A total of $18.5 million in funding was approved for the following 19 projects on September 12, 2012. Project partners are contributing $49.47 million in matching funds and $424,100 in nonmatching funds or other federal funds to affect 95,593 acres of habitat. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2013/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.

ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI
Project: Lower Mississippi Valley Wetlands.
Location: Clay, Crittenden, Desha, Monroe and Prairie counties, Ark.; Caldwell, Catahoula and Ouachita counties, La.; Warren County, Miss.
Congressional District: AR-1; LA-5; MS-2.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Craig Hilburn, chilburn@ducks.org.
Partners: Wetlands America Trust; Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries; Arkansas Game & Fish Commission; The Wetlands, LLC; Tunica – Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: 4,290,292.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26-Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
Grant and partner funds will help complete protection, restoration and enhancement activities on six sites in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, including restoration of emergent wetlands on Cache River National Wildlife Refuge, state-owned wildlife management areas and private lands.  Areas conserved through this project will provide foraging and roosting habitat for waterfowl species and will benefit other wetland-dependent migratory birds.
CALIFORNIA
Project: Butte and Colusa Basins Wetland IV.
Location: Butte, Colusa and Glenn counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Jeff McCreary, jmcreary@ducks.org.
Partners: Wildlife Conservation Board; Dept. of Conservation; Calif. Dept. of Fish & Game; Bird Haven Ranch, LLC; private individuals; Willow Creek Mutual Water Co.; Glenco Farms; Mark Ottenwelter Laser Leveling & Custom Farming; Calif. Bay Delta Authority; NAV Land Company, LLC.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $4,108,049.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
This project will restore or enhance wetlands, forested habitat and associated uplands in a region of continental importance to the major bird groups.  It includes tracts on three national wildlife refuges, one federal wildlife management area, three state wildlife areas and five private properties, which not only provide vital habitat for numerous special-status species, but also are important late winter and early spring foraging sites for waterfowl, shorebirds and other waterbirds.
Project: Fall River Valley – Big Valley Wetlands I Project.
Location: Shasta, Lassen and Modoc counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Jeff McCreary, jmcreary@ducks.org.
Partners: Calif. Natural Resources Agency; Fall River Ranch Partnership; Shasta Land Trust; Western Agricultural Services; Fall River Resource Conservation Dist.; Todd Sloat Biological Consulting, Inc.; private individuals; Sierra Nevada Conservancy; Calif. Dept. of Fish & Game.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,512,192.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 9-Great Basin.
This project represents a long-term comprehensive effort to conserve wetlands and wetland-dependent migratory bird populations within the Intermountain West JV’s Big Valley – Fall River Valley – Lower Pit River Wetland Focus Area.  The project focuses on permanent protection, restoration and enhancement of wetlands with high value to spring staging waterfowl and other wetland-associated birds in the region.  These same wetlands also support large populations of breeding waterfowl, waterbirds and shorebirds, and provide molting habitat for waterfowl.
Project: Northeastern California Wetlands Habitat Project, Phase II.
Location: Lassen, Modoc, Siskiyou and Shasta counties.
Congressional District: 2 and 4.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Chadd Santerre, chadd_santerre@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: Sierra Nevada Conservancy; Pacific Gas & Electric; Dow Ranch; Goose Valley Ranch; Soldier Mountain Farms; Parady Ranch; Richards Ranch.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,686,974.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 9-Great Basin.
The Southern Oregon and Northeastern California region is identified as an area of continental significance to Pacific Flyway ducks, geese and swans.  Activities carried out under this grant will restore and enhance wetlands, forested habitats and associated upland cover.  These projects will provide increased fall/spring staging, foraging and breeding resources to waterfowl on both public and private lands.
Project: San Joaquin Wetlands Conservation.
Location: Merced County.
Congressional District: 20.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Jeff McCreary, jmcreary@ducks.org.
Partners: Grissom Family Land & Cattle; Calif. Wildlife Conservation Board; Calif. Dept. of Fish & Game; Coast Cattle Co.; Grassland Water District; Mesquite Sportsman’s Club; South Dos Palos Land Co.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,503,468.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
This project represents Phase 1 of a planned multi-phase initiative to conserve wetlands and associated habitats in the San Joaquin Basin.  Seasonal wetland restoration will provide foraging and resting habitat, and enhanced seasonal wetlands will offer forage, fresh water, and cover for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds and waterbirds, including high priority species such as northern pintail, American wigeon, marbled godwit, long-billed curlew and least bittern.  Restored semi-permanent wetlands will add critical foraging, resting and breeding habitat.
IOWA
Project: Prairie Lakes 6 Wetland Initiative.
Location: 29 counties.
Congressional District: 1, 4, and 54.
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 & estates; Dickinson County Water Quality Commission; conservation boards of Story, Pocahontas and Winnebago counties; Pheasants Forever, Story County, Northern Prairie and Iowa State University chapters, and Iowa State Council; John S. Lowenberg Fund; Story County Conservation Partners; Whitetails Unlimited, Little Wall Chapter; Iowa Ornithologist’s Union; Camille and J. Edward Power Fund; Audubon Society, Big Bluestem Chapter; Iowa Native Plant Society; Iowa Prairie Network; Hertz Farm Management
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $3,442,255.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
Project partners will improve management of large prairie marshes to benefit migrating birds and provide better nesting and brood-rearing habitats.  The project area is an important part of a major migration corridor for lesser scaup and other waterbirds.  This project includes enhancement activities on two large marshes providing important spring migration wetland habitats.
MISSOURI
Project: Conservation in the Confluence III.
Location: Pike County.
Congressional District: 9.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Mark E. Flaspohler, mflaspohler@ducks.org
Partners: Private individual; Wetlands America Trust; Missouri Dept. of Conservation; Forest Keeling Nursery; Malinmor Hunt Club; Goose Pasture Farms; Bryant Creek Farm; Legends Farm; Pintail Farms LLC; Phat Mallard Farm; Mid River Wetland Restoration LLC; City of Clarksville; Greenway Network.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $5,211,300.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $300,000.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22-Eastern Tallgrass Prairie.
This is the third phase of a NAWCA project to secure and protect wetland habitat along the Mississippi River near the Confluence of the Missouri and Illinois rivers, an important migration stopover area.  Clarence Cannon NWR, on which activities will occur, provides habitat for over 200 species of migratory birds that use this region.  Duck populations exceed 100,000 during migration.
NEBRASKA
Project: North Platte River Wetlands.
Location: Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Garden and Keith counties.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: Platte River Basin Environments, Inc.
Contact: Hod Kosman, hkosman@pvbankne.com.
Partners: Neb. Environmental Trust; private individuals; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Pheasants Forever, Inc.; Triple K Ranch, Inc.; Neb. Game & Parks Commission; Oregon Trail Pheasants Forever; Oregon Trail Community Foundation; Playa Lakes JV.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,175,531.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Playa Lakes.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 18-Shortgrass Prairie.
The properties being acquired through this project contain wetlands that provide food and habitat for a wide variety of migratory birds and other wetland dependent species.
NEW MEXICO
Project: Rio Grande Corridor New Mexico, Phase I.
Location: Santa Fe, Sandoval, Socorro and Valencia counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2 and 3.
Grantees: New Mexico Wildlife Federation; USFWS.
Contact: Alan Hamilton, alan@nmwildlife.org
Partners: Bravo Farm; private individuals; Ducks Unlimited; Santo Domingo Pueblo; N.M. Dept. of Game & Fish; N.M. Environment Dept.; N.M. Riparian Council; National Wildlife Federation; Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust; Rio Grande Return; SB Foundation; Socorro Soil & Water Conservation Dist.; Thaw Charitable Foundation.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,093,607.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 35-Chihuahuan Desert.
The Rio Grande Corridor supports over 200,000 migrating, wintering and nesting waterfowl.  New Mexico Game and Fish will protect in perpetuity wetlands, forested wetlands and upland buffer, and partners will restore and enhance emergent and forested wetlands.  The project area is important wintering habitat for the central flyway population of northern pintail.  Lesser snow geese, Ross’ geese and greater sandhill cranes also winter and migrate through these habitats.
NEW YORK
Project: New York’s Great Swamp Corridor: Phase II.
Location: Dutchess and Putnam counties.
Congressional District: 19.
Grantee: Friends of the Great Swamp.
Contact: James M. Utter, jmutter98@aol.com.
Partners: N.Y. State Dept. of Environmental Conservation; Towns of Dover and Patterson; Dutchess Land Conservancy; Oblong Land Conservancy; Putnam County Land Trust; Chippawalla Properties; Ten Mile River Farm; private individual; Bedford Audubon Society; Ralph T. Waterman Bird Club; Pawling Fish and Game Inc.; Trout Unlimited – Mid Hudson and Croton Watershed chapters; Patterson Sportsman Club.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $999,649.
Matching Funds: $2,720,405.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coasts.
The Great Swamp, New York’s third largest wetland complex, is an important migratory bird corridor.  This project will protect forest habitat, marsh and wetlands, as well as a glacial lake and river, and adjacent upland habitat.  These habitats support breeding populations of mallard and wood duck, and serve as stopover habitat for several thousand migrating waterfowl, including American black duck, Canada goose and ring-necked duck.
NORTH DAKOTA
Project: Missouri Coteau Habitat Conservation Project XI.
Location: 15 counties in central North Dakota.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Randy W. Renner, rrenner@ducks.org.
Partners: Pennington Foundation; private individual; N.D. Natural Resources Trust.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,081,332.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This is phase 11 of an ongoing project designed to protect wetland and grassland communities using a landscape-level approach.  The wetlands that will be affected are critically important migratory and breeding habitats for many waterfowl and wetland-dependent species.  Protecting native prairie surrounding these wetland habitats will provide nesting habitat for waterfowl and other species, and will minimize the influx of sediments, herbicides and pesticides.
Project: North Dakota Great Plains Project VII.
Location: 15 counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Scott Collins, scott_collins@fws.gov.
Partners: N.D. Game & Fish Dept.; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; N.D. Natural Resources Trust; Northern Great Plains JV; private individuals.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $740,866.
Matching Funds: $742,693.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $94,100.
Joint Venture Region: Northern Great Plains.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 17-Badlands and Prairies.
The North Dakota Great Plains Project-VII is part of a multi-year effort to acquire perpetual conservation easements and establish wetlands.  The conservation/grassland easements to be acquired will help ensure long-term protection of prairie-wetland complexes necessary to maintain waterfowl and wetland-associated migratory bird populations, and will help build cooperation among farmers, ranchers and conservation interests in the Northern Great Plains JV.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project: Santee Delta and Winyah Bay Wetlands Protection Project II.
Location: 14 South Carolina counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 6.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Marcia Whitehead, mwhitehead@tnc.org.
Partners: Charleston County Greenbelt; Pee Dee Land Trust; Duke Energy.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $4,140,185.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
This project is the second of a three-phase effort to permanently protect strategic tracts, including forested wetlands, tidal freshwater marsh, salt marsh and associated uplands.  Phase II will protect wetlands and associated uplands to benefit breeding, migrating and wintering birds such as American black duck, mottled duck, mallard and wood duck. The project area will also support neotropical migratory birds during breeding and migration.
Project: South Carolina Lowcountry Wetlands Initiative III.
Location: Berkeley, Colleton County, Georgetown, Hampton and Jasper counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2 and 6.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Craig LeSchack, cleschack@ducks.org
Partners: S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources; Wetlands America Trust.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $3,938,215.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
This project builds on the success of previous NAWCA-funded efforts to support the goals and objectives of the Atlantic Coast JV through strategic wetlands protection, restoration and enhancement.  The long-term strategy 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: Harvey Dunn Grassland Preservation Project V.
Location: 44 counties in eastern South Dakota.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Northern Prairies Land Trust.
Contact: John H. Davidson, info@northernpariries.org.
Partners: Paul and Carolyn Errington Estate; S.D. Game Fish & Parks; private individuals; Kay Amert Memorial Fund; S.D. Art Museum.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,141,111.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
The 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 other wetland-dependent wildlife, as well as grassland songbirds and other grassland-dependent wildlife. Valuable breeding, migration and, for some resident species, wintering habitat will be protected.
TEXAS
Project: Coastal Prairie Wetlands Preservation Project.
Location: 10 counties.
Congressional District: 2, 10, 14, 22 and 25.
Grantee: Katy Prairie Conservancy.
Contact: Mary Anne Piacentini, Maryanne@katyprairie.org.
Partners: Waller Land and Cattle Co.; Texas R.I.C.E. ; private individuals; Tomlinson Farming Co.; Alamo Beach LP; Duck Club on Oyster Bay; Jones & Moor.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $3,514,950.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
This project represents the continuation of a regional effort to protect and improve inland coastal prairie and agricultural wetlands on the Katy Prairie, 30 miles northwest of Houston.  Conservation activities will provide breeding habitat for high-priority mottled ducks and migration and wintering habitat for waterfowl species such as northern pintail, mottled duck, mallard and lesser scaup.
Project: Texas Gulf Coast X.
Location: 29 counties in Texas.
Congressional District: 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 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 R.I.C.E.; Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.; Futch Foundation; Tomlinson Farming Co.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $996,110.
Matching Funds: $1,500,921.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
Project activities will provide breeding habitat for mottled ducks, black-bellied and fulvous whistling ducks, and wintering and migration habitat for other priority waterfowl species, priority waterbird and landbird species, and many other wetland-associated species. The project will enhance other wetland values by improving water quality and increasing natural flood storage and soil conservation.
Project: Texas Mid-Coast Wetlands Project.
Location: Brazoria, Matagorda and Wharton counties.
Congressional District: 14.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: M. Todd Merendino, tmerendino@ducks.org.
Partners: Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust; Houston Endowment; The Meadows Foundation; Texas R.I.C.E.; Hall’s Bayou Ranch.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $734,670.
Matching Funds: $1,474,000.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $30,000.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
Emergent wetlands and coastal marshes of the Texas Gulf Coast provide migration and wintering habitat for millions of migratory birds.  Project activities will improve breeding, migration and/or wintering habitat for species such as mottled ducks, lesser scaup, redhead and gadwall, as well as long-billed curlew, American oystercatcher and other waterbirds.
VIRGINIA
Project: Dragon Run.
Location: Essex, King & Queen, Middlesex and Gloucester counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Andrew D. Lacatell, alacatell@tnc.org.
Partners: The Seeley Foundation; NKC Properties, LLC; Friends of Dragon Run, Inc.
Approved: September 2012.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,140,000.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coasts.
This project is the first phase of a planned multi-year effort to protect bottomland hardwood swamps and forests and adjacent upland forested habitat to benefit waterfowl and other wetland-associated bird species and wildlife.  The project area represents the largest relatively unfragmented forest and swamp community in the lower Chesapeake Bay.  Project area wetlands provide breeding, stopover and overwintering habitat for waterfowl species and migratory songbirds.  This project will conserve habitat for species such as American black duck and mallard, and prothonotary and Kentucky warblers.
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