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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2010

Contact:
Rachel F. Levin, 703-358-2405
Ashley Spratt, 612-713-5314

Nearly $1.7 Million for Wetlands Acquisition and Restoration in the Midwest


Midwest Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tom Melius announced today more than $665,000 in funding under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grant Program for 13 projects, which will benefit a total of more than 4,200 acres of wetlands and associated habitat in the Midwest. Partners will contribute more than $2 million to support these projects.

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) also approved recently a
$1 million Standard Grant under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative/NAWCA grants program for the Wisconsin Glacial Habitat Restoration Area Project that will acquire, restore and enhance 1,302 acres in Wisconsin. Partners will contribute more than $2 million to this project.

The Glacial Habitat Restoration Area grant was funded by the President’s 2010 Budget, which provided $475 million for the Environmental Protection Agency –led, interagency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. A portion of those funds were provided to the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund for priority wetland habitat projects.

U.S. Small Grant Projects Funded in Midwest Region

Big Kandi WPA Land Acquisitions Project – Minnesota
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc. (60 acres)
$75,000 NAWCA funding, $150,000 partner match

Chichaqua Bottoms Enhancement Project – Iowa
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited (1,161 acres)
$56,750 NAWCA funding, $56,750 partner match

Dekalb County Potholes – Illinois
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc. (80 acres)
$75,000 NAWCA funding, $417,500 partner match

Field B Habitat Project – Indiana

Grantee: Ducks Unlimited (898 acres)
$10,932 NAWCA funding, $10,932 partner match

Headwater Wetlands of the Paw Paw River – Michigan
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy (59 acres)
$72,458 NAWCA funding, $100,000 partner match

Kirby Addition to Chub Lake WMA Complex – Minnesota

Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc. (156 acres)
$75,000 NAWCA funding, $703,000 partner match

Leopold/Pine Island Important Bird Area – Wisconsin

Grantee: Aldo Leopold Foundation (80 acres)
$75,000 NAWCA funding, $225,000 partner match

Lower Chippewa River Land Acquisition – Wisconsin

Grantee: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (182 acres)
$75,000 NAWCA funding, $239,500 partner match

Minnesota Prairie Pothole Restoration Partnership – Minnesota

Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Detroit Lakes WMD (40 acres)
$75,000 NAWCA funding, $75,000 partner match

Otter Lake – Illinois

Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc. (222 acres)
$75,000 NAWCA funding, $175,000 partner match

Prairie Storm WPA Addition – Minnesota
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc. (78 acres)
$75,000 NAWCA funding, $153,500 partner match

Scuppernong River Habitat Area Phase III – Wisconsin
Grantee: Kettle Moraine Natural History Association (100 acres)
$75,000 NAWCA funding, $75,000 partner match

Southern Minnesota Marshes – Minnesota
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited (1,119 acres)
$75,000 NAWCA funding, 168,054 partner match


The Commission includes congressional members, including Representative John Dingell of Michigan, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, as well as state representatives serving as ex officio members who vote on projects located within their respective states.

More information about the approved NAWCA grant programs and projects is available on the Web at: http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/index.shtm.

 

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