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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2011

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Ashley Spratt, 612-713-5314
Andy Forbes, 612-713-5364

Conservation Act designates nearly $1 million to bird habitat restoration and acquisition in Midwest

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region announced today the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) approved more than $930,000 in federal funding to help protect, restore and enhance wetlands and associated habitats across Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants program. The Federal grants are matched by more than $1.8 million in partner funds.
Each year, the Commission pre-approves the total amount of funding to be distributed to Small Grants projects in the next fiscal year. Final project selection authority is delegated to the Council, which then reports its selections back to the Commission.  For fiscal year 2011, the Commission authorized up to $5 million to fund projects nationally under the Small Grants program.

Projects funded with NAWCA Small Grants in the Midwest in fiscal year 2011 include:

ILLINOIS

Wet Meadow Restoration at Hennepin and Hopper Lakes
Grantee: The Wetlands Initiative
Partners: The Field Museum
Grant request/match/total: $75,000 NAWCA/$152,400/$227,400 total

This project will restore 120 acres of threatened wetland habitats within the 2600 acre Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin and Hopper Lakes, created and managed by the Wetlands Initiative and located in Putnam County, Ill. The invasive woody species will be removed and native species will be planted to restore wet prairie, marsh and meadow habitat which will benefit priority bird species including King Rail, Common Moorhen, Northern Pintail, Mallard and others.

Sangamon Bay and Treadway Lake Permanent Conservation Easements
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited
Grant request/match/total: $75,000 NAWCA/$138,100/$213,100

This project will protect 658 acres of wetland habitat along the Illinois River near its confluence with the Sangamon River.  Ducks Unlimited, Inc. will acquire two permanent conservation easements- the Sangamon Bay conservation easement (426 acres) and the Treadway Lake conservation easement (232 acres).

MICHIGAN

Schultz Lake Wetland Enhancement
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, Schultz Lake LLC
Grant request/match/total: $39,148 NAWCA/$39,326/$78,474

This project consists of a 37.6-acre wetland enhancement by providing improved water level management capability through the replacement of a failing water control structure . This enhanced palustrine emergent wetland will provide breeding and migration habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent migratory birds, such as Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, American Bittern and American Woodcock.  Additionally, biodiversity will be increased within the Fall Creek watershed by restoring passage for fish and other aquatic species.

WISCONSIN

Marsh Road Acquisition and Restoration of the Lower Wolf River Bottom Wildlife Area
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Partners: Wisconsin DNR, WI Waterfowl Association, Shadows on the Wolf
Grant request/match/total: $51,500 NAWCA /$99,200/$150,700

The purpose of this project is to permanently protect and restore 44.55 acres of former wetlands adjacent to  the Lower Wolf River Bottoms Natural Resources Area (LWRBNRA) and Wolf River Wildlife Area (WRWA) that, combined, encompass 3,385 acres.

Meadow Valley Flowage Wetland Enhancement Project-Phase II
Grantee:  Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: Wisconsin DNR
Grant request/match/total: $75,000 NAWCA/$80,708/$155,708

The purpose of this project is to enhance 655 acres of key waterfowl production and migration habitat at Meadow Valley Wildlife Area. This will be accomplished by enhancing hydrology and management capacity within the Southeast Refuge, Northeast Refuge and Southeast wetlands of Meadow Valley Flowage. The end result of this project will be a reliable water management infrastructure that will allow the DNR to manage and maintain diverse and productive wetland communities for breeding and migrating waterfowl and other wildlife.

Northwest Wisconsin Wetland and Grassland Program – Phase II
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: Wisconsin DNR
Grant request/match/total: $68,646 NAWCA /$68,646/$137,292

This project will restore 60 acres of shallow emergent wetlands and restore or enhance 150 acres of native grasslands.  This project is part of a larger regional effort to restore wetland and native grassland habitats in northwest Wisconsin, an area historically dominated by pothole type wetlands shaped by the last glacier and provides habitat for waterfowl and other wetland and grassland wildlife species.

Wisconsin Private Land Wetland Restoration Project
Grantee: Wisconsin Waterfowl Association
Partners: Pheasants Forever, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Grant request/match/total: $50,000 NAWCA/$60,550/$110,550

This project will directly benefit waterfowl species, including: breeding habitat for Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, Wood Ducks and Canada Geese; foraging and migratory stop-over habitat for a variety of waterfowl. The project involves the removal of drain tile, filling of drainage ditches, removal of sedimentation from underlying historic hydric soils and reconnection of floodplain wetlands. The grassland plantings will help reduce erosion and sedimentation into streams and wetland basins. Increased water quality and surface water infiltration, flood abatement and ground water recharge will all have positive effects on habitat quality beyond the identified restoration sites.

MINNESOTA

RasLynn Waterfowl Complex Addition
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Grant request/match/total: $75,000 NAWCA/$211,600/$286,600

The RasLynn Addition acquisition will permanently protect 88 acres directly adjacent to the 1,300 acre RasLynn WMA. This complex is complemented by the 226 acre Barber Lake WPA and over 300 acres of private wetland/upland easements.

Rich Valley Waterfowl Complex Addition
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Grant request/match/total: $75,000 NAWCA/$186,000/$261,000

The Rich Valley Addition acquisition will permanently protect 80 acres within an established and growing habitat complex. The proposal property is within 4 miles of 19 existing permanently protected habitat complexes that include Waterfowl Production Areas, Wildlife Management Areas, and federal and state easements.

Madrena WMA Addition
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Grant request/match/total: $75,000 NAWCA/$277,000/$352,000

The purpose of this project is to protect key wetland-grassland complexes and provide waterfowl and grassland birds with high-quality nesting cover.  Pheasants Forever will acquire 160 acres and subsequently donate the property to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for enrollment in the DNR’s Wildlife Management Area System.  This area provides critical staging and migratory habitats for Lesser scaup, Canvasbacks, Ring-necked Ducks, and other waterfowl.

Wild Wings WMA Addition
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
Grant request/match/total: $75,000 NAWCA/$99,866/$174,866

This project will support the acquisition of 50 acres adjacent to the existing 112 acre Wild Wings WMA that has significant palustrine emergent wetlands. Along with providing enduring waterfowl, water quality, and wildlife benefits, the subject property will add much need adjacent upland habitat to the existing wetlands. The purpose of this project is to protect key wetland- grassland complexes and provide nesting waterfowl and other grassland nesting birds with high quality nesting cover adjacent to wetlands.

Wolf Lake WPA
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited
Grant request/match/total: $75,000 NAWCA//$233,875/$308,875

This project will enhance 148 acres in three large prairie wetland basins on Wolf Lake WPA through the engineering and installation of water control structures, pumps, and fish barriers to provide managers with the physical ability to conduct temporary water level draw-downs and rejuvenate the aquatic ecology of each area. This improved wetland habitat condition will benefit wetland dependent migratory birds during both spring and fall migration, and during the breeding season by providing improved brood rearing habitat

Fenmont WMA
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Grant request/match/total: $75,000 NAWCA/$162,566/$237,566

This project will restore the wetland hydrology to a 40-acre drained basin and provide the Minnesota DNR with the water level management capability required to actively manage this wetland basin for optimal migratory bird brood-rearing and migration habitat. Ducks Unlimited will conduct a bio-engineering survey and design of the drained wetland, and will install a variable crest sheet-pile weir water level control structure to restore the hydrology of the site.

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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