Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Duck Stamp Dollars and Federal Grants Buy and Restore California Wetlands

Mar 09, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        
March 9, 2011                

Contacts:

Ashley Spratt, ashley_spratt@fws.gov
Scott Flaherty, Scott_flaherty@fws.gov
Phone: 916-978-6156
Fax: 916-414-6486

Duck Stamp Dollars and Federal Grants Buy and Restore California Wetlands
Nearly $4.5 Million for Bird Habitat Conservation and Wetlands Acquisition


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced nearly $3 million in federal North American Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants will be awarded to three projects in California that will help protect, restore and enhance 16,256 acres of wetlands and associated habitats.  Additionally, $1.4 million from the sale of Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as Federal Duck Stamps, will support acquisition of a 625-acre conservation easement in Tulare and Kern Counties. Federal NAWCA grants were matched by an additional $5.1 million in partner funds and approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission.

“Healthy wetlands are key components to healthy ecosystems. The vital wetlands that connect our saltwater estuaries to our coastal floodplains are home to many native species of birds, fish and wildlife,” said Ren Lohoefener, Regional Director for the Service’s Pacific Southwest Region. “By concentrating on wetlands acquisition and restoration, these projects will provide not only ecological benefits for California’s coasts, but economic and social benefits for years to come.”

NAWCA Projects Approved:

Klamath Basin Wetlands II
 
Federal grant: $1,000,000 Partner match: $2,063,939 Acreage: 11,515

The Klamath Basin Wetlands II Project will restore or enhance 11,515 acres including 8,327 acres of wetlands on seven tracts including two national wildlife refuges, one national forest, two state wildlife areas, one city municipality-owned property, and one private property. Habitat improvement to be accomplished by this project will benefit numerous waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds that use the Klamath Basin for migration, wintering, or breeding. This landscape is part of the Southern Oregon and Northeastern California landscape that supports 80% of the Pacific Flyway's pintails during spring migration and is one of the most important spring staging areas for waterfowl in North America.

Coastal Marin Wetlands Restoration Project II  
Federal grant: $998,900  Partner match: $1,998,852 Acreage: 552

This project aims to protect – through acquisition and restoration - estuarine, riparian and floodplain areas, with a goal of eliminating habitat fragmentation and establishing a network of healthy wetlands and adjacent habitats in Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  Partners will restore natural processes and transitional habitat to increase resilience to environmental change; augment forage for migratory birds; restore riparian corridors to benefit neotropical migrants, waterfowl, and endangered fish; and revitalize habitats for resident and wintering wildlife, including colonial waterbirds and threatened and endangered species.  More than 400 species of wildlife use habitats within the project area for wintering, migration, and/or breeding habitat.

Southern San Joaquin Valley Wetland Habitat Project, Phase I   
Federal grant: $1,000,000 Partner match: $1,071,931 Acreage: 4,189

Wetland restoration and enhancement projects within this grant proposal will occur on sites in Kern and Fresno Counties within the Southern San Joaquin Valley of California. The grant and associated funding is for projects on Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Mendota Wildlife Area and private lands. The projects will allow for broad landscape-based habitat improvements on 4,189 acres of habitat for migratory waterbirds and other wetland dependent wildlife, and it will help managers conserve water resources to ensure these habitats are available for wildlife for the long-term.  

Passed in 1989, NAWCA provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. More information about NAWCA grant programs and projects approved today is available on the Web at:  http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/Standard/index.shtm.  

Final funding for all NAWCA projects will be dependent on the final Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

Land Acquisition Project Approved:

Tulare Basin Wildlife Management Area
Funding: $1,425,700 Acreage: 656

This land acquisition project is funded by the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which includes proceeds from the sales of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, otherwise known as the Federal Duck Stamp. Funding in the amount of $1,425,700 will support the acquisition of 625 acres, or three perpetual conservation easements, as part of the Tulare Basin Wildlife Management Area in Kern and Tulare counties. These wetlands attract many waterfowl species, including northern pintails, northern shovelers, gadwalls, and green-winged teal. 

Additional information about the history of the ongoing efforts to conserve wetlands and waterfowl in the Service’s Pacific Southwest Region can be found at www.fws.gov/cno.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.  For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, www.fws.gov or www.fws.gov/cno