A total of $17.2 million in funding was approved for the following 18 projects in March 2013. Project partners are contributing $45 million in matching funds to affect 148,140 acres of habitat. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2013/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.

CALIFORNIA
Project: Southern San Joaquin Valley Wetland Habitat Project, Phase II.
Location: Fresno and Kern counties.
Congressional District: 20 and 21.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Chadd Santerre, chadd_santerre@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: Auhree Lands; Burbank Land Company, Inc.; California Department of Fish and Game; El Cinco/Los Alamos Duck Clubs; Robins Roost Duck Clib; San Joaquin River Conservancy; Widgeon Land Company; Wildlife Conservation Board.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,819,191.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
This project focuses on one of the most important wintering areas for waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway. It is estimated that 60% of the flyway’s waterfowl population (excluding sea ducks), which represents about 20% of the continental waterfowl population, either winters or migrates through the Central Valley of California. Threats to the wetlands within the project boundary and most of California include watershed encroachment, increased agriculture, invasive plants, increasing lack of water, and a lack of long term protection and management of wetland habitats. This project will restore 447 acres and enhance 2,569 acres of wetland and nearby upland habitats, resulting in the highest possible production of seed plants to ensure the long-term viability of these habitats.
COLORADO
Project: San Luis Valley Rio Grande Initiative IV.
Location: Mineral, Rio Grande, Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla counties.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Nancy Butler, nancyb@riograndelandtrust.org.org.
Partners: Colorado Water Conservation Board; Doug Davie; Evelyn Buss; Reyes Garcia; Great Outdoors Colorado; Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife; Wagon Wheel Associates; Leavell Family Partnership; Gates Family Foundation; San Luis Valley Habitat Partnership Program; Moore Charitable Foundation; Kay Collins; Mineral County; Rio Grande Water Conservation District; Shining Mountain Land Services.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $3,478,100.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 16-Southern Rockies/Colorado Plateau.
This project is the fourth phase in an on-going, community-based effort to protect and enhance the exceptional wetland habitat along the Rio Grande and its tributaries in the San Luis Valley, an 8,000-square-mile basin with a high concentration of wetlands along its watercourses and dotting the broad valley floor. In such a dry region, wetlands are disproportionately important for wildlife. They provide critical migration habitat for tens of thousands of wetland dependent birds moving between breeding and wintering areas, as well as key breeding habitat for waterfowl and wetland birds. This project will protect and enhance 1,400 wetland acres, along with 1,269 acres of complementary upland habitat, benefiting a wide variety and large numbers of waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, and landbirds
DELAWARE
Project: Delaware Bayshore Land Conservation Initiative – Phase I.
Location: Kent County.
Congressional District: At Large.
Grantee: Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Contact: Karen A. Bennett, karen.bennett@state.de.us.
Partners: Delaware Open Space; Delaware Chapter of The Nature Conservancy; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Delaware Wild Lands; Delmarva Ornithological Society; DuPont; Town of Bowers Beach; Delaware Greenways; Kent County Conservancy.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,185,000.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coasts.
This project will permanently protect 809 acres in the Delaware Bayshore Focus Area, filling a gap in an otherwise contiguous network of 4,064 acres of protected wetlands and uplands in the St. Jones River watershed. More than 500,000 shorebirds stop over this area during spring migration. Coastal salt marsh habitats along the Delaware Bayshore provide important foraging and resting habitats for breeding, migrating, and wintering waterfowl, especially priority species such as American Black Duck, Mallard, and American Wigeon. High salt marsh habitats, adjacent beaches, intertidal mudflats, marshes, forested wetland, and upland forest provide habitat for Saltmarsh and Seaside Sparrows, Black Rail, Red Knot, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, American Woodcock, Wood Duck, Atlantic Canada Goose, Mallard and hundreds of thousands of neotropical migratory songbirds
GEORGIA
Project: Boyles Island.
Location: Wayne County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Greg Balkcom, greg.balkcom@dnr.state.ga.us.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $900,000.
Matching Funds: $1,804,067.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
The Altamaha River Basin is the second largest watershed on the eastern seaboard, home to over 100 rare plants and animals, and recognized as a Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network site and an Important Bird Area. This project will protect 2,134 acres of large river floodplain forested wetlands in the basin to benefit breeding, migrating, and wintering birds. The project will benefit priority species of waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and landbirds including American Black Duck, Mallard, Wood Duck, Little Blue Heron, Wood Stork, Swallow-tailed Kite, Swainson’s Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, and Rusty Blackbird.
LOUISIANA
Project: Gum Cove.
Location: Cameron.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Bob Dew, bdew@ducks.org
Partners: Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation; Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,155,025.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
This project will conserve 8,023 acres of coastal wetlands habitat on private lands in coastal Louisiana. A strong and diverse group of partners will restore open water and marsh habitats to allow native vegetation to reestablish and provide erosion protection. The area supports high priority waterfowl species and over 40 species of migratory birds that breed, winter or migrate through the Gulf Coast. The project will also benefit fish and wildlife species that comprise the basis for commercial hunting operations, or commercial and recreational fisheries. At least three federally or state listed species will benefit from this restoration effort, including interior least tern, piping plover, and peregrine falcon.
Project: Liner’s Canal.
Location: Cameron, Calcasieu, Vermillion, Iberia, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Orleans, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. Charles the Baptist, Tangipahoa, and Assumption counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2, 3, 7.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Bob Dew, bdew@ducks.org
Partners: Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Moore-Odom Wildlife Foundation.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $997,506.
Matching Funds: $2,058,910.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
Coastal wetlands store storm surge from major tropical storms, filter nutrients from runoff, and support and protect nationally significant infrastructure for the oil and gas industry in Louisiana. This project will restore 3,787 acres on the St. Louis Canal, and provide water level and salinity management on 6,000 acres of private lands through the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, which assists private landowners wanting to improve their property for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. The project will restore 462 acres of freshwater marsh and increase water flow through Liner’s Canal by 300%. In total, 10,249 acres will be restored on private lands.
MINNESOTA
Project: Southwest Wetland Initiative of Minnesota (SWIM).
Location: Big Stone, Blue Earth, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Lincoln, Redwood, and Renville counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 7.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Jessica Birken, jbirken@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Cottonwood County Game and Fish League; Pietz Family Farms; Voosen Family; Bank Beer Company.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $7,144,000.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
Prairie and wetlands are the two most highly altered habitats in Minnesota and elsewhere throughout the Prairie Pothole Region. This project is the first in a multi-year initiative to accelerate the permanent protection of prairie wetland complexes under threat from agriculture, gravel mining, and other activities. The project will protect 1,633 acres, restore 497 acres, and enhance 1,699 acres in sites important not only for waterfowl production, but as migratory habitats for grassland birds, waterfowl, and other wetland-dependent species including Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, American Widgeon, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Marbled Godwit, Bobolink, and Grasshopper Sparrow.
MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA
Project: Glaciated Wetlands and Prairies of ND and MN - III.
Location: 48 counties in the Glaciated Plains Ecoregion of North Dakota and Minnesota.
Congressional District: ND 1; MN 7.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Randy Renner, rrenner@ducks.org.
Partners: James Kennedy; Steve Roberts; Turner Foundation.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,026,892.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $52,200.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
Ten thousand years ago the Wisconsin glacier retreated from the Northern Great Plains and left behind a very unique landscape containing some of the most numerous, productive and diverse wetland communities in the world, the Prairie Pothole Region. This is phase three of a project designed to protect critical wetland and grassland habitat for migratory birds in the region, using a landscape approach. Partners will use the latest technology to target and prioritize conservation of the highest density wetland, waterfowl, and waterfowl occurrence areas. Protection of 5,590 acres of native prairie surrounding these critically important prairie wetland habitats will provide essential nesting habitat for waterfowl and other species, but will also minimize the influx of sediments, herbicides and pesticides into these wetlands.
MISSISSIPPI
Project: Indianola WMA Wetland Habitat Enhancements.
Location: Sharkey, Sunflower, Grenada, and Issaquena counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Contact: Houston Havens, houstonh@mswfp.state.ms.us.
Partners: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Ernest Thomas; Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks; Wetlands America Trust, Inc.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $999,504.
Matching Funds: $3,719,159.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26-Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley provides valuable habitat for millions of migratory birds and other wetland-dependent species. However, it has lost a substantial amount of wetlands due to changes in hydrology and conversion to agriculture. This project will mitigate some of those degradations, helping to ensure consistent, high-quality habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds, 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 permanently protect 1,528 acres of moist soil and flooded agricultural wetland habitat, and restore 77 acres of bottomland hardwood wetlands.
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Project: New Hampshire Great Bay Estuary, Phase VII.
Location: Strafford and Rockingham counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Duane Hyde, dhyde@tnc.org
Partners: City of Dover; Olde Forest, LLC; Cochecho Country Club; Wood; Friel; New Hampshire Fish and Game Department; New Hampshire Audubon; Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests; Strafford Rivers Conservancy; Trust for Public Land.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $900,119.
Matching Funds: $2,117,625.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coast.
This project will permanently protect 974 acres of wetland habitat, adding to the 51,230 acres of conservation land in the Great Bay Focus Area. It is the state’s most important wintering area, and a critical stopover point for more than 20 species of migratory waterfowl, including five high priority species. This project will build on landscape scale conservation successes of the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership, a collaborative group of organizations committed to protecting the important habitats of the Great Bay Focus Area since 1994.
NORTH CAROLINA
Project: Southeastern North Carolina Wetlands Initiative III.
Location: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender countiess.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantees: North Carolina Coastal Land Trust; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission; The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Janice L. Allen, Janice@coastallandtrust.org.
Partners: Ducks Unlimited; State of North Carolina.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,900,000.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeastern Coastal Plain.
This is the third phase of a continuing effort to permanently protect wetlands and associated uplands in the Cape Fear Arch Region, an area of unique natural diversity, housing species found nowhere else in the world. This region contains a variety of wetland habitats including coastal salt marsh, cypress-gum swamps, bottomland hardwoods, Carolina Bay lakes, beaver ponds and pocosin. However, it is experiencing unprecedented growth and development, and the threats from wetlands loss, degradation and fragmentation increase each year. This project will protect 3,125 acres in the region, benefiting four federally threatened and endangered species, nine federal species of concern, 17 other state listed and rare species and 40 other fish and wildlife species.
NORTH DAKOTA
Project: North Dakota Northern Prairie Project - II.
Location: Divide, Williams, Burke, Mountrail, Ward, McLean, Renville, Bottineau, Rolette, McHenry and Pierce counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Scott Collins, scott_collins@fws.gov.
Partners: North Dakota Game and Fish Department; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; James Kennedy; North Dakota Natural Resources Trust; Private Landowners.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,241,905.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $29,848.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
Although many wetland complexes in the Prairie Pothole Region have been protected, much of the surrounding prairie uplands have been converted to agricultural use. Protecting the wetland-associated uplands is a critical component toward achieving habitat objectives for waterfowl populations. These areas provide essential nesting habitat for waterfowl and other species, and minimize the influx of sediments and pesticides. This project will permanently protect 1,386 acres of native grasslands and 339 acres of wetlands; restore 100 wetland acres; and enhance another 228 wetland acres through managed grazing systems that will help maintain the function and value of these wetlands.
OREGON
Project: Willamette Valley Partnership, I.
Location: Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Yamhill, Polk, Marion, Benton, Linn, and Lane counties.
Congressional District: 1, 3 and 5.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Curt Mykut, cmykut@ducks.org.
Partners: FBNF Limited Partnership; Jonah Interagency Office; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Pinedale Anticline Project Office; Sommers Ranch Partnership/Grindstone Cattle Co.; The Conservation Fund; Wyoming Stock Growers Association Land Trust; Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,300,652.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $50,000.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5-Northern Pacific Rainforest.
Situated between the Coast Range to the west and Cascade Mountains to the east, the Willamette Valley is a long, flat floodplain that historically supported over 600,000 acres of wetlands and now contains a high proportion of nationally and regionally decreasing wetland types. This project is phase one of an effort to create a waterfowl migration and wintering corridor in the valley. It will develop four waterfowl-centric wetland complexes, protecting 460 acres and restoring 490 acres of wetlands in Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, three state Wildlife Management Areas, and adjacent privately owned lands.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project: South Carolina Wetlands Landscape Initiative I.
Location: Beaufort, Colleton, Georgetown, and Jasper counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2, 6.
Grantees: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Craig LeSchack, cleschack@ducks.org.
Partners: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; The Nature Conservancy; Old Combahee Plantation; Paul and Dalton Plantation; Long Brow Plantation; Spring Island Trust; Annandale Plantation.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,825,925.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: $16,700.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeastern Coastal Plain.
This project will bring together 9 public and private partners to protect, restore and enhance 6,900 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat in an Atlantic Coast Joint Venture focus area. It will provide increased foraging capacity and important nesting habitat for 18 waterfowl species and 10 other priority species of wetland-dependent migratory birds.
SOUTH DAKOTA
Project: James River Lowlands/Missouri Coteau Project – V.
Location: 27 counties in central South Dakota.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Randy Renner, rrenner@ducks.org.
Partners: James Kennedy; South Dakota Game Fish and Parks; David Welles.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,043,425.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
The James River Lowlands/Missouri Coteau Project landscape contains approximately 2.4 million acres of native grassland habitat, of which less than 10% are currently protected. This project will protect 3,834 acres of native grasslands essential to the recovery of grassland birds, interspersed with numerous prairie pothole wetlands. Valuable breeding, migration and, for some resident species, wintering habitat will be protected by this project. Waterfowl, particularly Northern Pintail, will benefit greatly as well as a variety of shorebirds, waterbirds and neotropical migratory songbirds.
WISCONSIN
Project: Green Bay - Marquette Coastal.
Location: Adams, Brown, Green Lake, Marathon, Marinette, Marquette, Oconto, Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Waupaca, and Waushara counties.
Congressional District: 6, 7, and 8..
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Russel Terry, rterry@ducks.org.
Partners: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Brown County; Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust; Steve and Mary Hoffman; The Nature Conservancy; Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,052,971.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Regiony.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23-Prairie Hardwood Transition.
This project will protect, restore, and enhance 3,108 acres of critical wetland habitat in portions of the Lake Michigan watershed. Restoration of drained and degraded wetlands and adjacent uplands will benefit the eastern experimental population of the endangered Whooping Crane. The project will also benefit breeding habitat for waterfowl species; migratory stop-over habitat for shorebirds, waterfowl, and waterbirds; foraging and nesting habitat for wetland birds; and nesting habitat for grassland birds. It will develop critical habitat for Blanding’s turtle, improve nesting conditions for Forster’s Tern, and improve water quality and wetland-based recreation.
Project: Wisconsin Northwest Pothole Habitat Initiative Phase VI.
Location: Barron, Burnett, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties.
Congressional District: 3 and 7.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Russel Terry, rterry@ducks.org.
Partners: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Kinnickinnic River Land Trust; The Conservation Fund; Mark Johnson; Pheasants Forever; Star Prairie Fish and Game Association; Standing Cedars Community Land Conservation; Dunn County Fish and Game Association; Village of Roberts.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $383,000.
Matching Funds: $1,270,010.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Regiony.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 12-Boreal Hardwood Transition.
This is phase six of a successful project started in 1994 to protect, restore, and enhance a variety of habitat types, placing an emphasis on decreasing wetlands and adjacent uplands threatened by development and urban sprawl. Conservation of these habitats will directly benefit wetland and grassland species, including Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Canada Goose, Wilson’s Phalarope, Greater Yellowlegs, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, American Bittern, Black Tern, Marsh Wren, Sedge Wren, Henslow’s and Grasshopper Sparrows, and Eastern Meadowlark. The project will also conserve habitat for other threatened wildlife species such as Blanding’s turtle and Karner blue butterfly.
WYOMING
Project: Upper Green River.
Location: Lincoln, Sublette and Sweetwater counties.
Congressional District: At Large.
Grantee: Wyoming Game and Fish Department; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Jennifer Doering, Jennifer.Doering@wyo.gov.
Partners: FBNF Limited Partnership; Jonah Interagency Office; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Pinedale Anticline Project Office; Sommers Ranch Partnership/Grindstone Cattle Co.; The Conservation Fund; Wyoming Stock Growers Association Land Trust; Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust.
Approved: March 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,918,223.
Nonmatching Funds/Other Federal Funds: None.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 10-Northern Rockies.
The Upper Green Basin wetland complex contains approximately 20% of the wetland acres in Wyoming, but is threatened by expanding roads, oil and gas wells, pipelines, and housing developments. The goal of this project is to permanently protect and restore large tracts of land with significant wetland, riparian and sagebrush-steppe bird and wildlife habitat. The project will unite 16 partners to place 14,896 acres of wetlands in permanent protection. Partners will restore and enhance an additional 1,544 acres of wetland and riparian habitat on private lands and in the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge.
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