A total of $21.5 million in funding was approved for the following 21 projects on September 2013. Project partners are contributing $50 million in matching funds to affect 115,464 acres of habitat. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2014/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.

CALIFORNIA
Project: North Sacramento Valley Wetland Habitat Project Phase VI.
Location: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, and Sutter Counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Chadd Santerre, chadd_santerre@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Gray Lodge Farms; Paulo Ranch; The Sanctuary; Shoveller’s Duck Club; Smith Farms; White Mallard; Wildlife Conservation Board; The Wing Setter Duck Club.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,255,687.
Acres: 5,196.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
The Central Valley of California hosts 60% of the Pacific Flyway’s waterfowl population, 20% of the entire continental population, for overwintering or during migration.  This project falls in the priority Butte and Colusa Basins, where seed producing plants support foraging for migratory birds and other wildlife.  The area is under threat from increased agriculture, invasive plants, and lack of water.  Grant funds will be used to restore and enhance 5,196 acres.  Partners will increase the diversity of habitats available to migratory birds, increase water supplies, and help conservationists manage habitats.
Project: Sears Point Tidal Restoration.
Location: Sonoma County.
Congressional District: 5.
Grantee: Sonoma Land Trust.
Contact: Julian Meisler, Julian@sonomalandtrust.org.
Partners: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria; California State Coastal Conservancy; California Wildlife Conservation Board.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,037,000.
Acres: 1,135.
Joint Venture Region: San Francisco Bay.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
Located in the San Pablo Bay, part of the San Francisco Bay Estuary, the Sears Point wetlands are among the most important and threatened areas for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland-dependent migratory and resident birds on the Pacific coast.  The estuary is a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site and was recently designated a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention.  Despite this designation, the area continues to face threats from development, invasive species, pollution, and sea level rise – immediate restoration of the area is critical at this time.  This project will protect and restore 1,135 acres of wetlands, uplands, and tidal habitats used by birds for breeding, migration, and wintering.
CONNECTICUT
Project: Connecticut Coastal Initiative.
Location: New Haven, Middlesex, Tolland, and New London Counties.
Congressional District: 2 and 3.
Grantees: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; Town of Branford; Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center.
Contact: Min Huang, min.huang@ct.gov.
Partners: Town of Tolland; Trust for Public Land; The Nature Conservancy; Branford Land Trust.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $985,857.
Matching Funds: $3,722,005.
Acres: 884.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England-Mid Atlantic Coasts.
This project will protect and restore wetlands in coastal Connecticut that form part of a corridor for wildlife, linking estuaries with the marine waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  An ecologically important part of the Long Island Sound Estuary, the project area houses up to 20% of Connecticut’s wintering population of waterfowl, and the largest concentration of migratory shorebirds in the state.  Conservation of sandy spits and marshes will benefit Semipalmated Sandpiper, Sanderling, Dunlin, Black-bellied Plover, and nesting Piping Plover, as well as salt marsh and seaside sparrows.  This project will also help birds and their habitats adapt to sea level rise, by protecting lands where the saltmarsh can migrate as it loses area.
ILLINOIS, MISSOURI
Project: Bottomlands of the Great Rivers.
Location: Madison, St. Clair, Monroe, Randolph, Jackson, Union, Alexander, Pulaski, and Johnson Counties, Illinois; St. Charles County, Missouri.
Congressional District: IL 12 and 15; MO 9.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Michael Sertle, msertle@ducks.org.
Partners: Wetlands America Trust; National Wild Turkey Federation; Shawnee Resource Conservation & Development; Friends of the Cache River Watershed; Private landowner; Grand Tower Drainage and Levee District; Forrest-Keeling Nursery.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,085,093.
Acres: 2,890.
Joint Venture Region: Central Hardwoods.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 24 – Central Hardwoods.
This project will protect, restore, and enhance 2,890 acres of waterfowl migration and wintering habitat within the largest river corridor in the Midwest, where development has resulted in loss of historic wetlands, erosion, and runoff.  Focusing on the Big Muddy River Bottoms and Cache River Basin areas of southern Illinois, partners will conserve more than 2,500 acres of forested wetlands, 100 acres of marsh and mudflat, and 15 acres of shrub-forest marsh.  These habitats will provide migration, wintering and breeding areas for waterfowl as well as benefiting threatened species from large river ecosystems.  The project areas will be located within the Shawnee National Forest and the Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge.
IOWA
Project: Cedar-Wapsi Valley Wetlands III.
Location: Mitchell, Howard, Floyd, Chickasaw, Franklin, Butler, Bremer, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Delaware, Benton, Linn, Jones, Cedar, Clinton, Scott, and Muscatine Counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2, and 4.
Grantee: Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Contact: Todd Bishop, todd.bishop@dnr.iowa.gov.
Partners: Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; The Nature Conservancy; Bremer County, Linn County, Butler County, Buchanan County, Clinton County, Black Hawk County Conservation Boards; Private landowners; ASC, LLC; Allan and Fayette Meyer Trust; Pheasants Forever, Iowa State Council and 8 Chapters; Lowell E. Walters Trust; Young Family Foundation; Richard S. “Sandy” Rhodes II Fund; Waterfowl USA, Mississippi Valley Chapter; National Wild Turkey Federation, National and Red Cedar Chapter; John S. Lowenberg Fund; Buchanan County Wildlife Association; Friends of Black Hawk County Conservation; Whitetails Unlimited, National and 6 Chapters; Audubon Society, Prairie Rapids Chapter.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $3,908,183.
Acres: 3,070.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22 – Eastern Tallgrass Prairie.
With 37 partners - including 14 first-time NAWCA grant partners - contributing nearly $4 million in matching funds, this project will protect 3,070 acres of habitat within the floodplains of the Cedar and Wapsinicon Rivers, some of the best remaining examples of major interior rivers in the Upper Mississippi River Basin.  The area is part of a major migration corridor for Lesser Scaup and other waterfowl and wetland-dependent migratory birds, characterized by old-river oxbows, off-chute channels, and forested wetlands.  Protection of this pristine wetland will assist landowners to shift agricultural operations to less flood-prone areas, demonstrating how wetland and grassland restoration can improve flood control, mitigate flood damages, and reduce the need for disaster payments.
Project: Upper Iowa Prairie Pothole Partnership – Phase III.
Location: Buena Vista, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Winnebago, Worth and Wright Counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 4.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Michael Shannon mshannon@ducks.org.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy; Iowa Department of Natural Resources; O’Brien, Clay, and Dickinson County Conservation Boards; Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; O’Brien County Sportsman’s Club; Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation; Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association; Pheasants Forever; Millborn Seeds, Inc.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,825,000.
Acres: 1,216.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
Iowa’s Prairie Pothole Region is a geographic priority wetlands area of continental significance to North American ducks, geese, and swans.  Local partners will use grants funds to protect lands along the Little Sioux River Valley and restore high quality wetland complexes that were formerly drained.  This project will also continue the Living Lakes Initiative to enhance critical waterfowl migration and breeding habitat on state lands in northwest Iowa.  Protection, restoration, and enhancement efforts will focus on decreasing wetland types as well as native tallgrass prairie and oak savannas, protecting remnants of Iowa’s original native prairie.  The rare wetlands that will be conserved contain over 200 different plant species and plant remains dating back more than 5,000 years.
MAINE
Project: Cobscook Bay – Bold Coast Project Area Phase III.
Location: Washington County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
Contact: Marty Anderson, manderson@mcht.org.
Partners: Downeast Coastal Conservancy; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Elmina B. Sewall Foundation; Open Space Institute; The Nature Conservancy; Pleasant River Wildlife Foundation; Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife; Passamaquoddy Tribe, Sipayik Environmental Department.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $947,500.
Matching Funds: $1,959,260.
Acres: 1,001.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14 – Atlantic Northern Forest.
Cobscook Bay is the highest priority focus area in Maine under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.  With support from a coalition of federal and state conservation agencies, statewide conservation organizations, local land trusts and private landowners, this project will protect 1,001 acres of wetland and adjacent upland in the bay.  This undisturbed area provides high quality habitat for at least 29 species of waterfowl and as many as 150,000 individuals from 34 species of shorebirds.  It is particularly important to a large, year-round population of American Black Duck, also benefiting rare and declining species of birds and fish.  Protection of this area will combat the continuing threat of development along coastal lands and islands in Maine.
Project: Heads of Estuaries, Phase III.
Location: Washington County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Pleasant River Wildlife Foundation.
Contact: Anne Marshall, annemarshall@pleasant-river.org.
Partners: Maine Coast Heritage Trust; Private landowners; Maine Department of Inland Fishers and Wildlife, Land for Maine’s Future Program; Downeast Coastal Conservancy; Elmina B. Sewall Foundation; The Nature Conservancy; Maine Island Trail Association.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,026,500.
Acres: 1,002.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 14 – Atlantic Northern Forest.
A consortium of government agencies, regional conservation organizations and local land trusts will use grant funds to permanently protect 1,002 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands along estuaries from Maine’s Corea Peninsula to Machias Bay.  This area is threatened by development for housing, rockweed and timber harvest, and blueberry farming.  The project area supports at least 28 species of waterfowl, particularly Black Duck and Common Eider.  The region is also an important feeding and roosting area for tens of thousands of migrating shorebirds, with at least 37 shorebird species including plovers, sandpipers, dowitchers, and yellowlegs.  Nesting seabirds, wading birds, and bald eagles can be found on islands in the region and within the tracts this project will protect.  It is also an important site for threatened species including the endangered Roseate Tern.
MINNESOTA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA
Project: Prairies Without Borders Phase IV.
Location: 23 counties in eastern South Dakota, 51 counties in Minnesota, and 9 counties in North Dakota. The focus area will be in the counties of Roberts, Grant and Deuel in South Dakota, and the Counties of Big Stone and Lac Qui Parle in Minnesota.
Congressional District: SD 1 and MN 7.
Grantee: Northern Prairies Land Trust.
Contact: John Davidson, info@northernprairies.org.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Private landowners; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,029,188.
Acres: 1,987.
Joint Venture Region: Northern Great Plains.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This project will permanently protect 1,987 acres of grasslands through conservation easements and land purchases, and promote sustainable grassland ranching.  The acquisitions focus on the northern Prairie Coteau landscape, the largest remaining area of northern tallgrass prairie in the United States.  Great Plains calcareous fens, a rare wetland community, occur regularly in the project area.  Surveys show over 60 nesting pairs of waterfowl per square mile as well as grassland songbirds, shorebirds, herons, terns, endangered Whooping Crane, other endangered wildlife species, and over 250 plants species.  While high commodity prices are driving agricultural conversion into new and formerly undisturbed areas, this project will enable private landowners to conserve their lands and ensure they remain grasslands.
MISSISSIPPI
Project: Mississippi Wetlands Conservation Initiative.
Location: Issaquena, Sunflower, and Warren Counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Tim Willis, twillis@ducks.org
Partners: Wetlands America Trust; Walker Foundation; Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; Cypress Brake Tree Farm; Private landowner; Audubon Society, Mississippi.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $876,479.
Matching Funds: $2,117,537.
Acres: 4,436.
Joint Venture Region: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26-Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
Wetlands in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley support a rich diversity of wildlife species.  Through this project, seven partners will protect, restore, and enhance 4,436 acres on state and private lands.  Enhancement and restoration activities will increase foraging capacity, nesting and roosting habitat, benefiting 22 species of waterfowl and more than 70 additional species of migratory birds that depend on wetlands for survival.  The project will also improve public uses of the Indianola and Mahannah Wildlife Management Areas, supporting hunting, wildlife viewing, hiking, and other nature-based recreational activities.
MISSOURI
Project: Lower Grand River Basin.
Location: Chariton and St. Charles Counties.
Congressional District: 2 and 6.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Mark E. Flaspohler, mflaspohler@ducks.org
Partners: Wetlands America Trust, Inc.; Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; Missouri Department of Conservation; Agri Services of Brunswick; Walsworth Publishing; City of Sumner; RDM Farms; Yellow Creek Ducks Unlimited; Chariton County Commission; Friends of Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,141,230.
Acres: 2,590.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22-Eastern Tallgrass Prairie.
This project will restore and enhance 1,890 acres of wetland habitat in Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site and the core of the Lower Grand River Basin wetland complex, and permanently protect an additional 700 acres through conservation easements.  Restoration activities will improve water flow patterns and convert agricultural fields into seasonal wetlands and grassland habitats.  This will benefit over 200 species of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds with increased cover and food sources.  The area hosts exceptional concentrations of shorebirds, up to 40,000 annually during migration, and up to 100,000 migrating ducks in the fall.
MONTANA
Project: Montana Hi-Line Prairie Wetland IV.
Location: Sheridan, Roosevelt, Daniels, Valley, Phillips, Blaine, Hill, Liberty, and Toole Counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Randy Gazda, randy_gazda@fws.gov.
Partners: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; The Nature Conservancy.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $938,232.
Matching Funds: $938,232.
Acres: 11,629.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
Stretching from the Missouri Coteau in the east, through the Milk River Valley, to the Sweet Grass Hills in the west, this diverse project area is characterized by high concentrations of wetlands and grasslands.  This area is facing ongoing threats from land conversion for agriculture due to high commodity prices, and there is a backlog of landowners wishing to place conservation easements on their land.  Perpetual easements on 8,955 acres will protect habitats important for waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, and songbirds, hosting the highest density of breeding Northern Pintail as well as the endangered Whooping Crane and declining grassland birds such as Sprague’s Pipit and Baird’s Sparrow.
NEVADA
Project: Lahontan Valley – Western Nevada Wetlands Project.
Location: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, and Lyon Counties.
Congressional District: 2 and 4.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Jeff McCreary, jmccreary@ducks.org.
Partners: Carson City Department of Parks and Recreation; Nevada Land Conservancy; Bently Family Limited Partnership; Canvasback Club; Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe; Six Man Ranch; Nevada Department of Wildlife; Desert Gun Club; Honker Ranch; Troubadour Land Surveying; Incline Village General Improvement District; Private landowner; The Nature Conservancy.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,300,000.
Acres: 8,780.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 9 – Great Basin.
The Lahontan Valley is one of the most important wetland ecosystems for migratory birds in North America, and has been designated a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site.  Unfortunately, intense competition for water has left marshes dry and degraded water quality. This project will focus on federal, state, and local government-owned lands in the area.  It will permanently protect, restore, and enhance habitats for migrating and breeding waterfowl, waterbirds, and shorebirds, including important Neotropical migratory birds.   Project sites include river banks, semi-permanent wetlands, and sage steppe uplands.  Grant funds will be used to acquire land, improve water distribution, and help conservationists manage water and vegetation.
NEW JERSEY
Project: Southeast New Jersey Coastal Initiative.
Location: Atlantic and Cape May Counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Bernie Marczyk, bmarczyk@ducks.org.
Partners: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; The Nature Conservancy; Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,506,315.
Acres: 5,940.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coasts.
This project is the start of a multi-phase effort to protect, restore, and enhance native wetland communities under threat from invasive non-native species.  In addition, severe damage to coastal habitats from natural disasters continues to affect the area’s natural resources and its critical habitats for migratory birds.  This project will protect and enhance nearly 6,000 acres of wetlands surrounding the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area, linking together more than 56,000 acres of state and county lands.  This area hosts one of the only remaining wetlands still dominated by native vegetation and an important transition zone between forest and wetlands.  The project will adjust water flows to increase foraging and nesting habitat, benefiting American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Forester’s Tern, Gull-billed Tern, American Woodcock, Black Rail, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, and other migratory waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds, and songbirds.
NORTH CAROLINA
Project: Southeastern North Carolina Wetlands Initiative IV.
Location: Columbus and Pender Counties.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy.
Contact: Dan Ryan, dryan@tnc.org.
Partners: Clean Water Management Trust Fund; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $3,354,940.
Acres: 1,504.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
This project will permanently protect 1,504 acres in the southern half of North Carolina’s coastal plain, containing a variety of wetland types including salt marsh, gum-cypress swamps, lakes, pocosin, and beaver ponds.  Project tracts fall within the Lumber River Basin, supporting 46 priority species of wetland-dependent migratory birds.  The acquisition will also allow for public use of the area including hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, and planned access for canoe and kayak opportunities through the America’s Great Outdoors initiative.
NORTH DAKOTA
Project: Missouri Coteau Habitat Conservation Project - XII.
Location: 15 counties in the Missouri Coteau physiogeographic sub region of central North Dakota.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Randy W. Renner, rrenner@ducks.org.
Partners: Private landowners.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $2,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,102,918.
Acres: 11,478.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
Grant funds will be used to acquire grassland and wetland conservation easements, permanently protecting 11,478 acres of habitat to become part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  This project focuses on wetland types critical to migratory and breeding waterfowl, and particularly at risk of being drained, filled or degraded.  Protected native prairies surrounding the wetlands will provide nesting habitat and to reduce the amount of sediments, herbicides, and pesticides moving into the wetlands.  The conservation easements will allow ranchers to stay in business and prevent conversion of grassland to cropland, which is currently occurring in North Dakota at rates similar to deforestation in Brazil and Malaysia.
Project: North Dakota Drift Prairie Project - IV.
Location: Wells, Eddy, Foster, Griggs, Steele, Traill, Stutsman, Barnes, Cass, LaMoure, Ransom, Dickey, Sargent, Richland, Towner, Cavalier, Pembina, Benson, Ramsey, Walsh, Nelson and Grand Forks Counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Scott Collins, scott_collins@fws.gov.
Partners: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; North Dakota Game and Fish Department; Private landowners; North Dakota Natural Resources Trust; Crosslands, Inc.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,033,979.
Acrea: 22,695.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This prairie conservation project is in its fourth phase and encompasses more than 16.7 million acres in eastern North Dakota, at the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region.  With some of the highest and most productive concentrations of wetlands in the world, this area provides important migration, breeding, and nesting habitat for wetland-dependent migratory birds.  Predator populations increase when the grassland areas surrounding wetlands are not protected, reducing the nesting success of the area’s waterfowl.  This project will acquire more than 20,000 acres of perpetual easements and land leases on wetlands and surrounding grasslands, securing them as complexes.  Protecting these native prairie and wetlands will ensure there is enough habitat to sustain populations of waterfowl and other wildlife.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project: South Carolina Coastal Refuges Partnership.
Location: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, and Williamsburg Counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2, 5 and 6.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact: Craig Sasser, marshall_sasser@fws.gov.
Partners: South Carolina State Conservation Bank; The Nature Conservancy; Pee Dee Land Trust; Wetland America Trust.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,688,000.
Acress: 2,301.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
This project will permanently protect strategic tracts of forested wetlands, freshwater and salt marsh, maritime and hardwood forest, and other habitats in the South Carolina Lowcountry.  The resulting Lowcountry Refuge Complex will help birds and their habitats adapt to climate change and sea level rise by protecting upstream areas that are not vulnerable to saltwater intrusion.  The project area has the most extensive, intact wetlands in the southeastern United States, hosting priority waterfowl species such as American Black Duck, Mottled Duck, Mallard, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, and Wood Duck.  It also supports Neotropical migratory birds including warblers and thrushes, 29 species of shorebirds, and numerous other wetland-dependent plants and animals.
Project: South Carolina Lowcountry Wetlands Initiative IV.
Location: Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, and Georgetown Counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 6.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact:James Rader, jrader@ducks.org.
Partners: Wetlands America Trust; Santee Cooper; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; Charleston County Greenbelt Program; Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $7,825,465.
Acres: 1,852.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
Part of a nationally recognized wetlands conservation effort, this project will permanently protect 531 acres and enhance 1,321 acres, building on a network of conservation lands in key watersheds that provide habitat for waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds, landbirds, and other wetland-dependent wildlife and plants.  Diverse partners in this project include state and federal agencies, county governments, and non-government organizations including an electric and water utility.  The project will provide better foraging and roosting habitat for priority species of waterfowl and wetland-dependent birds, particularly early fall migrants and colonial nesting birds, as well as 50 other species that depend on wetlands for survival.
SOUTH DAKOTA
Project: South Dakota Habitat Legacy Project.
Location: 37 counties in the Prairie Pothole Region of South Dakota- Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Sully, Hughes, McPherson, Edmunds, Faulk, Hyde, Hand, Brown, Spink, Beadle, Marshall, Day, Roberts, Grant, Codington, Clark, Hamlin, Deuel, Kingsbury, Brookings, Buffalo, Jerauld, Brule, Aurora, Douglas, Charles Mix, Sanborn, Davidson, Miner, Hanson, Lake, McCook, Moody and Minnehaha.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever.
Contact:Jess Birken, jbirken@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks; Brule-Buffalo Conservation District; Day County Conservation District; Day County Conservation District; Private landowners; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $780,000.
Matching Funds: $1,205,019.
Acres: $21,266.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
Grant funds will be used to protect, restore, and enhance habitat within the Prairie Pothole Region, complementing the strategic investment of Migratory Bird Conservation Fund support to this high priority area.  Grassland loss in the eastern Dakotas is occurring at a rate that hasn’t been seen since the 1920s and 30s, and is concentrated in the project area.  Partners will restore croplands to grasslands and enhance wetlands and grasslands with the use of beneficial grazing systems.  The 21,266 acres of habitat conserved is important to the life cycle of more than 50 bird species, providing breeding areas for thousands of waterfowl, shorebird, and songbird pairs.
TEXAS
Project: Texas Gulf Coast XI.
Location: Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jefferson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Victoria, Waller, Wharton, and Willacy Counties.
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: Coastal Conservation Association; Private landowners; Texas Parks & Wildlife Department; Futch Foundation.
Approved: September 2013.
Grant: $992,051.
Matching Funds: $999,495.
Acres: 2,612.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
This project will restore and enhance 2,612 acres of wetland and upland habitat, including seasonally flooded rice fields, on public and private lands.  The Texas Gulf Coast is one of the most important migration and wintering habitats in North America for populations of waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, Neotropical migratory songbirds, and other wetland wildlife.  Working with landowners to compensate for the region’s continued loss of marsh and wet prairies, partners will enhance foraging, water quality, flood storage, and soil conservation throughout the project area.  The work will benefit more than 304 bird species including Mottled Duck, Northern Pintail, Mallard, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, and Cackling Canada Goose.
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