A total of $20.7 million in funding was approved for the following 21 projects on September 14, 2011. Project partners are contributing $51.7 million in matching funds to affect 100,240 acres of habitat and $5.2 million in nonmatching funds. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2012/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: North Sacramento Valley Wetland Habitat Project, Phase V.
Location: Butte, Colusa, Glenn and Sutter counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Chadd Santerre, chadd_santerre@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: Chadd Santerre, chadd_santerre@calwaterfowl.org. (LINK TO E-MAIL) Partners: Wildlife Conservation Board; California Department of Fish and Game; Angel Ranch; Cherokee Farms; Closed Zone Farms; Field and Tule; Flyway Gun Club; Greenhead; Lucky 10; Mom’s Farm; Tule Patch; Upper Valley Ranch; West Tree Lake; Whistling Wings Duck Club; Willow Slough
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,744,403.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
This project will help re-establish NAWCA priority habitats and increase resources for priority species.  The partners have developed strategies to create new habitats and improve existing ones by expanding and enhancing habitat diversity, increasing water supplies and creating infrastructure that will allow intensified habitat management.  All of these benefits will develop high quality habitats for migrating, wintering and breeding waterbirds.  Partners will perpetually protect and restore palustrine emergent habitat and associated uplands, and enhance palustrine emergent and palustrine forested habitat and associated uplands.
Project: Northern Tulare/San Joaquin Basins IV.
Location: Fresno and Merced counties.
Congressional District: 18 and 20.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Jeff McCreary, jmcreary@ducks.org.
Partners: California Wildlife Conservation Board; California Department of Fish and Game; Grassland Water District; Riverfield Duck Club.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,245,207.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
This project represents Phase 4 of a multi-phase initiative to conserve wetlands and associated habitats in the northern Tulare and San Joaquin Basins of California’s Central Valley.  Partners will restore and enhance wetlands and associated habitats in the San Joaquin Basin, specifically within the 175,000-acre Grasslands Ecological Area, the largest remaining freshwater contiguous wetland complex in California that annually supports millions of wetland-dependent birds.  Habitat restoration and enhancement, 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 for species such as northern pintail, mallards, northern shoveler, green-winged teal, American wigeon and cinnamon teal.  Shorebirds, waterbirds and songbirds will also benefit.
IOWA
Project: Cedar-Wapsi Valley Wetlands II.
Location: 16 Iowa counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Grantee: Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Todd Bishop, (515) 281-7127, todd.bishop@dnr.state.ia.us.
Partners: Eight county conservation boards; Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; Ted R. Fariss Estate; Pheasants Forever, Iowa State Council; Young Family Foundation; private individuals; Pheasants Forever, Build a Wildlife Area; 11 Pheasants Forever county and regional chapters; Whitetails Unlimited, Wapsi Bottoms and Cedar Valley chapters; Diamond Joe Casino (Peninsula Gaming); Waterfowl USA, Mississippi Valley Chapter; Floyd County Izaak Walton League; Nashua Fish and Game Club; Buchanan County Wildlife Association; National Wild Turkey Federation.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,946,379.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22-Eastern Tallgrass Prairie.
This project focuses on wetland protection and restoration through public land acquisition within the floodplains of the Cedar and Wapsipinicon rivers in northeastern Iowa.  These rivers are considered to be among the best remaining examples of major interior rivers in the Upper Mississippi River Basin.  The project area is an important part of a migration corridor for waterfowl, including lesser scaup, and other wetland-dependent migratory birds moving between the Central Mississippi River and the Prairie Pothole Region.
MAINE
Project: Heads of the Estuaries Partnership, Maine: Habitat Protection: Phase II.
Location: Washington and Hancock counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Stewart Fefer, stewart_fefer@fws.gov.
Partners: Delta Waterfowl; Downeast Coastal Conservancy; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Frenchman Bay Conservancy; Maine Coast Heritage Trust; Pleasant River Wildlife Foundation; The Nature Conservancy; private landowners.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,026,250.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14-Atlantic Northern Forest.
The Heads of the Estuaries Partnership, a consortium of government agencies, regional conservation organizations and local land trusts, is engaged in a five-year campaign to protect 25 miles of coastline, 5,000 acres of coastal uplands and 2,500 acres of coastal wetlands along the tidal embayments stretching from the Corea Peninsula to Machias Bay in coastal Downeast Maine – a region of concentrated, high-value wetland habitat for waterfowl and shorebirds.  This project will permanently protect 11 parcels totaling 1,217 acres.  Surveys indicate that the wetlands targeted for permanent protection provide habitat for waterfowl, and the project region provides roosting and feeding areas for tens of thousands of migrating shorebirds of at least 36 species.
MICHIGAN
Project: Western Michigan Coastal Habitat Project.
Location: 12 western Michigan counties.
Congressional District: 2, 3, 4, and 6.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Russel Terry, rterry@ducks.org.
Partners: Land Conservancy of West Michigan; Muskegon Conservation District; Ottawa County Parks; City of Whitehall; Occidental Chemical Corporation; Conservation Resource Alliance; private individuals.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,475,030.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $238,500.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR:  23-Prairie Hardwood Transition.
The objectives of this project are to protect and restore critical wetland and adjacent upland habitats, ensuring long-term conservation of these ecosystems.  Efforts will target critical breeding and migration habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, colonial waterbirds, and migratory landbirds.  The goal is to protect 1,687 acres, including 884 acres of wetlands and 803 acres of associated uplands.  The project also will restore 300 acres of wetlands and 100 acres of associated warm season grasslands.  Protecting and restoring these lands will provide breeding and migratory habitat for waterfowl species such as mallard, American black duck, northern pintail, blue-winged teal, lesser and greater scaup, and trumpeter swan; and foraging, nesting, and migratory stop-over habitat for shorebirds, waterbirds, and upland birds such as American bittern, least bittern, black-crowned night heron, northern harrier, American woodcock, Acadian flycatcher, marsh wren, sandhill crane, and pied-billed grebe.
MISSOURI
Project: Mingo Basin Partnership II.
Location: Bollinger, Butler, Stoddard, Wayne, Pike, Lincoln and St. Charles counties.
Congressional District: 2, 8 and 9.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Scott W. Manley, smanley@ducks.org.
Partners: Wetlands America Trust; Missouri Department of Conservation; Audubon Society of Missouri; Mingo Friends Group; Conservation Federation of Missouri; Conservation Employees Credit Union; Missouri Conservation Pioneers; Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative; Mississippi Valley Duck Hunters; United Country Realty.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $3,776,465.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $224,000.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22-Eastern Tallgrass Prairie.
The Mingo Basin, located approximately 150 miles south of the Confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois rivers, is a major migration and wintering area for migratory birds from the Mississippi and Central flyways.  Mingo National Wildlife Refuge comprises the majority of the basin.  This project includes replacing a major water control and an undersized spillway structure on Mingo NWR with one large structure at the proper elevation and with increased capacity.  The result is expected to be a greater forage base for diverse wetland-dependent wildlife species..
MONTANA
Project: Centennial Valley Restoration and Protection Project III.
Location: Beaverhead County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Randy Gazda, randy_gazda@fws.gov.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy; Elisabeth Grazing; University of Montana-Western; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Ecology Project International; Smith Logging.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,142,664.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $978,000.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 10-Northern Rockies.
This project dovetails habitat protection and restoration.  Objectives are to purchase a conservation easement on Long Creek, the site of a recent discovery of an Arctic grayling population; purchase the 220-acre second phase of the Elisabeth Grazing property to be added to the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge; and restore 40 acres of palustrine scrub-shrub wetlands and uplands, and 45 acres of willow/aspen habitat through timber management.  The project will permanently protect 6,130 acres and restore 85 acres of wetland and associated uplands, benefitting waterfowl species such as northern pintail, mallard, and lesser scaup, as well as trumpeter swan, peregrine falcon, and ferruginous hawk.
Project: Montana Hi-Line Prairie Wetland Project III.
Location: Sheridan, Roosevelt, Daniels, Valley, Phillips, Blaine, Hill, Liberty and Toole counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Jim Stutzman, jim_stutzman@fws.gov.
Partners: Ducks Unlimited; Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; The Nature Conservancy; Cornwell Ranch.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,530,561.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $359,125.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholess.
The nine-county Montana Hi-Line Prairie Wetland Project III continues 25 years of conservation efforts in north-central and northeast Montana by partners working with area ranchers and farmers.  This project will protect some of the most productive wetland and associated grassland habitat within the Hi-Line through acquisition of perpetual conservation easements; increase shallow palustrine and oxbow wetlands by restoring and creating wetland complexes on private and public lands; restore wetland-associated uplands to grass cover; enhance existing grassland and wetland habitat, primarily by developing rotational grazing systems; and enhance piping plover nesting beaches.  These conservation actions will benefit waterfowl, shorebirds, other wetland-associated birds, and threatened and endangered species.
NORTH CAROLINA
Project: Carteret County, NC Coastal Initiative Phase II.
Location: Carteret County.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.
Contact: Janice L. Allen, janice@coastallandtrust.org.
Partners: NC Clean Water Management Trust; private landowner.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,618,400.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $637,500.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeastern Coastal Plain.
Through this project, partners will continue efforts to acquire a diverse mix of declining wetland community types, including estuarine marsh, bottomland hardwoods and pocosin habitat, and important upland communities, such as longleaf pine and maritime forest, in coastal Carteret County.  This initiative complements the efforts of a larger partnership, the Onslow Bight Conservation Forum, to coordinate land conservation efforts in the nine-county Onslow Bight Region in coastal North Carolina, which includes Carteret County.  Among the many bird species known or likely to occur on the project tracts are red-cockaded woodpecker, black rail, Bachman’s sparrow, American black duck, Northern pintail and mallard.
NORTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA
Project: Albemarle/Chowan Wetland Conservation Initiative.
Location: Isle of Wight, Southampton and Sussex counties and the City of Suffolk, Virginia; Northampton County, North Carolina.
Congressional District: VA 4 and NC 1.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Brian van Eerden, bvaneerden@tnc.org.
Partners: Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation; Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; North Carolina Coastal Land Trust; Altria Corporation; private individuals.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $999,649.
Matching Funds: $2,077,305.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $500,000.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeastern Coastal Plain.
This project represents the first phase of a planned multi-year effort to protect key forested wetlands and associated uplands in the Chowan River Basin, one of the main tributaries to Albemarle Sound.  The 3.2-million acre project area is located in the Inner Coastal Plain and Piedmont provinces of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.  The primary goal is to protect properties of exceptional natural resource value to benefit bird and complement conservation efforts in the Albemarle Sound region.  The first phase involves protecting 1,480 acres of wetlands and 1,265 acres of adjacent uplands on 7 tracts.  This project will conserve habitat for waterfowl such as the American black duck and mallard and other wetland dependent bird species, including yellow-crowned night heron, anhinga, and Mississippi kite.
NORTH DAKOTA
Project: Chase Lake Area Wetland Project X.
Location: McLean, Sheridan, Wells, Foster, Burleigh, Kidder, Stutsman, Logan, LaMoure, McIntosh and Dickey 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 landowners.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,055,845.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $125,550.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
The Chase Lake Prairie Project area encompasses more than 6.6 million acres in the Missouri Coteau region in central North Dakota.  This landscape contains numerous productive and diverse wetland communities.  These intricately linked wetlands and surrounding grasslands provide nesting, brood rearing, loafing and foraging habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, and passerines.  This project is phase 10 of an ongoing effort to protect, restore, and enhance wetland/grassland communities using a landscape-level approach to planning.  Protection of wetland and associated uplands associated will provide essential nesting habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-associated species, and minimize the influx of sediments and pesticides into these wetland basins.
Project: Missouri Coteau Habitat Conservation Project X.
Location: 15 counties in central North Dakota.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Randy W. Renner, rrenner@ducks.org.
Partners: National Shooting Sports Foundation; private individual; North Dakota Natural Resources Trust.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,005,764.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $58,425.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This is phase ten 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.  Its wetland habitats and surrounding uplands provide nesting, brood rearing, loafing and foraging habitats for wetland-dependent waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, gulls and passerines.  The activities in this grant project will use Geographic Information Systems technology to target and prioritize project sites towards the highest density wetland and waterfowl areas.
OHIO
Project: Northeastern Ohio Wetlands Project.
Location: Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Portage and Trumbull counties.
Congressional District: 14 and 17.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Russel Terry, rterry@ducks.org.
Partners: Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Geauga Park District; Portage Park District; Trumbull County MetroParks; Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,698,119.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $50,000.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 13-Lower Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Plain.
This project addresses a critical need to conserve wetland habit in northeastern Ohio.  Situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie, this area provides critical migration stopover and breeding habitat to an array of waterfowl and migratory birds.  The primary goal of the project is to permanently protect emergent, forested, and scrub-shrub wetlands, riparian areas, and associated uplands on targeted tracts to benefit waterfowl and other migratory birds in areas vulnerable to urbanization.  The secondary goal is to restore wetland habitats on private lands to provide connections among permanently protected areas.  The project areas provide nesting, brood rearing, migration stopover, and wintering habitat for a number of waterfowl species, wetland-dependent species, and landbirds, such as American black ducks, wood ducks, American and least bitterns, and king rails and Virginia rails.
OREGON
Project: Lake County Closed Basin NAWCA Project – Phase 4.
Lake County Location: Columbia, Multnomah and Washington counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Michael Shannon, Mshannon@ducks.org.
Partners: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife; Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; Lakeview and Fort Rock soil and water conservation districts; Lake County Watershed Council; Summer Lake and Silver Lake irrigation districts; Holiday Ranch; Taylor Ranch; Maxwell Cattle Company; Mule Deer Foundation; Lake County Resources Initiative; Lakeview School District.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,123,520.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $16,000.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 9-Great Basin.
This project represents the fourth phase in a long-term effort to conserve critical habitat for wetland-dependent migratory birds in the Closed Basin Focus Area, part of an important landscape for migrating waterbirds in North America.  The project will focus on restoring shallow, seasonal wetland habitat on private lands, restoring approximately 2,405 acres of seasonally flooded wetlands and irrigated meadows on nine tracts by improving water management and delivery systems.  This habitat has been shown to be important to northern pintails, Tule white-fronted geese, Wrangel Island snow geese, greater sandhill cranes, white-faced ibis, long-billed curlews, Virginia rails and northern harriers.  An additional 1,000 acres of semi-permanent wetlands will be restored or enhanced, providing habitat for migrants and breeding birds.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project: ACE Basin: Edisto River Corridor Phase VI.
Location: Dorchester, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Orangeburg counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 6.
Grantee: National Audubon Society.
Contact: Norman L. Brunswig, nbrunswig@audubon.org.
Partners: Lowcountry Open Land Trust; Charleston County Greenbelt Program; private landowner; The Nature Conservancy; South Carolina Conservation Bank.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $7,876,344.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $31,644.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
The purpose of the ACE Basin: Edisto River Corridor initiative is to create a largest forested wetland preserve at the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at the Francis Beidler Forest in Four Holes Swamp, and to add to protected lands within the riparian and coastal zone of the Edisto River and ACE Basin.  The forest’s wetland habitats support more than 140 species, including 38 species of breeding neotropical migrants.  This project will protect 13 tracts that include stream and river corridor, forested wetlands, salt marsh, brackish pond and upland habitat.  Species that will benefit include American black duck, mallard, wood duck, swallow-tailed kite, Swainson’s warbler, wood stork, and other wading bird species, as well as painted bunting, prairie warbler, common ground-dove, and northern parula.  The project expands Beidler Forest to 16,855 acres, enhancing public use for birding, canoeing, hunting, hiking and environmental education.
Project: Santee Delta and Winyah Bay Wetlands Protection Project.
Location: 14 South Carolina counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 6.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Marcia Whitehead, mwhitehead@tnc.org.
Partners: Pee Dee Land Trust; Charleston County Greenbelt; private individuals.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,102,600.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
This project represents the first of a three-phase effort to permanently protect strategic tracts in the Santee Delta and Winyah Bay region of northern coastal South Carolina.  Phase I will protect five tracts totaling 3,730 acres, including 2,951 wetland acres and 780 acres of associated uplands, to benefit breeding, migrating, and wintering birds.  Waterfowl species that will benefit from this project include American black duck, mottled duck, mallard, American wigeon and wood duck.  The project area will also support neotropical migratory birds during the breeding season and migration, including the swallow-tailed kite, prothonotary warbler, black-throated green warbler, Swainson’s warbler and wood thrush.
Project: South Carolina Lowcountry Wetlands Initiative II.
Location: Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Georgetown and Hampton counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2, and 6.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Craig Leschack, cleschack@ducks.org.
Partners: Wetlands America Trust; The Nature Conservancy; Santee Cooper; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; Nemours Wildlife Foundation; Hasty Point Plantation.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $5,580,822.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $521,000.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
The South Carolina Lowcountry Initiative, covering 3 million acres across 14 coastal counties, seeks to protect, enhance and restore important wetlands and uplands in six focus areas.  This project builds on the successes of the first phase by continuing to leverage financial contributions, expertise and management skills of eight partners.  The six enhancement projects and four acquisition projects in this grant will permanently protect 2,251 acres of important wetland and associated upland habitats on private land through conservation easements, and enhance 2,844 acres of managed wetlands.  The long-term strategy of this effort is to build on the network of public and private conservation lands within key watersheds that provide critical wetland and upland habitat for waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds, landbirds and other wetland-dependent wildlife and plants.
SOUTH DAKOTA
Project: Prairies Without Borders III.
Location: Roberts, Grant and Deuel counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Northern Prairies Land Trust.
Contact: John H. Davidson, info@northernpariries.org.
Partners: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks; The Nature Conservancy; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,001,290.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
The goal of Prairies Without Borders is to use multiple NAWCA grants to protect 26,000 acres of wetlands and grasslands in the eastern areas of the Prairie Pothole Region.  The long-term benefits of these actions are primarily accomplished through perpetual conservation easements and the promotion of sustainable grassland ranching.  The 3,217 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, and grassland songbirds and other grassland-dependent wildlife species.
Project: Tony Dean’s Acres.
Location: 44 counties in eastern South Dakota.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks; The Nature Conservancy; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,179,175.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
The Tony Dean’s Acres project is designed to protect 400 acres of important wetland and grassland communities using advanced scientific planning to focus conservation efforts on habitats providing significant benefits to migratory birds.  The project recognizes the lasting impact on conservation of the late Tony Dean, a professional outdoor communicator, conservationist and sportsman.  Project lands will be acquired in some of the highest density wetland and waterfowl breeding areas in the Prairie Pothole Region.  The 1,561 acres of habitat preserved by the project provide breeding and migratory habitat for waterfowl.  Other grassland/wetland dependent and resident wildlife species will also benefit.
TEXAS
Project: Wetlands Restoration and Enhancement of Private and Public Lands, Texas Gulf Coast IX.
Location: 29 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; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; Futch Foundation.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $996,912.
Matching Funds: $1,496,720.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $180,000.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
This project continues 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.  Partners will restore and enhance 8,621 acres of wetland and upland habitat on public and private lands, helping to compensate for the region’s continued loss of fresh/intermediate marsh, wet prairie habitat, and riparian habitat.  The project will provide semi-permanent and seasonal wetland habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and other wetland-dependent wildlife, including mottled ducks, black-bellied and fulvous whistling ducks.  Project activities will enhance other wetland values by improving water quality and increasing natural flood storage and soil conservation.
WASHINGTON
Project: Channeled Scablands Focus Area, Phase 3.
Location: Spokane, Pend Oreille and Lincoln counties.
Congressional District:5.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Chris Bonsignore, cbonsignore@ducks.org.
Partners: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Washington Department of Ecology; The Lands Council; Inland Northwest Wildlife Council; Friends of Turnbull NWR; Audubon Society of Spokane; Lincoln County Conservation District; Avista Corp.; R.E.I.; Mountain Gear; private individuals; Discovery School.
Approved: September 2011.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $4,095,328.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $1,315,334.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 9-Great Basin and 10-Northern Rockies.
This project will improve nesting, brood rearing and migration habitat for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds and neotropical birds on over 2,000 acres.  It represents an on-going effort by conservation and government organizations and private landowners to acquire, restore, and enhance critical riparian and wetland habitats in the Channeled Scablands area of eastern Washington.  Project activities will include filling drainage ditches; installing water control structures; restoring native vegetation by removing undesirables and reseeding with natives; planting trees and shrubs; and excluding or regulating livestock use.  High priority waterfowl use the project area for breeding and migration, including mallards, northern pintail, and lesser scaup.
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