NAWCA Project Summaries

April 2015

A total of $25 million in funding was approved for the following 24 projects on April 29, 2015. Project partners are contributing $58 million in matching funds to affect 85,000 acres of habitat. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2015/Window 2 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.

U.S. Standard Grants
CALIFORNIA
Project Name Northeastern California Wetland Habitat Project Phase III
Location (County) CA-LASSEN, CA-MODOC
Congressional District CA-01
Grantee Organization CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION
Project Officer Chadd Santerre
Grantee Email chadd_santerre@calwaterfowl.org
Partner Name STA-CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE, CON-CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION, STA-CALIFORNIA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), STA-SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $858,227
Proposed Match Amount $1,300,327
Acres Affected 3,809
Joint Venture INTERMOUNTAIN WEST
Flyway Pacific
Bird Conservation Region BCR 9-Great Basin

The Southern Oregon and Northeastern California region is identified as the most important fall and spring habitat complex within the Pacific Flyway, supporting an estimated 80% of the Pacific Flyway’s waterfowl. Activities will restore and enhance wetlands, forested habitats and associated upland cover. These projects will provide increased fall/spring staging, foraging and breeding resources to waterfowl on both public and private lands.

Project Name San Francisco Bay Multi-Habitat Enhancement Project
Location (County) CA-ALAMEDA, CA-CONTRA COSTA, CA-MARIN, CA-SAN MATEO, CA-SANTA CLARA
Congressional District CA-02, CA-11, CA-13, CA-14, CA-15
Grantee Organization CALIFORNIA STATE COASTAL CONSERVANCY
Project Officer Marilyn Latta
Grantee Email mlatta@scc.ca.gov
Partner Name CON-CALIFORNIA STATE COASTAL CONSERVANCY, STA-CALIFORNIA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD, CON-HANFORD ARC, LOC-SAN MATEO COUNTY HARBOR DISTRICT, SCH-UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $500,000
Proposed Match Amount $1,006,000
Acres Affected 230
Joint Venture SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Flyway Pacific
Bird Conservation Region BCR 32-Coastal California
This project is designed to restore intertidal and subtidal habitats, and create connectivity between submerged areas and adjacent tidal wet- lands and creeks to benefit waterfowl, shorebirds, and other tidal marsh-dependent species. Project tasks include revegetation of native Pacific cordgrass, marsh gumplant, and eelgrass, and installation of shallow subtidal native Olympia oyster reefs as part of an integrated habitat enhancement design. The Project Area is part of the larger SFB ecosystem that provides critical foraging, roosting, nesting, breeding, and high tide habitat for waterfowl, wading birds, shore- birds, fish, & other water-associated wildlife. The project area comprises seven tracts totaling 230 acres of tidal marsh, intertidal oyster reefs and aquatic beds in San Francisco Bay managed by local, state, and federal partners.
Project Name Suisun Marsh Wetland Enhancement Project
Location (County) CA-CONTRA COSTA, CA-SOLANO
Congressional District CA-05, CA-11
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Jeff McCreary
Grantee Email jmccreary@ducks.org
Partner Name STA-CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE, STA-CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES, PRO-CALIFORNIA LAND & WATER COMPANY, STA-CALIFORNIA NATURAL RESOURCES AGENCY, CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, PRO-GOODYEAR LAND & DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, OTH-ISLAND CLUB, LOC-RECLAMATION DISTRICT 1607, CON-SUISUN MARSH MANAGEMENT
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $998,400
Proposed Match Amount $2,033,756
Acres Affected 3,763
Joint Venture CENTRAL VALLEY, SAN FRANCISCO BAY
Flyway Pacific
Bird Conservation Region BCR 32-Coastal California
The Suisun Marsh is a 116,000 acre natural wetland complex comprising tidal sloughs, bays, managed wetlands and associated uplands just west of the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. It is the largest contiguous brackish marsh in the United States, representing about 12 percent of the remaining natural wetlands in California. This project will enhance 3,430 acres of wetlands, 273 acres open water, and 51 acres of associated uplands in a region of continental importance to all the major bird groups. The project includes one public wildlife area, three private properties, one reclamation district and one municipality.
INDIANA
Project Name Northeast Morainal Wetlands
Location (County) IN-ALLEN, IN-DE KALB, IN-ELKHART, IN-FULTON, IN-KOSCIUSKO, IN-LAGRANGE, IN-MARSHALL, IN-NOBLE, IN-ST. JOSEPH, IN-STEUBEN, IN-WHITLEY
Congressional District IN-02, IN-03
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Michael Sertle
Grantee Email msertle@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-ACRES LAND TRUST, PRO-AGRIDRAIN, STA-BICENTENNIAL NATURE TRUST, CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, PRO-HIXSON SAND & GRAVEL, INC. , STA-INDIANA DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES, DIV STATE PARKS & RESERV, STA-INDIANA DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES, DIV. OF FISH & WILDLIFE, STA-INDIANA DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES, DIV. OF NATURE PRESERVES, STA-INDIANA DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES, LAKES & RIVERS ENH PRGM, CON-INDIANA NATURAL RESOURCES FOUNDATION, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC. (NE INDIANA CHAPTER), PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), LOC-STEUBEN COUNTY SURVEYORS OFFICE
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,022,361
Acres Affected 1,600
Joint Venture UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER-GREATLAKES
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 22-Eastern Tallgrass Prairie, BCR 23-Prairie Hardwood Transition
This proposal focuses on wetland and upland habitat protection, restoration, and enhancement within the eleven northeastern-most counties of Indiana, in an area dotted with glacial lakes and pothole wetlands. The area faces continuing danger of new agricultural development, the conversion of farmland to residential areas, the expansion of commercial development, and the development of gas and oil resources.

The primary goals of this proposal are to provide breeding habitat for waterfowl such as Mallard, Blue- winged Teal, and Wood Duck) and to improve water quality in this region of northeastern Indiana. These goals will be achieved through the protection of important conservation lands, and restoration or enhancement of drained and degraded wetlands and the establishment of native grasses in areas previously converted to agricultural production. The project will also help to stimulate local economies through recreation on project lands, and offer a host of other benefits to society.
IOWA

Project Name Iowa Prairie Lakes 7 Wetland Initiative
Location (County) IA-BOONE, IA-BUENA VISTA, IA-BUTLER, IA-CALHOUN, IA-CARROLL, IA-CERRO GORDO, IA-CHEROKEE, IA-CLAY, IA-DALLAS, IA-DICKINSON, IA-EMMET, IA-FLOYD, IA-FRANKLIN, IA-GREENE, IA-GRUNDY, IA-GUTHRIE, IA-HAMILTON, IA-HANCOCK, IA-HARDIN, IA-HUMBOLDT, IA-JASPER, IA-KOSSUTH, IA-MARSHALL, IA-MITCHELL, IA-O'BRIEN, IA-OSCEOLA, IA-PALO ALTO, IA-POCAHONTAS, IA-POLK, IA-SAC, IA-STORY, IA-WEBSTER, IA-WINNEBAGO, IA-WORTH, IA-WRIGHT
Congressional District IA-01, IA-02, IA-03, IA-04
Grantee Organization IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Project Officer Todd R. Bishop
Grantee Email Todd.Bishop@dnr.iowa.gov
Partner Name LOC-CERRO GORDO COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD, CON-FRIENDS OF NEAL SMITH NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, LOC-HUMBOLDT COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD, STA-IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, CON-IOWA NATURAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER (DES MOINES CAPITAL CHAPTER), CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER (HUMBOLDT COUNTY CHAPTER), CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER (IOWA PIONEER II), CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER (MITCHELL COUNTY), CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER - NORTHERN PRAIRIE, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER, FLOYD COUNTY CHAPTER, LOC-POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), LOC-WORTH COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD, CON-WORTH COUNTY CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $2,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $5,068,472
Acres Affected 3,676
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes

The Prairie Pothole Region of Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa is a priority area for waterfowl. Due to intense habitat conversion, drainage and high land and commodity prices, only remnants of this once prolific waterfowl landscape are left. This project will put pieces of this landscape back together in a prioritized fashion to sustain habitat, duck production, and increase the number of waterfowl hunters and engage others in waterfowl and wetland conservation.

Partners will accelerate wetland and upland conservation by acquiring 1,593 acres in fee title and 210 acres under perpetual easement. Further, the proposal will provide for restoration of 66-acres of wetlands and 334-acres of prairie grassland on permanently protected lands open to the public. Wetlands will be restored or enhanced by constructing low, earthen dams (some with water control structures) or removing drainage tiles. Prairie grassland will be restored by seeding existing croplands with diverse mixes of native prairie seed.
IOWA/MINNESOTA
Project Name Iowa/Minnesota Prairie Potholes
Location (County) IA-CERRO GORDO, IA-CLAY, IA-DICKINSON, IA-EMMET, IA-HANCOCK, IA-KOSSUTH, IA-PALO ALTO, IA-POCAHONTAS, IA-WINNEBAGO, IA-WORTH, MN-BLUE EARTH, MN-FARIBAULT, MN-FREEBORN, MN-MARTIN, MN-WASECA
Congressional District IA-01, IA-04, MN-01
Grantee Organization
PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC. Project Officer Eran Sandquist
Grantee Email esandquist@pheasantsforever.org
Partner Name STA-IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, CON-IOWA NATURAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION, PRO-LESUER RIVER SEEDING & CONSERVATION, STA-MINNESOTA BOARD OF WATER & SOIL RESOURCES, STA-MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, CON-MINNESOTA VALLEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE TRUST, INC., OTH-OUTDOOR HERITAGE FUND, LOC-PALO ALTO COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC.
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $2,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $6,366,853
Acres Affected 1,832
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes
The Prairie Pothole Region of Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa is a priority area for waterfowl. Due to intense habitat conversion, drainage and high land and commodity prices, only remnants of this once prolific waterfowl landscape are left. Building upon existing habitat complexes, partners will accelerate wetland and upland conservation by acquiring 1,593 acres in fee title and 210 acres under perpetual easement. The project will also provide for restoration of 66 acres of emergent wetlands and 334 acres of prairie grassland on permanently protected lands open to the public. Wetlands will be restored or enhanced by constructing low, earthen dams (some with water control structures) or removing drainage tiles. Prairie grassland will be restored by seeding existing croplands with diverse mixes of native prairie seed. Species benefited include Canvasback, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, and other waterfowl and grassland birds.
LOUISIANA
Project Name Golden Meadow Marsh
Location (County) LA-JEFFERSON, LA-LAFOURCHE, LA-ST. BERNARD
Congressional District LA-01
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Mike Carloss
Grantee Email mcarloss@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-COALITION TO RESTORE COASTAL LOUISIANA, STA-COASTAL PROTECTION & RESTORATION AUTHORITY OF LOUISIANA, CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, LOC-LOUISIANA LAND & EXPLORATION
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $846,215
Proposed Match Amount $2,204,623
Acres Affected 3,294
Joint Venture GULF COAST
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie
This project impacts a total of 3,274 acres of brackish and saline coastal marsh and 20 acres of beach habitat benefiting a diverse array of migratory birds and other wildlife in southeast Louisiana. Partners will restore important migratory bird habitat through construction of marsh terraces to restore water quality and increase vegetation; placing near shore breakwater structures to reduce or reverse wave erosion on beachfronts and into adjacent marsh; and planting erosion control vegetation at key points protecting hydrologic integrity of vulnerable marshes.
Project Name Freshwater Bayou
Location (County) LA-CAMERON, LA-VERMILION
Congressional District LA-03
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Mike Carloss
Grantee Email mcarloss@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, OTH-GUSTAF WESTFELDT MCILHENNY FAMILY FOUNDATION, CON-MOORE-ODOM WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $800,000
Proposed Match Amount $1,603,924
Acres Affected 5,650
Joint Venture GULF COAST
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie
This project will enhance the quality of wintering, breeding and migration habitat available to waterfowl and other wetland-dependent migratory birds by restoring a more natural hydrologic regime to estuarine intertidal vegetated wetlands. Activities include bank stabilization that will restore 4,300 acres of marsh in Vermilion Parish, and a water control structure to manage 1,350 acres of marsh in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. The project areas contain migration and wintering habitat for five high priority waterfowl species such as Lesser and Greater Scaup, and five priority species such as American Wigeon, and Wood Duck.
MASSACHUSETTS
Project Name Great Marsh II
Location (County) MA-ESSEX
Congressional District MA-06
Grantee Organization MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF FISHERIES & WILDLIFE
Project Officer Patricia Huckery
Grantee Email pat.huckery@state.ma.us
Partner Name CON-ESSEX COUNTY GREENBELT ASSOCIATION, LOC-GEORGETOWN CONSERVATION COMMISSION, STA-MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF CONSERVATION SERVICES, STA-MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION, STA-MASSACHUSETTS DIVISION OF FISHERIES & WILDLIFE, STA-MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF FISHING & BOATING ACCESS, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), CON-THE TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $720,002
Proposed Match Amount $2,094,934
Acres Affected 1,142
Joint Venture ATLANTIC COAST
Flyway Atlantic
Bird Conservation Region BCR 30-New England/Mid-Atlantic Coast
The Great Marsh is one of the most important coastal ecosystems in northeast North America, and is the largest contiguous salt marsh north of Long Island, New York. Phase two of the project will protect 1,142 acres through a combination of acquisitions, easements, and enhancement and restoration activities. Grant and match parcels provide critical, high-quality habitat for numerous bird species of conservation priority, as well as federally and state-listed threatened and endangered species.
MICHIGAN
Project Name Southeastern Lake Michigan Coastal Habitat Project II
Location (County) MI-ALLEGAN, MI-BARRY, MI-BERRIEN, MI-BRANCH, MI-CALHOUN, MI-CASS, MI-CLINTON, MI-EATON, MI-GRATIOT, MI-HILLSDALE, MI-INGHAM, MI-IONIA, MI-JACKSON, MI-KALAMAZOO, MI-KENT, MI-LAKE, MI-LIVINGSTON, MI-MASON, MI-MECOSTA, MI-MONTCALM, MI-MUSKEGON, MI-NEWAYGO, MI-OCEANA, MI-OSCEOLA, MI-OTTAWA, MI-SHIAWASSEE, MI-ST. JOSEPH, MI-VAN BUREN
Congressional District MI-01, MI-02, MI-03, MI-04, MI-06, MI-07, MI-08
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Dane Cramer
Grantee Email dcramer@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, CON-MICHIGAN AUDUBON SOCIETY, STA-MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, CON-MICHIGAN NATURE ASSOCIATION, CON-MID-MICHIGAN LAND CONSERVANCY, NAT-NOTTAWASEPPI HURON BAND OF THE POTAWATOMI, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), CON-SCHREMS WEST MICHIGAN TROUT UNLIMITED, CON-SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN LAND CONSERVANCY, CON-THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,113,303
Acres Affected 1,910
Joint Venture UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER-GREATLAKES
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 23-Prairie Hardwood Transition
This project focuses on wetland and associated upland habitat protection in the southeastern Lake Michigan watershed, where one-third of Michigan’s population lives. It targets protection, restoration, and enhancement of waterfowl breeding habitat within the coastal zone, expansion of nature preserves, and restoration of private wetlands and nearby uplands important for waterfowl production and other wildlife. Grant activities will contribute to the conservation of 1,910 acres within the southeastern Lake Michigan watershed habitats, including wetlands, grasslands and forested uplands. The project will protect many priority bird species, including Wood Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes, American Woodcocks, Willow Flycatchers, Blue-winged Warblers, and Cerulean Warblers.
MINNESOTA
Project Name Southwest Wetland Initiative of Minnesota (SWIM) II
Location (County) MN-BROWN, MN-COTTONWOOD, MN-JACKSON, MN-LINCOLN, MN-LYON, MN-MARTIN, MN-MURRAY
Congressional District MN-01, MN-07
Grantee Organization PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC.
Project Officer Ron Leathers
Grantee Email rleathers@pheasantsforever.org
Partner Name PRO-BERENS, RODENBERG, & O'CONNOR, CHTD, STA-LESSARD SAMS OUTDOOR HERITAGE COUNCIL, STA-MINNESOTA BOARD OF WATER & SOIL RESOURCES, STA-MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC.
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $7,130,189
Acres Affected 2,040
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes
This project accelerates the permanent protection, restoration, and enhancement of prairie wetland complexes in Southwest Minnesota. This is the second phase of a multiple year initiative to accelerate the permanent protection of prairie wetland complexes open to the public and to ensure every Waterfowl Production Area and Wildlife Management Area is providing the maximum benefits for waterfowl and wetland dependent species. During this second phase, partners will accelerate efforts to permanently protect in fee title and easement 1,321 acres of Waterfowl Production Areas and Wildlife Management Areas within in Southwest Minnesota. Partners will also fully restore all 415 acres of acquisition tracts acquired with grant funds. An additional 202 acres will be permanently protected via State of Minnesota conservation easement in Lincoln County, MN, and partners will enhance a total of 68 acres of wetlands on existing Waterfowl Production Areas.
Project Name West Central Minnesota Wetlands
Location (County) MN-BIG STONE, MN-CHIPPEWA, MN-GRANT, MN-LAC QUI PARLE, MN-POPE, MN-STEVENS, MN-SWIFT
Congressional District MN-07
Grantee Organization PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC.
Project Officer Eran Sandquist
Grantee Email esandquist@pheasantsforever.org
Partner Name STA-LESSARD SAMS OUTDOOR HERITAGE COUNCIL, STA-MINNESOTA BOARD OF WATER & SOIL RESOURCES, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC. , PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), PRO-SUNWAY INC. , CON-THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,477,698
Acres Affected 1,266
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes
Minnesota prairie wetlands have declined by 74,340 acres since 1997. Due to its high value to numerous plant and animal species including waterfowl, there is urgent need to act quickly to protect remaining native communities and strategically protect & restore wetlands and prairies that have previously been converted. Partners will accelerate wetland and upland conservation by acquiring 761 acres in fee title and 210 acres under perpetual easement in West Central Minnesota. Further, the proposal will provide for restoration of 44 acres of emergent wetlands and 250 acres of prairie grassland on permanently protected lands open to the public. Species benefited include Mallards, Teal, Gadwalls, and Ruddy Ducks.
MINNESOTA/NORTH DAKOTA
Project Name Glaciated Wetlands & Prairies of North Dakota & Minnesota V
Location (County) MN-CLAY, MN-KITTSON, MN-MARSHALL, MN-NORMAN, MN-PENNINGTON, MN-POLK, MN-RED LAKE, MN-ROSEAU, MN-WILKIN, ND
Congressional District MN-07, ND-01
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Randy W. Renner
Grantee Email rrenner@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, OTH-GROHNE FAMILY FOUNDATION, CON-THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $2,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,069,897
Acres Affected 7,717
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Central
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes
In this fifth phase of the Glaciated Wetlands and Prairies Project, project activities will secure 5,586 acres of native grassland and 912 acres of wetland habitat through perpetual easements. A bargain sale transfer of an additional 683 acres of restored tallgrass prairie and 536 acres of wetlands will be added to the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge. Project activities span the borders of North Dakota and Minnesota in the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture and will protect a total of 7,717 acres that provide critical breeding habitat to a multitude of priority migratory bird species including American Bittern, Black- crowned Night-Heron, Pied-billed Grebe and Piping Plover.
NEBRASKA
Project Name Central Platte River Partnership II
Location (County) NE-ADAMS, NE-BUFFALO, NE-DAWSON, NE-GOSPER, NE-HALL, NE-HAMILTON, NE-KEARNEY, NE-LINCOLN, NE-MERRICK, NE-PHELPS
Congressional District NE-03
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer John Denton
Grantee Email jdenton@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, STA-NEBRASKA ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST, STA-NEBRASKA GAME & PARKS COMMISSION, CON-PLATTE RIVER WHOOPING CRANE MAINTENANCE TRUST, LOC-PLATTE VALLEY WEED MANAGEMENT AREA, CON-PRAIRIE PLAINS RESOURCE INSTITUTE, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S)
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $939,062
Proposed Match Amount $1,414,194
Acres Affected 2,686
Joint Venture RAINWATER BASIN
Flyway Central
Bird Conservation Region BCR 19-Central Mixed-grass Prairie
The Central Platte River in Nebraska provides continentally important breeding and migration habitat for millions of migratory birds. This project is a collaborative effort involving several organizations, agencies, and landowners determined to protect and restore vitally important wetland habitats along the Platte River. This suite of projects includes habitat restoration, improved conveyance of flows, less water consumption to benefit target flows and efforts to eliminate invasive species. The project will also establish conservation easements and land acquisition, including five private parcels. Wetlands will also be restored on a state-owned Wildlife Management Area.
NEW YORK
Project Name Lake Ontario Watershed II
Location
(County) NY-GENESEE, NY-JEFFERSON, NY-LEWIS, NY-OSWEGO, NY-ST. LAWRENCE, NY-WAYNE
Congressional District NY-21, NY-22, NY-24, NY-27
Grantee Organization TUG HILL TOMORROW LAND TRUST
Project Officer Linda M. Garrett
Grantee Email thtomorr@northnet.org
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, CON-LAND TRUST ALLIANCE, STA-NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), CON-THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, CENTRAL & WESTERN NY CHAPTER, CON-TUG HILL TOMORROW LAND TRUST
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $990,012
Proposed Match Amount $2,009,988
Acres Affected 3,528
Joint Venture ATLANTIC COAST
Flyway Atlantic
Bird Conservation Region BCR 13-Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Plain, BCR 14-Atlantic Northern Forest
This project is the second of a planned three-phase effort to protect and restore wetlands and migratory bird habitats on southern and eastern Lake Ontario. The current phase includes protecting 691acres of wetland and 1,265 acres of adjacent buffering uplands, restoring and enhancing 141 acres of managed located in the three most productive waterfowl areas in the Lake Ontario Plain and contributing 3,387 acres in and around the largest privately-owned conservation area in the state. This mosaic of wetland and buffering uplands are mostly on large, roadless tracts, provide very high quality breeding and stopover habitat which supports high populations of waterfowl and migratory birds, with multiple areas designated as Important Bird Areas. Many of the Highest Priority species of BCR 14 and those species of Greatest Conservation Need in New York were recorded in or near the tracts identified for protection. Waterfowl species such as American Black Duck, Wood Duck, Common Merganser, Northern Pintail, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, and Bufflehead along with other bird species such as American Bittern, Least Bittern, Bald Eagle, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, American Woodcock, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, and Blue-winged Warbler.
NORTH CAROLINA
Project Name Albemarle-Chowan-Currituck Wetlands Conservation Initiative
Location (County) NC-CURRITUCK, NC-GATES, NC-NORTHAMPTON, VA-SUFFOLK
Congressional District NC-01, NC-03, VA-04
Grantee Organization NORTH CAROLINA COASTAL LAND TRUST
Project Officer Janice L. Allen
Grantee Email janice@coastallandtrust.org
Partner Name CON-NORTH CAROLINA COASTAL LAND TRUST, STA-NORTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE RESOURCES COMMISSION, CON-THE NATURE CONSERVANCY VIRGINIA CHAPTER
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,200,000
Acres Affected 2,745
Joint Venture ATLANTIC COAST
Flyway Atlantic
Bird Conservation Region BCR 27-Southeastern Coastal Plain
The Albemarle-Chowan-Currituck Wetlands (ACC Wetlands) Conservation Initiative will conserve more than 2,700 acres that are threatened by development from nearby metropolitan regions through easements and fee title acquisitions. The project will conserve diverse habitat including cypress-gum-swamp, estuary wetlands, and pine forest. Habitat for five priority waterfowl species (Wood Duck, American Widgeon, Redhead, Canvasback and Ring-necked Duck) and five high priority species (Mallard, American Black Duck, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, and Northern Pintail) will be conserved or enhanced, and nearly 1,000 acres will be available for recreational activities, including hunting and wildlife viewing.
NORTH DAKOTA
Project Name North Dakota Great Plains Project - VIII
Location (County) ND-ADAMS, ND-BILLINGS, ND-BOWMAN, ND-DUNN, ND-EMMONS, ND-GOLDEN VALLEY, ND-GRANT, ND-HETTINGER, ND-MCKENZIE, ND-MERCER, ND-MORTON, ND-OLIVER, ND-SIOUX, ND-SLOPE, ND-STARK
Congressional District ND-01
Grantee Organization U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE
Project Officer Scott McLeod
Grantee Email Scott_McLeod@fws.gov
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, CON-NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION, STA-NORTH DAKOTA GAME & FISH DEPARTMENT, CON-NORTH DAKOTA NATURAL RESOURCES TRUST, STA-NORTH DAKOTA STATE FOREST SERVICE, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC., PRO-PLANTRA INC., PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S)
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $448,396
Proposed Match Amount $448,397
Acres Affected 13,390 Joint Venture NORTHERN GREAT PLAINS Flyway Central Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes, BCR 17-Badlands and Prairies
Since European settlement, more than 60% of the wetlands in North Dakota have been drained, filled or degraded, due largely to agricultural practices, and more than half of the native prairie in the state has been converted to cropland or hayland. These habitat losses have resulted in declines of many grassland and wetland-dependent birds that depend upon the prairie and wetlands for breeding and migration. This project is phase eight of a multi-year effort to establish, enhance and protect valuable wetland and associated upland habitat. This phase will conserve over 13,000 acres of habitat for Northern Pintail, Long-billed Curlew, Mallard, and many other species.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project Name Coastal South Carolina Wetlands Partnership II
Location (County) SC-BEAUFORT, SC-BERKELEY, SC-CHARLESTON, SC-CLARENDON, SC-COLLETON, SC-DARLINGTON, SC-DILLON, SC-DORCHESTER, SC-FLORENCE, SC-GEORGETOWN, SC-HAMPTON, SC-HORRY, SC-JASPER, SC-LEE, SC-MARION, SC-MARLBORO, SC-SUMTER, SC-WILLIAMSBURG
Congressional District SC-01, SC-05, SC-06, SC-07
Grantee Organization WINYAH RIVERS FOUNDATION
Project Officer Paula Reidhaar
Grantee Email wrk@coastal.edu
Partner Name CON-BUTLER CONSERVATION FUND, CON-PEE DEE LAND TRUST, STA-SOUTH CAROLINA CONSERVATION BANK, CON-THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, CON-WETLANDS AMERICA TRUST
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,045,000
Acres Affected 1,847
Joint Venture ATLANTIC COAST
Flyway Atlantic
Bird Conservation Region BCR 27-Southeastern 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 three tracts of freshwater emergent wetlands, bottomland hardwood forests and associated uplands, in the Southern Lowcountry. All project tracts will contribute to protection of water quality and enhance functional habitat connectivity values in the larger project area. Together the project tracts offer excellent opportunities for compatible public uses including environmental education, hunting, fishing, bird watching, hiking, biking, nature photography, kayaking, and canoeing.
Project Name South Carolina Wetlands Landscape III
Location (County) SC-BEAUFORT, SC-CHARLESTON, SC-COLLETON, SC-GEORGETOWN, SC-WILLIAMSBURG
Congressional District SC-01, SC-06, SC-07
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer James Rader
Grantee Email jrader@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-BUTLER CONSERVATION FUND, CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, CON-PEE DEE LAND TRUST, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), CON-THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, SOUTH CAROLINA CHAPTER
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,039,121
Acres Affected 3608
Joint Venture ATLANTIC COAST
Flyway Atlantic
Bird Conservation Region BCR 27-Southeastern Coastal Plain
This project brings together 10 public and private partners to accomplish wetlands protection and enhancement in support of Atlantic Coast Joint Venture goals and objectives. By leveraging grant funds with over $2 million in private contributions through partnerships this proposal will protect a 376 acre tract in perpetuity and enhance 6 tracts, totaling 3,232 acres. Protection and enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands will benefit breeding, migrating and wintering birds, including at least 10 NAWCA Priority Species of wetland-dependent migratory birds will benefit from increased foraging, nesting or roosting habitat in emergent and forested wetlands and over 12 miles of riparian areas.
SOUTH DAKOTA
Project Name James River Lowlands / Missouri Coteau Project VII
Location (County) SD-AURORA, SD-BEADLE, SD-BON HOMME, SD-BRULE, SD-BUFFALO, SD-CAMPBELL, SD-CHARLES MIX, SD-DAVISON, SD-DOUGLAS, SD-EDMUNDS, SD-FAULK, SD-HAND, SD-HANSON, SD-HUGHES, SD-HUTCHINSON, SD-HYDE, SD-JERAULD, SD-KINGSBURY, SD-MCCOOK, SD-MCPHERSON, SD-MINER, SD-POTTER, SD-SANBORN, SD-SPINK, SD-SULLY, SD-WALWORTH, SD-YANKTON
Congressional District SD-01
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Randy W. Renner
Grantee Email rrenner@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, OTH-GROHNE FAMILY FOUNDATION, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S)
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $1,072,875
Acres Affected 3,502
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Central
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes
This is phase seven of a project designed to protect wetland and grassland communities using a landscape level approach to planning in the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture to protect critical habitat for migratory birds. Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and its partners will acquire grassland and wetland easements in the Missouri Coteau and James River Lowlands Regions of South Dakota to protect 3,073 acres of grassland and 429 acres of wetland habitat for migratory birds. Waterfowl, particularly northern pintails, will benefit greatly from this project, as well as numerous species of shorebirds, wading birds, marsh birds and grassland songbirds. The easements will become part of the National Wildlife Refuge System under the Small Wetlands Acquisition Program.
TENNESSEE
Project Name Lower Obion River VI - Tumbleweed Acquisition
Location (County) TN-DYER, TN-LAKE
Congressional District TN-08
Grantee Organization TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY
Project Officer Tim Churchill
Grantee Email Tim.Churchill@tn.gov
Partner Name CON-TENNESSEE ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, CON-TENNESSEE PARKS & GREENWAYS FOUNDATION, STA-TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES AGENCY, CON-TENNESSEE WILDLIFE RESOURCES FOUNDATION, CON-THE CONSERVATION FUND, CON-THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $3,369,000
Acres Affected 2,816
Joint Venture LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 26-Mississippi Alluvial Valley
This project is the first of three phases planned in the next five years. The first phase will fund a 2,816-acre acquisition of bottomland hardwood forest along the Lower Obion River. The project area consists of wetlands, prior converted wetlands and associated uplands. Much of the bottomland hardwood forest has been removed in the process of converting a majority of this land to agricultural uses. The various phases of work in the project area are focused on securing land tracts within and restoring both moist soil wetlands and bottomland hardwood forests on the tracts. The project area has been identified by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) as a major focus area for the development of wintering waterfowl habitat, an important shorebird migration stopover area, and potential habitat for forest landbirds. As additional acreage of the project area is acquired and restored to bottomland hardwood forest, it will become more valuable as an important habitat anchor for neotropical migrant forest birds and others.
TEXAS
Project Name Texas Gulf Coast XII
Location (County) TX-ARANSAS, TX-AUSTIN, TX-BEE, TX-BRAZORIA, TX-BROOKS, TX-CALHOUN, TX-CAMERON, TX-CHAMBERS, TX-COLORADO, TX-FORT BEND, TX-GALVESTON, TX-GOLIAD, TX-HARRIS, TX-HILDALGO, TX-JACKSON, TX-JEFFERSON, TX-KENEDY, TX-KLEBERG, TX-LAVACA, TX-LIBERTY, TX-MATAGORDA, TX-NUECES, TX-ORANGE, TX-REFUGIO, TX-SAN PATRICIO, TX-STARR, TX-VICTORIA, TX-WALLER, TX-WHARTON, TX-WILLACY
Congressional District TX-10, TX-14, TX-15, TX-22, TX-27, TX-28, TX-34, TX-36
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Todd Merendino, PhD
Grantee Email tmerendino@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, OTH-FUTCH FOUNDATION, CON-NATIONAL FISH & WILDLIFE FOUNDATION (NFWF), PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), STA-TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT, CON-TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE FOUNDATION, PRO-W5 SISTERS PROPERTIES LTD
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $997,766
Proposed Match Amount $2,000,292
Acres Affected 2,800
Joint Venture GULF COAST
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie
The Texas Gulf Coast has experienced tremendous wetlands loss due to urban and commercial development, reduction of rice acreage, altered hydrology, and saltwater intrusion. This project will partially compensate for the region’s continued loss of fresh / intermediate marsh, wet prairie habitat, and riparian habitat and will provide semi-permanent and seasonal wetland habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and other wetland-dependent wildlife by collectively protecting, restoring, and enhancing 2,800 acres of wetlands that will collectively provide habitat for over 304 bird species. Accomplished proposal objectives will contribute to foraging, habitat, and species objectives for waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds, and landbirds, as identified in many national and regional bird plans, including Mottled Duck, Fulvous Whistling Duck, and Ring-necked Duck.
Project Name Texas Water Delivery I
Location (County) TX-ARANSAS, TX-AUSTIN, TX-BEE, TX-BRAZORIA, TX-BROOKS, TX-CALHOUN, TX-CAMERON, TX-CHAMBERS, TX-COLORADO, TX-FORT BEND, TX-GALVESTON, TX-GOLIAD, TX-HARRIS, TX-HILDALGO, TX-JACKSON, TX-JEFFERSON, TX-KENEDY, TX-KLEBERG, TX-LAVACA, TX-LIBERTY, TX-MATAGORDA, TX-NUECES, TX-ORANGE, TX-REFUGIO, TX-SAN PATRICIO, TX-STARR, TX-VICTORIA, TX-WALLER, TX-WHARTON, TX-WILLACY
Congressional District TX-10, TX-14, TX-15, TX-22, TX-27, TX-28, TX-34, TX-36
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Matthew R. Kaminski
Grantee Email mkaminski@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, CON-NATIONAL FISH & WILDLIFE FOUNDATION (NFWF), PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), STA-TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $999,396
Proposed Match Amount $2,000,920
Acres Affected 3,353
Joint Venture GULF COAST
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie
This project a continues a 23-year partnership of private landowners, a private foundation, state and federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations that will work in 30 Texas counties to protect migratory bird habitat. The project will focus on enhancing an additional 3,353 acres of wetland habitat on private lands by providing cost-share to facilitate delivery of water to habitat projects. Grant funds will be used to complete enhancement of seasonally flooded moist-soil units, palustrine emergent wetlands, and rice fields on private lands that will provide important migration, wintering, and breeding habitat for numerous species of waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, and neo-tropical migrant songbirds, including Redheads, Canvasbacks, and Wood Ducks.
Project Name Jefferson County Wetlands Improvement Project
Location (County) TX-JEFFERSON
Congressional District TX-14
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Todd Merendino
Grantee Email tmerendino@ducks.org
Partner Name LOC-JEFFERSON COUNTY, STA-TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE, CON-TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE FOUNDATION
Date approved 4/29/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount
$2,000,000
Acres Affected 6799
Joint Venture GULF COAST
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie
Emergent wetlands and coastal marshes of the Texas Gulf Coast provide critical migration and wintering habitat for millions of migratory birds, but the region has experienced tremendous habitat alterations and wetland losses due to development pressures, urbanization, and altered water functions. This project will enhance 6,799 acres of freshwater and coastal wetlands, and associated transitional upland habitats within the Upper Coast Region of Texas, through two activities: installing a salinity reduction barrier in Keith Lake Fish Pass; and installing a large water control structure to reduce negative flooding affects to freshwater wetlands. Project activities will aid many priority species such as Northern Pintails, Mallards, Lesser and Greater Scaup, Redhead, Canvasbacks, and American Wigeon.

Last Updated: April 11, 2019