In June, 2013, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved 2014 funding for the U.S. Small Grants Program. The following 47 projects were selected totaling $3 million and affecting more than 21,000 acres. Partners contributed an additional $8.1 million in nonfederal matching funds. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2014 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: Central City Gun Club Restoration.
Location: Kern County.
Congressional District: 21.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Jonathan Pickett, jpickett@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: Private funders.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Acres: 94.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Central Valley California.
This project will restore 94 acres in the largest wetland complex of the Tulare Basin of the Central Valley of California, the most important wintering area for waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway. Levee construction and hydrology changes have reduced wetlands in the area to 5% of their extent at the turn of the century. Grant partners will increase habitat quality for migrating, wintering, and breeding waterbirds by repairing infrastructure and drainage systems. They will create new islands and loafing bars to provide diverse habitats for waterfowl and shorebirds. The area will also be fenced to manage livestock grazing and invasive salt cedar trees removed.
Project: Humboldt Bay Spartina Eradication.
Location: Eureka.
Congressional District: 4.
Grantee: California State Coastal Conservancy.
Contact: Joel Gerwein, jgerwein@scc.ca.gov.
Partners: California State Coastal Conservancy; City of Arcata; Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District; Friends of the Arcata Marsh.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $76,000.
Acres: 40.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5-Northern Pacific Rainforest.
Tidal marshes in the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge are being dominated by invasive Spartina, a noxious weed that degrades the habitat quality and makes it difficult for native salt marsh plants to grow. This project will restore 40 acres of marshes by eradicating the invasive Spartina plants and continuing to maintain the area for native plant communities. The wetlands surrounding Humboldt Bay, California’s second largest natural bay, host more than 260 bird species including 39 shorebird species and 26 raptor species that rely on the bay as they travel the Pacific Flyway.
Project: Little River Estuary Protection.
Location: Trinidad.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: California State Coastal Conservancy.
Contact: Joel Gerwein, jgerwein@scc.ca.gov.
Partners: California State Coastal Conservancy; Redwood Community Action Agency; Trinidad Coastal Land Trust.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $40,000.
Matching Funds: $43,520.
Acres: 15.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5-Northern Pacific Rainforest.
This project will permanently protect 15 acres of wetlands and associated uplands at the mouth of the Little River. The grantee will manage the land to provide habitat for wildlife as well as public access for wildlife viewing, hunting, and other outdoor recreation activities. The property includes estuarine and floodplain wetlands and riparian forest, which provide nesting habitat and food for waterfowl, shorebirds, Neotropical migratory birds, marsh birds, and songbirds. The beach dunes also support the threatened Western Snowy Plover.
Project: Piper’s Patch Enhancement.
Location: Butte County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Chadd Santerre, chadd_santerre@calwaterfowl.org
Partners: Private funders.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $117,931.
Acres: 321.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
Piper’s Patch hosts more than 100,000 birds at peak migration times, and also provides habitat for other wetland-dependent species including the giant garter snake. This project will develop a new and improved water source for 321 acres of wetlands on the property, which is currently degraded due to a failed and unrepairable weir. The grantee will build a well to ensure that the water supplied to the wetlands is high quality, without herbicide and pesticide runoff from surrounding agriculture.
Project: Suisun Marsh Enhancement.
Location: Solano County.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Contact: Robert Eddings, Robert_eddings@calwaterfowl.org.
Partners: Tule Hilton Duck Club.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $65,000.
Matching Funds: $65,000.
Acres: 170.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
The Suisun Marsh is one of the largest estuaries in North America, hosting nearly every species of waterfowl, with diverse habitats including wetlands, uplands, bays, and sloughs. However, without adequate circulation and drainage in wetlands, salt accumulates in the soil, preventing wetland plants from growing. This project will enhance 60 acres of seasonal wetlands by improving water conveyance to the area. On a second site, the project will enhance 110 acres by improving drainage to reduce vegetation density and increase foraging habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other priority species.
HAWAII
Project: Upper Laupahoehoe Nui Watershed Reserve.
Location: Windward Kohala Mountain, Island of Hawaii.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: The Kohala Center, Inc.
Contact: Melora K. Purell, coordinator@kohalawatershed.org.
Partners: State of Hawaii; Laupahoehoe Nui LLC; USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $105,000.
Acres: 20,000.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 67-Hawaii.
The goal of this cooperative project is to protect and restore a relatively intact watershed ecosystem containing wetlands, perennial riparian streams and tropical forests, for the benefit of endangered Hawaiian waterbirds and seabirds, as well as plants and stream organisms. Project partners will fence 2,000 acres of public and private land, remove feral pigs and other ungulates within the fenced area, and monitor portions of the stream for native vegetation recovery and use by the Hawaiian Duck.
ILLINOIS
Project: Oak Ridge Wetland Restoration at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes.
Location: Putnam County.
Congressional District: 16.
Grantee: The Wetlands Initiative.
Contact: Vera Leopold, vleopold@wetlands-initiative.org.
Partners: The Field Museum.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $50,000.
Matching Funds: $76,952.
Acres: 70.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22-Eastern Tallgrass Prairie.
This project will restore 70 acres of degraded wetlands and surrounding savanna and prairie within the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin & Hopper Lakes, a Wetland of International Importance and a state Important Bird Area. Oak Ridge is bordered by invasive cattails, where native vegetation was lost due to invasive carp. The carp have been eradicated, but there is still a need to re-establish native wetland plants. This restoration will increase nesting and foraging habitat for priority bird species including waterfowl and at-risk marsh birds.
KANSAS
Project: Perry Wildlife Area Wetlands.
Location: Jefferson County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Matthew Hough, mhough@ducks.org
Partners: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $202,579.
Acres: 456.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22-Eastern Tallgrass Prairie.
The Perry Wildlife Area, a public wetland complex in northeast Kansas, is dependent on rainfall and flood events to provide water to two of its marshes. In dry years, these marshes cannot support migratory birds and other wildlife. This project will improve water management through the installation of a pump station along the Delaware River, restoring 228 acres and creating ideal conditions for waterfowl and other migrating birds in the spring and fall. The grantee also restored 228 acres in Spring 2013 to support the installation of water management infrastructure.
KENTUCKY
Project: Harper Tract Acquisition Project – Boatwright Wildlife Management Area.
Location: Ballard County.
Congressional District:1.
Grantee: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
Contact: Ronald Pritchert, rocky.pritchert@ky.gov
Partners: Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; O.H. Ingram Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $255,000.
Acres: $120,000.
Joint Venture Region: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26-Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
This project will protect 256 acres of wetlands in the Boatwright Wildlife Management Area, enhancing waterfowl management in the lower Ohio River region. The land is near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and contains riverine floodplain important to migrating waterfowl. The 16,400-acre floodplain hosts more than 140,000 ducks and 60,000 geese annually. The project site will be open to the public for hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing.
MAINE
Project: Old Pond/Youngs Bay Watershed Conservation Area Pettengill Preserve Extension – Phase I.
Location: Hancock.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Crabtree Neck Land Trust.
Contact: Judy Adelman, judyadelman@maine.rr.com
Partners: Private Landowner; Maine Coast Heritage Trust; Frenchman Bay Conservancy.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $361,500.
Acres: 111.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coast.
This project will protect 111 acres of high value wetlands in the Taunton Bay area, where tidal estuaries help make the Gulf of Maine a highly productive habitat. With this acquisition, the grantee will add shorefront, vernal pools, a freshwater stream, and forested wetlands to an existing conservation area. The protected habitat will benefit priority trust species including American Black Duck, American Bittern, Black Scoter, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Osprey, Snowy Egret, and Yellow Rail.
MASSACHUSETTS
Project: Bachelor Brook Floodplain.
Location: South Hadley, MA.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Kestrel Land Trust.
Contact: Ben Wright, ben@kestreltrust.org
Partners: Private landowner.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $43,750.
Matching Funds: $446,375.
Acres: 114.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coast.
A partnership between the Kestrel Land Trust, private landowners, and the Town of South Hadley will conserve 94 acres of high priority wetlands and streams in the wetland complex of Bachelor and Stony Brooks, creating a continuous mile of protected river corridor. The wetland and a forest buffer will be protected from urban development, maintaining habitat for birds as well as several rare plants and an endangered dragonfly species. The project will also restore 20 acres by combating invasive plants throughout the floodplain.
Project: Brandt Island Cove.
Location: Plymouth.
Congressional District: 9.
Grantee: Buzzards Bay Coalition.
Contact: Allen Decker, decker@savebuzzardsbay.org.
Partners: Mattapoisett Land Trust; Wildlands Trust.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Acres: 39.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coast.
This project will permanently protect 39 acres of wetlands, salt marsh, and adjacent forest in Brandt Island Cove through a partnership of land trusts and conversation organizations. This acquisition will build on years of investment in the Buzzards Bay area, a significant habitat for waterfowl, waterbirds, and other migratory birds and wildlife species. The region is under threat from land conversion and development, nutrient pollution, recent oil spills and a rapidly expanding population. The newly protected cove will support breeding for American Black Ducks and wintering for other waterfowl such as Common Eider, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, and Canvasback.
Project: Upper Great Marsh Tidal Restoration Project Phase III.
Location: Essex County.
Congressional District: 6.
Grantee: Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.
Contact: Peter Phippen, pphippen@mvpc.org
Partners: Mass Audubon Volunteers; University of New Hampshire; Private Landowner; NE Mass Mosquito Control; MA Division of Marine Fisheries; Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $129,800.
Acres: 150.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coast.
The Upper Great Marsh provides valuable foraging, migration and wintering habitat for a variety of waterfowl species such as the Northern Pintail, American Black Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Atlantic Brant, and American Wigeon. In addition, open water areas within the marsh system and off-shore provide additional habitat for diving ducks such as Bufflehead, Goldeneye, Lesser and Greater Scaup, and Common Eider. This project will restore 150 acres of tidal salt marsh habitat in the Upper Great Marsh by eradicating many isolated colonies of invasive Phragmites and perennial pepperweed.
MICHIGAN
Project: Arcadia Marsh Expansion Project.
Location: Manistee County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Grand Traverse Regional Land Conserva.
Contact: Chris Sullivan, csullivan@gtrlc.org
Partners: None.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $69,791.
Matching Funds: $104,745.
Acres: 74.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 12-Boreal Hardwood Transition.
This project will protect threatened sedge meadow and marsh habitat within Arcadia Marsh, at the drowned river mouth of Bowens Creek. The area provides habitat for 17 threatened bird species, and will allow public access to the creek and surrounding grasslands for wildlife viewing, fishing and other recreational activities. Protecting this parcel of land will also provide opportunities for future restoration projects and to expanded invasive species control.
Project: Detroit Lakes, MN WPA Enhancement.
Location: Becker, Mahnomen, and Polk Counties.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: None.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $88,000.
Acres: 1,759.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23-Prairie Hardwood Transition.
This project will restore 40 acres of wetlands that have been drained or silted in as a result of farming practices, and will remove invasive trees to enhance waterfowl nesting habitat on 1,719 acres across six Waterfowl Production Areas. The work will increase breeding habitat for grassland nesting birds on the sites, also improving public access for recreational activities such as wildlife viewing and hunting.
MINNESOTA
Project: Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge Lee Wetland Enhancement 2013.
Location: Polk County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Rydell & Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuges.
Contact: Trina Brennan, trina_brennan@fws.gov
Partners: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $300,845.
Acres: 369.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge was established by a group of over thirty partners working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This refuge is a major shorebird and waterfowl stopover, part of a natural corridor of protected lands, and provides nesting habitat for waterfowl, marsh birds, and grassland songbirds. To date, the refuge has restored 276 wetlands totaling 3,538 acres. This project will continue an ongoing effort to enhance restored wetlands, enhancing 369 acres in Lee Fen. The grantee will remove invasive plant species on five wetlands and replace them with native vegetation.
Project: Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Enhancements 2013.
Location: Polk County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge.
Contact: Jessica Dowler, jessica_dowler@fws.gov
Partners: University of Minnesota; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Northwest Research and Outreach.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Grant: $139,772.
Matching Funds: 2,930.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding protected lands make up one of the largest blocks of tallgrass prairie habitat in the eastern prairie pothole region. The refuge hosts large bird populations during migration -- over 10,000 Sandhill Crane and 1,000 Trumpeter Swan at times – and provides nesting habitat for breeding waterfowl, shorebirds, marsh birds, and songbirds. This project will protect and restore bird habitat through the removal of invasive cattails and managed grazing on 2,930 acres.
Project: Litchfield Wetland Management District Waterfowl Production Area Enhancement, MN.
Location: Stearns and Kandiyohi Counties.
Congressional District: 6 and 7.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: None.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $77,063.
Acres: 1,027.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This project will enhance 1,014 acres and restore 13 acres of protected wetlands and grasslands to create productive and resilient habitats for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species. The grantee will construct a berm to manage water flows and remove invasive trees encroaching on the grasslands. This will improve the nesting success of waterfowl and other grassland nesting birds.
Project: Whitney Waterfowl Production Area Addition, MN.
Location: Stearns County, on the Litchfield Wetland Management District.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $55,425.
Matching Funds: $55,425.
Acres: 54.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23-Prairie Hardwood Transition.
Acquisition of grassland and wetlands for habitat, game production, and recreation is important to the future of habitat conservation and migratory birds. This project aims to accomplish these goals by protecting at-risk prairie and wetlands.  This project will build upon the Whitney Waterfowl Production Area by protecting 54 acres of wetlands and grasslands that adjoin the existing 346-acre unit. The protected complex will function at a high level for grassland birds, migratory birds, other wildlife, as well as improve water quality.
Project: Mud Lake Waterfowl Production Area Addition, MN.
Location: Sibley County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: None.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $177,500.
Acres: 47.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This project will permanently protect 47 acres of grasslands and wetlands for bird habitat and outdoor recreation, building on existing protected areas around Mud Lake in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has designated the shallow Mud Lake as a migratory waterfowl feeding and resting area. The protected habitat will benefit species such as Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Wood Duck, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser, and Canada Goose.
Project: Selk Wildlife Management Area Addition, MN.
Location: Stevens County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: None.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $86,000.
Acres: 40.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
Building on past investments, this project will add 40 acres of wetlands and grassland habitat needed by breeding waterfowl to the Selk Wildlife Management Area. The land is a remnant of the native tallgrass prairie in the Prairie Pothole Region and is threatened by agricultural land conversion and degradation. This and other protected areas will create a linked habitat for waterfowl, grassland birds, and other migratory birds and wildlife. Maintaining the wetlands will also improve water quality for nearby communities.
Project: Swift County, MN, Wetland Conservation.
Location: Swift County.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $228,000.
Acres: 117.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This project will protect a 96-acre addition to the Svor Waterfowl Production Area and restore 16 acres of wetlands and 65 acres of wetland-associated uplands. Both sites provide for public access to bird, hunt, trap, or otherwise enjoy wetland and prairies. This project will benefit upland nesting waterfowl species like Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Wood Duck, and Redhead.  Upland habitat protection will benefit species that require grasslands to survive, such as the Marbled Godwit, Upland Sandpiper, Henslow’s Sparrow and Bobolink.
Project: Tiger Marsh Wildlife Management Area Addition, MN.
Location: Carver County.
Congressional District: 6.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $757,500.
Acres: 110.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This project will permanently protect 110 acres with over 2,800 feet of shoreline on Tiger Lake. The site includes existing wetlands as well as eleven wetlands with the potential for restoration. Tiger Lake is designated by the state of Minnesota as a wildlife lake, where water levels can be managed for wildlife and motorized recreational vehicles are regulated. The waterfowl population on the lake will benefit from additional protected wetlands for migration habitat, on a site where the land was previously used for agriculture.
MONTANA
Project: Big Lake Wetland Restoration.
Location: Stillwater County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
Contact: Justin Paugh, jpaugh@mt.gov
Partners: Northern Great Plains Joint Venture.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $343,025.
Acres: 1,184.
Joint Venture Region: Northern Great Plai.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 17-Badlands and Prairies.
This project will restore 74 acres across two wetlands in the Big Lake area, one of the largest wetland areas in the Northern Great Plains. Because the region is mostly arid, the Big Lake wetlands provide essential nesting habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and waterbirds, including Northern Pintail, Mallard, Lesser Scaup, American Avocet, and Black-necked Stilt. To restore the wetlands, the grantee will replace the non-functioning water management infrastructure, improving water availability for migratory birds. This project also includes acquisition of 1,110 acres along Big Lake to allow cattle to be fenced out and protect native vegetation.
Project: Headwaters Habitat Project.
Location: Gallatin County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Gallatin Valley Land Trust.
Contact: Brendan Weiner, brendan@gvlt.org.
Partners: Private landowners; Gallatin County, MT; Gallatin Valley Land Trust.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $218,700.
Acres: 194.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 10-Northern Rockies.
This project will permanently protect the 194-acre Fink Ranch through a public-private partnership to create a conservation easement. The ranch includes 133 acres of wetlands and more than a half-mile of riverfront along the Madison River, where the confluence of three rivers at the headwaters of the Missouri River create a large wetland complex. The ranch provides breeding, migration, and wintering habitat for more than 100 bird species, including Trumpeter Swan, Sandhill Crane, Long-billed Curlew, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, and Northern Pintail.
Project: Smith Lake Bird Habitat – Wade II.
Location: Flathead County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Flathead Land Trust, Inc.
Contact: Laura Katzman, lkatzman@bigsky.net.
Partners: Private landowners; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $97,250.
Acres: 77.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 10-Northern Rockies.
This project will permanently protect 78 acres bordering the Smith Lake Waterfowl Production Area. Surrounded on three sides by protected wetlands, this wetland block fills in the area to create a large wetland complex. Tens of thousands of birds migrate through the Flathead Valley, using habitats like Smith Lake for resting and feeding. Studies of migratory waterfowl have indicated that protecting this project area will maximize benefits to birds such as Mallard, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, and Canada Goose. Common Loon, Great Blue Heron, American Bittern, and other waterbirds also use the lake for breeding habitat.
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Project: Limperis Lamprey River Project.
Location: Rockingham County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire.
Contact: David Viale, dviale@seltnh.org.
Partners: Private Landowners.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Acres: 263.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coast.
This project will protect a 263-acre property on the Wild & Scenic Lamprey River, providing habitat for migratory birds as well as several rare wetland species. The conservation easement will remove the threat of residential development on the land. The easement will include 3,600 feet of river and stream shoreline and 110 acres of wetlands, creating a corridor of protected lands between the Piscassic Greenway and the western side of the Lamprey River. It will also improve the quality of the Lamprey River, which is a drinking water source for nearby communities.
NEW MEXICO
Project: Mills Playa/River Restoration.
Location: Harding and Mora Counties.
Congressional District:3.
Grantee: Canadian River Riparian Restoration Project.
Contact: Jack Chatfield, jackc@plateautel.net.
Partners: None.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $150,000.
Acres: 840.
Joint Venture Region: Playa Lakes.
Flyway: Centralc.
BCR: 18-Shortgrass Prairie.
This project is part of a multi-year partnership effort to restore the Canadian River watershed, an important area for migrating waterfowl. The project area has over 50 playa lakes that provide foraging and roosting habitat for migratory birds, however these wetlands have been diminished by the invasion of salt cedar and Siberian elm as well as pitting of the playas. This project fills pits in three playas along 52 acres, completes the restoration of 68 acres of the Canadian River, and treats for invasive species on 660 acres to open up the river and allow native vegetation to spreads.
NEW YORK
Project: Iroquois Seneca Pool Restoration.
Location: Orleans County.
Congressional District: 27.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Sarah Fleming, sfleming@ducks.org.
Partners: Cargill Salt Mines; Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $62,407.
Matching Funds: $62,639.
Acres: 1,010.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 13-Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Plain.
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most important migratory habitats for waterfowl in western New York. With surround conservation lands, the refuge provides a staging area for more than 250,000 migrating waterfowl every year. This project will enhance 1,000 acres of forested wetlands by restoring natural water flows, and re-forest 10 acres with native trees. The work will benefit diverse bird species including American Black Duck, American Woodcock, and Cerulean Warbler, as well as reptiles and amphibians.
OHIO
Project: Big Darby Creek Corridor Protection.
Location: Pickaway County.
Congressional District: 15.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: Russ Terry, rterry@ducks.org.
Partners: Appalachia Ohio Alliance; The Nature Conservancy.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $75,000.
Acres: 48.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22-Eastern Tallgrass Prairie.
The Big Darby Creek watershed is one of the top warm freshwater habitats in the nation, an important resource to more than 225 species of migratory birds, and home to many endangered species.  This project will protect 48 acres of river corridor and an island, forested wetlands, river wetlands, and floodplain forest. Protection of this land will provide nesting habitat for Wood Duck and stopover habitat for migrating waterfowl such as American Black Duck and Mallard.
Project: Burton Swamp Project.
Location: Geauga County.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
Contact: Rich Cochran, areed@wrlandconservancy.org.
Partners: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $419,500.
Acres: 115.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 13-Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Plain.
This project will protect 115 acres in a 19,000-acre corridor of natural areas surrounding the West Branch of the Cuyahoga River and the water supply for the city of Akron, OH. Previously the location of a mining operation, this rare hemlock swamp forest now provides habitat for four rare tiger beetle species, a lush diversity of native wetland plants including a state endangered sedge, and priority waterfowl species such as American Black Duck, Mallard, Wood Duck, and Redhead, as well as Bald Eagle, several species of woodpeckers, and warblers.
Project: Eagle Creek Wetlands Project.
Location: Trumbull County.
Congressional District: 13.
Grantee: Western Reserve Land Conservancy.
Contact: Rich Cochran, areed@wrlandconservancy.org
Partners: Clean Ohio.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $426,000.
Acres: 173.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 13-Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Plain.
This project will permanently protect 173 acres of wetlands along 4,877 linear feet of Eagle Creek, along with large areas of forest, floodplain, and streams. Eagle Creek makes up ten percent of the Mahoning River watershed, with an abundance of nesting, breeding, and feeding areas for migrating waterfowl and other birds, including Mallard, Wood Duck, and American Black Duck. The property also houses threatened sedge and tree species, and a salamander species of concern for the state of Ohio.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project: Broad River WMA Wetland Project.
Location: Fairfield County.
Congressional District: 5.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Contact: James Rader, jrader@ducks.org
Partners: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $255,000.
Acres: 180.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 29-Piedmont.
The wetlands on the Broad River Wildlife Management Area are comprised of diverse habitats such as green-tree reservoirs, back water sloughs, and moist soil impoundments. This important habitat for waterfowl has been degraded due to both drought and flooding, and the plant communities are now dominated by invasive species. This project will enhance 180 acres by improving water management infrastructure, producing beneficial vegetation for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.
TENNESSEE
Project: Cannon Tract Acquisition.
Location: Fayette and Shelby Counties.
Congressional District: 7 and 9.
Grantee: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Contact: Tim Churchill, tim.churchill@state.tn.us.
Partners: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation; The Nature Conservancy; Wolf River Conserva.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $229,20.
Acres: 279.
Joint Venture Region: East Gulf Coastal Plain.
Flyway: Atlantici.
BCR: 27.
This project will build on continuing conservation work along the Wolf River, a significant component of the 24 million-acre Mississippi River Alluvial Plain Ecoregion, by protecting 279 acres of high priority wetlands in western Tennessee. This acquisition will expand the protected wetlands in the Wolf River watershed and provide new restoration opportunities. The habitat includes unique, old growth, forested wetlands and upland forests threatened by development due to their proximity to Memphis, TN. The protected wetlands will support high priority waterfowl and other migratory birds, including Mallard, American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Wood Duck, Swainson’s Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, and Rusty Blackbird.
TEXAS
Project: Bolivar Flats Acquisition.
Location: Galveston County.
Congressional District: 14.
Grantee: Houston Audubon Society.
Contact: Richard E. Gibbons, rgibbons@houstonaudubon.org.
Partners: Galveston Bay Foundation; Galveston Houston Community; Crady, Jewett & McCulley LLP.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $152,000.
Acres: 62.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
This project will protect estuarine, marine, and freshwater wetlands and a freshwater pond from commercial development. These wetlands provide vidal nesting and migration habitat for migratory waterfowl, as well as waterbirds, shorebirds, and landbirds. The land will be added to the 1,146-acre Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network Site of Global Importance.
Project: Gulf Coast Mottled Duck Conservation Plan – Phase 7.
Location: Matagorda and Chambers Counties.
Congressional District: 27.
Grantee: Texas R.I.C.E.
Contact: Bill Stransky, Txrice@att.net.
Partners: Galveston Bay Foundation; Galveston Houston Community; Crady, Jewett & McCulley LLP.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $15,000.
Matching Funds: $34,000.
Acres: 90.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
The Texas coastal plain has experienced monumental habitat loss due to agriculture and urbanization, and more recently due to a decline in rice farming and salt water intrusion from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. This project will create five new high quality wetlands on the Texas Gulf Coast to provide nesting habitat for Mottled Duck and other migratory birds in the Central Flyway. The grantee will create four wetlands totaling 40 acres in the Mad Island Waterfowl Management Area, and an additional 50-acre wetland in Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, by flooding the land and fostering the growth of wetland plant species.
UTAH
Project: New State Small Roller Water Control Structure.
Location: Salt Lake Countyy.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: New State, Inc.
Contact: Doug Olson, doug@slimolson.com.
Partners: Private landowners; New State Club.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $40,000.
Matching Funds: $50,599.
Acres: 1,503.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 9-Great Basin.
The Great Salt Lake is one of the largest wetland areas in the western United States and provides significant habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and waterbirds. However the area is under threat from invasive Phragmites australis, which is replacing native seed-producing wetland plants used by birds for food. This project controls invasive Phragmites on 288 acres and replaces water control structures to allow management of water flows on 1,215 acres of wetlands. Both actions will improve habitat for foraging waterfowl and shorebirds.
WASHINGTON
Project: Barney Lake Expansion.
Location: Skagit County.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Skagit Land Trust.
Contact: Molly Doran, mollyd@skagitlandtrust.org.
Partners: Skagit Community Foundation; Skagit County; Private landowner; Skagit Audubon.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $57,000.
Matching Funds: $119,4010.
Acres: 40.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5-Northern Pacific Rainforest.
This project will permanently protect 15 acres, and enhance an additional 25 acres of wetlands and associated uplands in the Barney Lake Conservation Area. The work will support migratory birds in the Northern Puget Lowlands, where 80% of Washington’s wintering waterfowl can be found. The protected area will provide high quality, sheltered forest and river habitat for birds and other wildlife. Habitat enhancement will benefit Mallard, Northern Pintail, and American Wigeon, as well as Trumpeter Swan, other waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds.
Project: Grass Island Acquisition.
Location: Grays Harbor County.
Congressional District: 6.
Grantee: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Contact: Brock Hoenes, brock.hoenes@dfw.wa.gov.
Partners: None.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $47,000.
Matching Funds: $95,000.
Acres: 199.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5-Northern Pacific Rainforest.
Grass Island lies in the Chehalis River Basin, one of the largest and most species rich estuaries on the Pacific coast. The area provides important foraging habitat for migrating birds in the Pacific Flyway, supporting more than one million shorebirds and 200,000 ducks, but it is under threat from development and dredging activities. This project will protect the 199-acre island to ensure it remains undeveloped and to support local, regional, and national conservation plans.
Project: Skokomish Estuary Restoration, Phase 3.
Location: Mason County.
Congressional District: 6.
Grantee: Mason Conservation District.
Contact: John Bolender, jbolender@masoncd.org.
Partners: Washington Recreation and Conservation Office.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $150,000.
Acres: 825.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5-Northern Pacific Rainforest.
This goal of this project is to restore natural habitat along the Skokomish River, which was modified for agriculture in the mid-19th century. The third phase of Skokomish Estuary restoration will re-establish historic connections between large freshwater wetlands around the Skokomish River, increasing the amount of brackish water and providing new habitat for fish and wildlife. This project will restore a habitat type important to the Skokomish Tribe and support the tribe’s treaty-protected fishing rights. It will also restore wetlands that provide habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway.
WISCONSIN
Project: Dobbs Landing Land Acquisition.
Location: Dunn County.
Congressional District:3.
Grantee: Alliance of Dunn County Conservation and Sports Clubs, Inc.
Contact: Scott Sinz, scottsinz@yahoo.com.
Partners: None.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $175,000.
Acres: 178.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23-Prairie Hardwood Transition.
An alliance of local conservation and sportsmen’s organizations will protect 178 acres of land at Dobbs Landing, including three imperiled plant community types and one mile of the Red Cedar River. Protection of these wetlands will reduce the threat of development, off-road vehicle use, and gravel mining to the river and its floodplain, while providing for public recreational use for hunting, hiking, and wildlife viewing. The area provides migration habitat for Mallard, Lesser Scaup, Wood Duck, Redhead, American Wigeon, and Ring-necked Duck, and nesting habitat for Wood Duck, Mallard, and Blue-winged Teal.
Project: H&L Farms Acquisition.
Location: Rock Countys.
Congressional District:2.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Contact: Ron Leathers, rleathers@pheasantsforever.org.
Partners: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; J.A. Woolam Foundation; Green-Rock Audubon Society; Fort Atkinson Wisconservation Club; Green County Conservation League; National Wild Turkey Federation; Private landowners; Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $746,100.
Acres: 714.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23-Prairie Hardwood Transition.
This project will protect 714 acres of the H&L Farm property, to provide public access and enhance management of the wetlands already protected on the farm. This acquisition will prevent the farm from being subdivided for housing, and instead provide for outdoor recreation and education on the property. The protected land will be adjacent to a 2,734-acre state wildlife management area. Improved management will allow sufficient grasslands for nesting birds and provide habitat for grassland insects.
Project: Sylvan Road Conservation Area.
Location: Iowa County.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: The Prairie Enthusiasts.
Contact: Chris Kirkpatrick, executivedirector@theprairieenthusiasts.org.
Partners: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Trout Unlimited.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $171,000.
Acres: 198.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23-Prairie Hardwood Transition.
The Sylvan Road Conservation Area will permanently protect 99 acres of wetland, upland, and river habitats, including wet prairie, woodlands, and cold water stream. The project area provides habitat for species such as Mallard, Killdeer and Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron and Sandhill Crane. In addition to protecting the 99-acre property from development, the grantee will manage the 99 acres to benefit bird species, as well as rare plants, fish, and turtle species.
Project: Star Prairie Wetlands Project.
Location: St. Croix, Polk, Barron and Burnett Counties.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, St. Croix Wetland Management District.
Contact: Tom Kerr, tom_kerr@fws.gov
Partners: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District; National Wild Turkey Federation; Boy Scouts of America.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $77,855.
Acres: 203.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23-Prairie Hardwood Transition.
This project will accelerate wetland and grassland restoration on public lands in Northwest Wisconsin, an area that was historically dominated by prairie potholes but has been degraded due to agriculture. The project will provide breeding habitat for waterfowl and other wetland and grassland dependent species and improve water quality. The project will restore 40 acres of drained wetlands and enhance 163 acres of grassland and oak savanna habitat.  Species that will benefit include Mallard, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Northern Pintail, American Black Duck, and Lesser and Greater Scaup.
Project: Southern WI State Natural Area Wetlands.
Location: Dane, Green and Rock Counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation.
Contact: Nathan Fayram, Nathan.fayram@wisconsin.gov
Partners: National Wild Turkey Federation; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Private landowner; Wisconsin Waterfowl Association; Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Approved: March 2014.
Grant: $75,000.
Matching Funds: $82,67.
Acres: 2,205.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 23-Prairie Hardwood Transition.
This project will restore and enhance wetland and grassland habitat on 10 state natural areas in three counties.  The primary goal is to reduce invasive woody species and expand grassland habitat to promote native grassland and wetland plant communities. The project will enhance 1,906 acres through prescribed burns, 162 acres through tree clearing, and 122 acres with native plantings, as well as restoring 15 acres. Enhanced habitats will support Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Wood Duck, Bobolink, Bell’s Vireo and American Woodcock.
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