A total of $24.6 million in funding was approved for the following 24 projects on November 13, 2014. Project partners are contributing $57.5 million in matching funds to affect 130,758 acres of habitat. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2015/Window 1 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.

ARKANSAS
Project: Arkansas Mississippi Alluvial Valley Protection, Restoration and Enhancement II.
Location: Arkansas, Clay, Monroe and White Counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 2.
Grantees: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Partners: Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission; Wetlands America Trust; Friends of White River National Wildlife Refuge; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,589,049.
Acres: 2,147.
Joint Venture Region: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26-Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
This project will meet objectives for migratory bird management in the Lower Mississippi Valley by conserving four tracts of land in an Arkansas Natural Area. The grantee will protect 498 acres, restore 690 acres, and enhance 959 of the protected and restored acres, conserving wetlands in the White River National Wildlife Refuge and other areas. The conserved land will provide foraging, nesting, and roosting habitat for priority waterfowl species including the Northern Pintail, American Black Duck, Greater Scaup, American Wigeon, Hooded Merganser, and Green-winged Teal. The project will also benefit 30 other species of shorebirds, landbirds, and other waterbirds that depend on this land
CALIFORNIA
Project: Mid-Valley Wetland Habitat Project, Phase III.
Location: Merced County.
Congressional District: 18.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Partners: California Department of Fish and Wildlife; Esgibago Land & Cattle Company; Fagundes Ranch Duck Club; Grassland Water District; Industrial City Cattle Ranch; Liatnip, INC.; Los Banos Duck Club; M&M Farms; Midway Land & Cattle; Santa Fe Land & Cattle Co.; South City Farms; Sweetwater; Wildlife Conservation Board.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $838,350.
Matching Funds: $1,596,134.
Acres: 4,436.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
This project will restore 541 acres and enhance 3,895 acres in one of the most important wintering areas for waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway, the San Joaquin basin of California’s Central Valley. Sixty percent of the flyway’s waterfowl population (20% of the continental population) migrate or spend the winter in the Central Valley. Partners will create new habitats for migratory birds and improve existing wetlands by planting native vegetation, increasing the water supply, and improving infrastructure for wetland management.
Project: Southern San Joaquin Valley Wetland Habitat Project, Phase III.
Location: Fresno, Kern, and Tulare Counties.
Congressional District: 20 and 23.
Grantee: California Waterfowl Association.
Partners: 120 Duck Club; Audubon Society, Kern Chapter; California Department of Fish and Wildlife; California Wildlife Conservation Board; Dos Coyotes Duck Club; Hog Island Hunt Club; Kern River Corridor Endowment & Holding Company, Inc.; SWALTUO Duck Club; Westside Waterfowl & Hunt Club.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $900,000.
Matching Funds: $2,284,461.
Acres: 5,463.
Joint Venture Region: Central Valley.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 32-Coastal California.
The San Joaquin Basin historically contained the largest freshwater wetland habitat west of the Missisippie River--up to 500,000 acres in some years--but reclamation for agriculture reduced the wetland extent to less than 25,000 acres at the turn of the century, eliminating the natural water flow. This project will re-establish wetlands and increase resources for migrating, wintering, and breeding waterbirds. The grantee will permanently protect 1,669 acres, and restore and enhance an additional 3,794 acres (including 666 acres of the protected lands) by improving the infrastructure needed to manage water supplies throughout the area.
IOWA
Project: Iowa Mississippi River Valley.
Location: Lee, Des Moines, Louisa, Muscatine, Scott, Clinton, and Jackson Counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 2.
Grantee: Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Partners:The Nature Conservancy; Private landowners;         Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation; Pheasants Forever, Jackson County Chapter; Ducks Unlimited; Waterfowl USA, Quad Cities Chapter; Pheasants Forever, Iowa State Council; Quad City Conservation Alliance; Pheasants Forever, Aldo Leopold Chapter; Waterfowl USA, Mississippi Flyway Chapter; Tri Rivers Conservation Foundation; Mississippi Valley Callers Association; Delta Waterfowl, Aldo Leopold Chapter; Des Moines County Conservation Board; Izaak Walton League, Louisa County Chapter.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,301,687.
Acres: 3,172.
Joint Venture Region: Upper Mississippi River/Great Lakes.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 22 – Eastern Tallgrass Prairie.
This project will permanently protect 2,655 acres and enhance 517 acres in the floodplain of the Central Mississippi River in Iowa. The project area includes two National Wildlife Refuges and a Wetland of International Importance, both in an important migration corridor. Reclaiming wetland areas that have been converted to agriculture, this project is the first step in restoring part of the migratory habitat for Canvasback, Tundra Swan, Lesser Scaup, and other species. The grantee will manage existing flood control levees to provide dependable wetland habitat for birds.
KANSAS
Project: Kansas Prairie Wetlands.
Location: Barton, Chase, Cherokee, McPherson, Neosho, and Stafford Counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2 and 4.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy; Natural Resource Damage Assessment Board of Trustees; Kansas Department of Wildlife; George Stumps Trust; Neosho County; Kansas Alliance of Wetlands and Streams; National Wild Turkey Federation; Kansas Wildlife Federation; Barton County; Watershed Land Trust.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,0000.
Matching Funds: $2,389,847.
Acres: 10,561.
Joint Venture Region: Playa Lakes.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 19-Central Mixed Grass Prairie.
This project will protect, restore, and enhance 10,561 acres of wetlands that provide a critical link between breeding areas in the Prairie Pothole region, migratory stopover areas in the Rainwater Basin, and wintering habitats along the Gulf Coast in Texas. The grantee will restore structures to manage water flows, conserving wetlands, grasslands, riparian areas, and woodlands. This will increase available habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, songbirds, and raptors, including threatened species such as Whooping Crane, Least Tern, and Piping Plover.
KANSAS, NEBRASKA
Project: Central Flyway Migration Corridor.
Location: Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Franklin, Gosper, Kearney, Phelps, Nuckolls, and York Counties, Nebraska; Republic and Cloud Counties, Kansas.
Congressional District: 1 and 3, Nebraska; 1, Kansas.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: Rainwater Basin Joint Venture; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism; Nebraska Environmental Trust; The Nature Conservancy; Tri-Basin Natural Resources District; Nebraska Game and Parks Commission; Playa Lakes Joint Venture; Nuckolls County, Board of Commissioners; Westar Energy; National Wild Turkey Federation; Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams; Pheasants Forever; Republic County Commission.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,0000.
Matching Funds: $2,193,087.
Acres: 5,119.
Joint Venture Region: Rainwater Basin.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 19-Central Mixed Grass Prairie.
This effort brings together an extensive list of partners to achieve diverse wetland conservation results at a landscape scale. The grantee will conserve 4,279 acres and enhance 840 acres of the conserved land. The project will permanently protect 382 acres of wetlands, much of which will be added to the Talmo Marsh Wildlife Management Area. Conducting 15 individual projects to restore and enhance wetland habitat conditions, the grantee will also plant new vegetation to support foraging birds during spring migration. Mallard, pintail, and White-Fronted Goose populations greatly depend on these habitats in the Rainwater Basin, as do shorebirds.
LOUISIANA
Project: Bayou L’Ours Marsh Terracing.
Location: Lafourche Parish.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: Louisiana Land and Exploration; Lafourche Parish Government; Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation; Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $973,096.
Matching Funds: $1,946,191.
Acres: 1,384.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
This project will restore 1,254 acres of coastal marsh and 130 acres of sand dunes in southeast Louisiana. Approximately 75% of the marsh vegetation in the project area has died. The restoration will restore native plant communities using terraces. Marsh terraces use existing soil to create long, linear segments of marsh that are aligned to reduce the effect of erosion, resulting in calm water that promotes the growth of aquatic vegetation. This will create migration and wintering habitat for priority waterfowl and as many as 40 species of other wetland birds, along with alligators, shrimp, blue craps, and other animals.
Project: Bayou Sauvage Protection.
Location: Orleans, Livingston, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Ascension Parishes.
Congressional District: 2 and 6.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Partners: The Conservation Fund.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $888,735.
Matching Funds: $2,000,000.
Acres: 30,239.
Joint Venture Region: Gulf Coast.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie.
This project will protect and restore 30,239 acres of wetlands in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, where marsh habitats have been lost due to sea level rise, severe weather, and development. This area supports breeding Wood Ducks, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and Mottled Ducks, as well as wintering waterfowl. The 30,084 acres of protected land, adjacent to Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, will be managed as part of the refuge after they are acquired. Another 155 acres currently overrun with invasive Chinese tallow will be planted and restored to natural vegetation types, hardwood forest and bald cypress swamp.
Project: Wham Brake Hydrology Enhancement.
Location: Morehouse and Ouachita Parishes.
Congressional District: 5.
Grantee: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Partners: Wetlands America Trust; Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,100,000.
Acres 8,547.
Joint Venture Region: Lower Mississippi Valley.
Flyway: Mississippi.
BCR: 26-Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
This project will protect 4,950 acres encompassing Wham Brake, a water body northeast of Monroe, Louisiana. The grantee will enhance 3,597 acres of the protected area, which will be permanently held by the state, allowing public access for hunting and fishing. The grantee will restore water flows to the area by repairing water management infrastructure, which will improve water quality and flood control for local communities as well. The improved habitat will benefit tens of thousands of birds, particularly dabbling ducks and migrating shorebirds.
MINNESOTA
Project: Southern Red River Valley Wetlands.
Location: Clay, Norman, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties.
Congressional District: 7.
Grantee: Pheasants Forever.
Partners: Outdoor Heritage Fund; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; The Nature Conservancy; Apple Auto Group; Private landowner.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $993,723.
Matching Funds: $3,341,458.
Acres 2,101.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This project focuses on the Northern Tallgrass Prairie, an area undergoing extensive conversion to agriculture, at rates not seen in decades. Grant funding in this region is critical to driving matching funds and conservation efforts. The grantee will acquire 1,597 acres in land purchases and 210 acres in conservation easements. They will also restore 294 acres on lands open to the public by improving water flow and planting native prairie seeds. This project will improve breeding waterfowl habitat and create a functional landscape for wildlife.
MONTANA
Project: Crown of the Continent East.
Location: Lewis and Clark, Teton, Pondera, and Glacier Counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Partners: Trout Unlimited; Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; The Nature Conservancy; Wyss Foundation.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,133,770.
Acres: 8,610.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 10-Northern Rockies.
This project will permanently protect 8,610 acres along the Rocky Mountain Front that are important to migratory birds. The land includes native grasslands, wetlands, and streams, as well as the only remaining open plains grizzly bear habitat. It includes six National Wildlife Refuge properties and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Of the 220 bird species found in the area 145 breed there, including over a dozen duck species, 11 shorebird species, and 21 species of raptors. Thousands of Snow Goose and Trumpeter Swan migrate through the area, as well as significant populations of American White Pelican and Sandhill Crane. The native prairie habitat to be protected is home to declining and priority grassland bird species such as Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Burrowing Owl, Sprague’s Pipit, and Bobolink.
Project: Glaciated Valleys of Northwest Montana – Phase III.
Location: Flathead, Lake, & Missoula Counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Flathead Land Trust.
Partners: Private landowners; Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks; Montana Conservation Corps; Montana Watershed Coordination Council; Flathead Lakers; Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $993,700.
Matching Funds: $6,007,480.*
Acres: 1,557.
Joint Venture Region: Intermountain West.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 10-Northern Rockies.
This project brings together public agencies, non-profit organizations, private landowners, and Tribes to protect and restore wetlands in Montana, with a focus on declining habitat types. The project will protect 1,351 acres of wetlands and seasonally flooded agricultural lands. The land includes several rare habitat types (aspen seeps, glacial potholes, and skunk cabbage) that provide important habitat for wintering waterfowl and wading birds as well as nesting and migrating waterbirds. The grantee will also restore 206 acres used by significant numbers of waterfowl during migration.
Project: Montana Hi-Line Prairie Wetland V.
Location: Sheridan, Roosevelt, Daniels, Valley, Phillips, Blaine, Hill, Liberty, and Toole Counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Partners: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; Pheasants Forever; Private landowner.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,012,000.
Acres: 7,244.*
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This project continues the efforts of a core group of partners in northern Montana, which has worked for 28 years with local ranchers and farmers to reduce conversion of native prairie to cropland. This grant will protect, restore, or enhance 7,244 acres of productive wetland and grassland habitat, including nesting beaches for over 90% of Montana’s breeding population of the threatened Piping Plover.  This will benefit species such as Mallard, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Red-headed Woodpecker, Marbled Godwit, Willet, Semipalmated Sandpiper, American Bittern, Black Tern, Nelson’s Sparrow, Sedge Wren, and White Pelican.
NEW JERSEY
Project: Southeast New Jersey Coastal Initiative II.
Location: Cape May and Cumberland Counties.
Congressional District: 2.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection; The Conservation Fund; The Nature Conservancy; American Littoral Society.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $4,971,634.
Acres: 1,673.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coasts.
This is the second phase of a project to protect critical habitat on the southeastern New Jersey coast. This phase will permanently protect 1,673 acres, adding a large portion of the land to the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. This land in the outer coastal plain of the Cape May peninsula includes a variety of habitats: pine-oak forest, coastal plain forest, and sweet gum and red maple swamp. Protecting the area will benefit American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Red Knot, Forester’s Tern, Gull-billed Tern, American Woodcock, Black Rail, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Eastern Kingbird, and other species.
NEW YORK
Project: St. Lawrence River/Thousands Islands.
Location: Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.
Congressional District: 23.
Grantees: Thousand Islands Land Trust; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Ontario Bays Initiative, Inc.; Indian River Lakes Conservancy
Partners: Private landowner; Town of Clayton; Jefferson County; St. Lawrence County; Onondega Audubon.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,136,773.
Acres: 2,133.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 13-Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Plain.
This project takes place on the St. Lawrence Plain, one of the most important duck breeding habitats in the eastern United States. The grantees will protect, restore, and enhance 2,133 acres on 15 tracts of marsh habitat, forested wetlands, scrub-shrub wetlands, riparian wetlands, grasslands, scrublands, and forests. This project will also protect 12 miles of undeveloped shoreline and river corridors along the Indian River, St. Lawrence River, and Lake Ontario, along with three islands and five bays. The area provides important breeding, migrating, and wintering habitat for priority waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, raptors, and landbirds, including Canada Goose, Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck, Short-billed Dowitcher, Sanderling, Virginia Rail, Bald Eagle, and Golden-winged and Cerulean Warblers.
NORTH CAROLINA
Project: Northeast Cape Fear River Corridor Project.
Location: Pender County.
Congressional District: 3.
Grantee: North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.
Partners: HVW Legacy Holdings; North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,550,000.
Acres: 4,310.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
This project will permanently protect 4,310 acres in the Northeast Cape Fear River Corridor, including seven miles of riverfront. The land to be protected includes 2,430 acres of decreasing wetland types, including cypress gum swamp, bottomland hardwood, and pocosin wetlands. Six threatened and endangered species will benefit from this grant: Red-cockaded Woodpecker, American alligator, Wood Stork, rough-leaved loosestrife, Atlantic sturgeon, and shortnose sturgeon. It will also provide habitat for Mallard, American Black Duck, Lesser Scaup, Northern Pintail, Swallow-tailed Kite, Swainson’s Warbler, and other priority bird species.
NORTH DAKOTA
Project: Missouri Coteau Habitat Conservation Project –XIII.
Location: Burke.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: Private landowners; Grohne Family Foundation.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $2,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,017,604.
Acres: 10,074.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This is phase 13 of an ongoing project to protect wetland and grassland communities in the Missouri Coteau Region of North Dakota. This phase will protect 10,074 acres through conservation easements, and the land will be added to the National Wildlife Refuge System. The grantee will focus on seasonal and temporary wetland basins at risk of being drained, filled, or degraded by agricultural practices. By protecting the native prairie surrounding these wetlands, the project will also conserve nesting habitat and minimize the runoff of harmful chemicals to the wetlands.
OREGON
Project: Willamette Valley Partnership II.
Location: Washington, Polk, Marion, Benton, Linn, and Lane Counties.
Congressional District: 1, 4 and 5.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: Eugene Public Works; Oregon Parks and Recreation Department; Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board; Greenbelt Land Trust; Willamette River Keeper; McKenzie River Trust; Benton Soil and Water Conservation District; Mike Shippey/Private Landowner; Long Tom Watershed Council.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,246,699.
Acres: 1,031.
Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast.
Flyway: Pacific.
BCR: 5-Northern Pacific Rainforest.
This project is the second in a three-phase effort to conserve wetlands in the Willamette Valley of western Oregon and to create a waterfowl migration and wintering corridor running the length of the valley. The grantee and partners seek to create seven publicly owned and managed wetland complexes in total, three of which are included in the current project. This project will protect, restore, and enhance 937 acres, and restore 94 of the protected acres, focusing on native forested and wet prairie wetlands, river corridors, and forested uplands that support diverse fish and wildlife species.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project: Coastal South Carolina Wetlands Partners.
Location: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester,  Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, Williamsburg Counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2, 5 and 6.
Grantee: Winyah River Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.
Partners: South Carolina Conservation Bank; Wetlands America Trust; Pee Dee Land Trust; Nature Conservancy of Canada.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,077,000.
Acress: 2,624.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
This project will permanently protect strategic tracts of forested wetlands, freshwater marsh, hardwood forest, and other bird habitats in the coastal plain of South Carolina. Through easements and land purchases, the grantee will acquire seven tracts totaling 2,624 acres in the Southern Lowcountry. The acquisition will include a natural area next to the Black River, returning it to public use for Georgetown County residents. This and two of the grant match tracts will provide opportunities for environmental education, hunting, fishing, bird watching, and other outdoor recreation activities.
Project: Lowcountry Protection .
Location: Beaufort, Dorchester, and Hampton Counties.
Congressional District: 6.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: Nemours Wildlife Foundation; Wetlands America Trust; Dorchester County Conservation Commission; Glover Real Estate LLC (Private Landowner);  The Nature Conservancy; South Carolina State Conservation Bank.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $2,060,116.
Acres: 12,445.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
This is the first of several project phases to permanently protect coastal areas in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. This phase will protect 2,445 acres of the Nemours Plantation on the Combahee River next to the ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge. The area is at risk for sea level rise due to climate change, and protecting these wetlands will ensure continued habitat availability for breeding, migrating, and wintering birds. The project will benefit priority waterfowl species including American Black Duck, Mottled Duck, Mallard, and American Wigeon, as well as other migratory birds such as Swallow-tailed Kite, Prothonotary Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Wood Thrush, Black-bellied Plover, American Avocet, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, and Semipalmated Sandpiper.
Project: South Carolina Coastal Refuges Partnership II.
Location: Beaufort, Charleston, and Marion Counties.
Congressional District: 1, 2, and 6.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Partners: Charleston County Greenbelt Program; Ducks Unlimited; Pee Dee Land Trust; The Nature Conservancy; South Eastern Wildlife and Environment Education Association.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,506,000.
Acress: 2,254.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
This project is the second part of a three-phase effort to permanently protect and enhance four tracts in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. These tracts include forested wetlands, tidal freshwater marsh, salt marsh, maritime forest, and hardwood forest. The land will be added to the Lowcountry National Wildlife Refuge Complex and will provide a buffer against sea level rise and increasing salinity due to climate change. Grant funds will be used to enhance 1,424 acres to benefit breeding, migrating, and wintering birds, and matching donations will permanently protect 830 acres. All the land provides habitat for migratory waterfowl, songbirds, and threatened species.
Project: South Carolina Lowcountry Wetlands VI.
Location: Charleston, Colleton, and Georgetown Counties.
Congressional District: 1 and 6.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: Dewees Island Conservancy; Dewees Island Property Owners Association; South Carolina Conservation Bank; South Carolina Department of Natural Resources; The Nature Conservancy; Wetlands America Trust; Private landowner.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,796,536.
Acres: 2,783.
Joint Venture Region: Atlantic Coast.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
This project is part of a nationally recognized wetland conservation effort encompassing 3,000,000 acres across 14 coastal counties. The permanent protection of undeveloped, privately owned wetland systems benefits waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, songbirds and other native species while preserving natural landscapes and outdoor heritage. In the Lowcountry of South Carolina, intense development pressure threatens fragile coastal habitat. This project will protect 754 acres and enhance 2,029 acres on five tracts of land, providing increased foraging and nesting habitat for migratory bird species.
SOUTH DAKOTA
Project: Central South Dakota Wetlands And Prairies.
Location: Campbell, McPherson, Brown, Walworth, Edmunds, Potter, Faulk, Spink, Sully, Hughes, Hyde, Hand, Beadle, Buffalo, Jerauld, Sanborn, Brule, Aurora, Davison, Hanson, Charles Mix, Douglas, Hutchinson, Bon Homme, and Yankton Counties.
Congressional District: 1.
Grantee: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: Private landowners; South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks; Northern South Dakota Chapter of Pheasants Forever.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $1,000,000.
Matching Funds: $1,014,604.
Acres: $8,410.
Joint Venture Region: Prairie Pothole.
Flyway: Central.
BCR: 11-Prairie Potholes.
This project focuses on the Prairie Pothole Region, west of the James River in South Dakota. This habitat includes the Missouri Coteau, one of the most important waterfowl breeding areas in North America. This grant will permanently protect 3,651 acres of wetlands and adjacent grasslands to be managed as Game Production Areas. Funds will also be used to restore and enhance 4,759 acres of temporary, seasonal, and semi-permanent wetlands currently at risk of conversion to cropland. The grasslands are native prairie and provide important nesting habitat for numerous species of migratory birds, while increasing water quality.
TENNESSEE
Project: West Tennessee Wetlands Enhancement Project.
Location: Dyer, Fayette, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion and Shelby Counties.
Congressional District: 7, 8, and 9.
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Partners: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; West Tennessee Basin Authority; National Wild Turkey Federation; Tennessee Department of Agriculture; Private landowner.
Approved: November 2014.
Grant: $999,900.
Matching Funds: $2,263,507.
Acres: 2,441.
Joint Venture Region: Lower Mississippi Valley and East Gulf Coastal Plain.
Flyway: Atlantic.
BCR: 27-Southeast Coastal Plain.
In western Tennessee, six public and private partners have developed a landscape approach to conserve wetlands and adjacent uplands in the Lower Missisippi Alluvial Valley and the East Gulf Coastal Plain. The project will protect 866 acres, restore 951 acres, and enhance 624 acres on 14 tracts across several state wildlife management areas. This will begin to compensate for the loss of seasonally flooded wetlands due to agriculture and development in forested wetlands. It will enhance water quality, and reduce flooding and runoff, benefiting 20 priority species of migratory birds.

* Adjusted figures. Original figures in MBCC Blue Book reported incorrectly.

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