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Midwest Region

 

For Immediate Release
September 20, 2013                           

Contact: 
Valerie R. Redmond 612-713-5316
valerie_redmond@fws.gov

Barbara Jones (612) 713-5433
barbara_jones@fws.gov
           

Midwest to Benefit from Nearly $15 Million in Funding To Conserve Bird Habitat

Black-throated Green Warbler. Photo by James O. Durbin/USFWS.
Black-throated Green Warbler. Photo by James O. Durbin/USFWS.

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved nearly $4 million in funding for the protection of more than 7,850 acres of habitat in the Midwest. As part of the grants, project partners are providing $10,959,506 in matching project funds.

Partners in the Midwest received funding via the North American Wetlands Conservation Act for the following projects:

Bottomlands of the Great Rivers (Illinois, Missouri)
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Funds awarded/match: $1,000,000/$2,085,093

This project will protect, restore, and enhance 2,890 acres of waterfowl and waterbird breeding, migration, and wintering habitat within the largest river corridor in the Midwest, where development has resulted in loss of historic wetlands, erosion, and runoff. 

Upper Iowa Prairie Pothole Partnership – Phase III (Iowa)
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Funds awarded/match: $1,000,000/$2,825,000

Iowa’s Prairie Pothole Region is a geographic priority wetlands area for North American ducks, geese, and swans.  Local partners will use grant 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. 

Lower Grand River Basin (Missouri)
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Funds awarded/match: $1,000,000/$2,141,230

This project will restore and enhance 1,890 acres of wetland habitat on 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. 

Cedar-Wapsi Valley Wetlands III (Iowa)
Grantee: Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Funds awarded/match: $1,000,000/$3,908,183

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. Protection of wetlands in this flood-prone area will assist landowners in shifting agricultural operations to areas less likely to be impacted by catastrophic floods, and will also demonstrate how wetland and grassland restoration can improve flood control, mitigate flood damages, and reduce the need for disaster payments.

“Working with partners is a critical conservation strategy with continental benefits,” said Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “This funding reinforces our mission to conserve and protect surrogate species that migrate in and throughout the Americas.”
  
For additional details about these projects, visit http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/Standard/US/2013_Sept.shtm

More information about the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and its U.S. Standard Grants program, including individual summaries of projects announced today, is available at: http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/Standard/US/

 

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Last updated: November 4, 2013