; Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $997,038.
Matching Funds: $2,170,535.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $20,000.
Joint Venture Region: Playa Lakes.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 18-Shortgrass Prairie.
This is Phase 3 of the Platte River Confluence Project.  The overall project includes the conservation of important wetland habitats along both the North and South Platte rivers through their confluence near North Platte, Nebraska.  Under this Phase III proposal, partners will conserve wetland habitats along the North Platte River near Scottsbluff, permanently protecting 1,907 acres of wetlands and associated habitats through direct acquisition or perpetual conservation easements.  The North Platte River provides important migration and wintering habitat for hundreds of thousands of waterfowl and other migratory birds.
NORTH CAROLINA
Project: Carteret County, NC Coastal Initiative.
Location: Carteret County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.
Contact: Janice L. Allen, janice@coastallandtrust.org.
Partners: NC Clean Water Management Trust; private landowner.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,028,000.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeastern Coastal Plain.
This project involves the acquisition, on three separate tracts, of declining wetland community types such as estuarine marsh, cypress-gum swamp and bottomland hardwoods, and upland communities such as maritime forest. Nearly 4,000 acres have been conserved along the South River and Turnagain Bay near Piney Island to date, and this initiative will conserve another 435 acres.  Habitat to be enhanced by this project is home to waterfowl such as American black ducks, northern pintails and wood ducks, as well as gull-billed terns, little blue herons and wood thrushes.
NORTH DAKOTA
Project: Big Oxbow Wetland Acquisition, Phase II.
Location: McKenzie County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: American Foundation for Wildlife.
Contact: Vern Axtman, afwildlife@midco.net.
Partners: North Dakota Natural Resources Trust; private individual; North Dakota Game and Fish Department; Ducks Unlimited; North Dakota Conservation Fund; Northern Great Plains Joint Venture; Starion Bancorporation; Upper Missouri Chapter United Sportsmen; North Dakota Conservation Foundation; North Dakota/National Wild Turkey Federation; SEI Investments; Central Dakota Strutters Chapter of Wild Turkey Federation; North Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society; Teddy Roosevelt Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $282,539.
Matching Funds: $282,739.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Northern Great Plains.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 17-Badlands and Prairies.
The Big Oxbow project is located along the Missouri River just upstream from its confluence with the Yellowstone River, near the center of North America’s vast grasslands.  Within this landscape are habitats that have significant value to migratory birds and other fish and wildlife.  The Big Oxbow Wetland Acquisition Phase II builds on previous conservation efforts at the Missouri/Yellowstone rivers confluence.  The tract to be acquired is less than a mile from the confluence and maximizes the connection between wetland, riverine, floodplain, riparian, and grassland habitats essential for numerous wetland associated breeding and migrant birds and other fish and wildlife.  Breeding waterfowl such as mallards and Northern pintails, and breeding and migrating shorebirds use wetland habitat at Big Oxbow.  Big Oxbow tracts will be open to public access for hunting, fishing, and other compatible recreation opportunities.
Project: Missouri Coteau Habitat Conservation Project IX.
Location: 15 counties in central North Dakota.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Randy W. Renner, rrenner@ducks.org.
Partners: Private individual; Sport South; North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,078,976.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This is phase nine of an ongoing project designed to protect wetland and grassland communities using a landscape level approach to planning.  The Missouri Coteau Habitat Conservation Project encompasses 7.7 million acres in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region.  As part of this project phase, 7,407 acres of native grassland and 1,096 acres of wetland habitat will be secured by perpetual easements.  These wetland types are important migratory and breeding habitats for many waterfowl and wetland-dependent species.  Protecting native prairie surrounding these prairie wetland habitats will provide nesting habitat for waterfowl and other species, and minimize the influx of sediments, herbicides and pesticides into these wetlands.
Project: North Dakota Northern Prairie Project.
Location: 11 northwestern North Dakota counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Kevin Willis, kevin_willis@fws.gov.
Partners: North Dakota Game and Fish Department; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; North Dakota Natural Resources Trust; private individuals.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,070,880.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $150,409.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This project is the continuation of an ongoing initiative to protect, restore, and enhance wetland/grassland communities using a landscape level approach to planning.  Among the overall habitat objectives for the North Dakota Northern Prairie Project are to protect 2.8 million acres of wetlands and associated uplands; restore 831,100 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat; and enhance 4.3 million acres of wetland and associated upland habitat. The activities in this grant project will use the latest Geographic Information Systems information and technology to target and prioritize project sites toward the highest density wetland, waterfowl and occurrence areas in the project area.  This information has allowed managers to make informed decisions by identifying optimal locations for grassland easements and acquisitions, leases, grazing systems, wetland restoration and protection, and nesting structures.  Other indirect benefits of this project will be achieved through habitat improvement agreements with landowners.
OREGON
Project: Living Floodplains of NW Oregon and SW Washington, Phase II.
Location: Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 3.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Chuck Lodbell, clobdell@ducks.org.
Partners: Metro; Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Jackson Bottoms Wetland Preserve; Rombough Biological; Hillsboro Department of Parks and Recreation; private individuals; EZ Pest Management Services, Inc.; Oregon Waterfowl Festival Association; Strand Outdoors.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,012,086.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5-Northern Pacific Rainforest.
This project represents Ducks Unlimited’s ongoing commitment to wetland conservation in the Willamette Valley and Lower Columbia River eco-regions, with an emphasis on floodplain habitats. The project aims to permanently protect 109 acres, restore 308 acres (plus 68 permanently protected through acquisition) and enhance 345 acres of wetlands and associated uplands on six tracts.  Acquisition and restoration activities will benefit wintering, migration, roosting and loafing habitat for waterfowl such as canvasbacks, scaup, tundra swans and white-fronted geese, as well as great blue and green herons and other passerine bird species.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project: Winyah Bay Protection Project, Phase III.
Location: Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion and Williamsburg counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 6.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Maria Whitehead, mwhitehead@tnc.org.
Partners: Pee Dee Land Trust; Ducks Unlimited; Bunelle Foundation.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $12,305,078.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
This project represents the third of a planned four-phase effort to permanently protect palustrine and estuarine wetlands and associated uplands, including long-leaf pine woodlands, in the Winyah Bay system, which comprises the Waccamaw, Little Pee Dee, Great Pee Dee, Black and Sampit rivers.  Phase III will protect five tracts totaling 2,190 acres, including 1,313 wetland acres and 877 acres of associated uplands to benefit breeding, migrating, and wintering birds.  Grant funds will be used to acquire one tract in the Black River watershed, which is strategically located along 3.7 miles of the scenic Black River corridor and connects over 9,000 acres of privately protected land.  Waterfowl priority species that will benefit from this project include American black duck, mallard, American wigeon, northern pintail and wood duck.  The project will also support neotropical migratory birds during the breeding season and migration.
TEXAS
Project: Austin’s Woods IV.
Location: Brazoria, Matagorda, Wharton and Fort Bend counties.
Congressional District: 14 and 22.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Michael Lange, michael_lange@fws.gov.
Partners: Dow Chemical Company; Shintech Corporation; private individual; Houston Audubon Society.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,854,000.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $180,000.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
This project is part of the Austin’s Woods Conservation Plan, an effort to conserve this unique and internationally significant wetland forest ecosystem.  The project goal is to permanently protect, through fee title and conservation easements, bottomland hardwood forest tracts. Partners will conserve 1,113 acres of forested wetlands in the Columbia Bottomlands along the Texas Gulf Coast and acquire 400 acres at Eagle Nest Lake.  Wildlife that will benefit include waterfowl and waterbirds, and neotropical migrant songbirds that use the habitat for nesting, breeding, feeding, wintering, and during migration. Acquisition of the project tracts will provide public benefits in the form of compatible recreational uses, educational opportunities and research opportunities.
Project: Deadwater-Neches River NWR.
Location: Cherokee County.
Congressional District: 5.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Jim Neal, jim_neal@fws.gov.
Partners: T.L.L. Temple Foundation; The Conservation Fund; private landowner.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,255,000.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $101,847.
Joint Venture Region: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 25-West Gulf Coastal Plain/Ouachitas.
In 2006, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the Neches River National Wildlife Refuge to protect migratory birds and their bottomland hardwood forest habitats and provide compatible wildlife-dependent recreation.  The refuge boundary includes 25,281 acres of river bottom and upland pine/hardwood ecosystems, along with 38 miles of Neches River frontage.  The Conservation Fund has been working with landowners to begin purchasing land to add to the refuge.  This project will permanently protect one contiguous tract of 2,090 acres containing Deadwater Lake, Buzzard’s Slough, Twin Lakes and eight miles of Neches River frontage and associated bottomlands, preventing the further loss and degradation of critical wetland habitats, protecting landbird migration routes and stopover habitats threatened by land fragmentation and habitat destruction, and preventing the further loss of wintering waterfowl habitat in the Texas’ West Gulf Coastal Plain.
Project: Wetlands Restoration and Enhancement of Private and Public Lands, Texas Gulf Coast VIII.
Location: 28 counties in eastern Texas.
Congressional District: 2, 9, 14, 15, 18, 22, 25, 27, 28, and 29.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: M. Todd Merendino, tmerendino@ducks.org.
Partners: Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust; private landowners; BP America; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Futch Foundation.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $998,000.
Matching Funds: $1,496,609.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $100,000.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
This project continues the ongoing efforts of private landowners, a private foundation, state and federal agencies, and non-government organizations to form a partnership committed to the long-term support of wetlands conservation on the Texas Gulf Coast.  The project will restore, and enhance 3,025 acres of freshwater, palustrine emergent wetlands on private lands, providing semi-permanent and seasonal wetland habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and other wetland-dependent wildlife.  Project activities will result in breeding habitat for mottled ducks, black-bellied and fulvous whistling ducks, as well as wintering and migration habitat for 11 priority waterfowl species.
WISCONSIN
Project: Mukwonago-Fox River Watershed Initiative.
Location: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Walworth and Waukesha counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 5.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Russel Terry, rterry@ducks.org.
Partners: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Waukesha County Parks and Recreation; Waukesha Land Conservancy; Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Commission; Waukesha County Conservation Alliance.
Approved: September 2010.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $5,911,586.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23-Priarie Hardwood Transition.
The Mukwonago and Fox River watersheds encompass 678,000 acres adjacent to greater Milwaukee.  The area is experiencing rapid urban development and high land values, especially on developable lands near lakes and wetlands.  Project objectives are to protect and enhance critical wetland and riparian habitat and adjacent uplands within the Mukwonago and Fox River watersheds to ensure the long-term conservation of these ecosystems.  Conservation efforts will target critical breeding and migration habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, colonial waterbirds, and migratory songbirds.  The goal is to protect 1,631 acres, including 607 acres of wetlands, 1,024 acres of associated uplands, 5.8 miles of river frontage, and 1.7 miles of undeveloped lake shoreline.  The project also will enhance 2,522 acres of wetlands permanently protected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
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