NAWCA Project Summaries

September 2015

A total of $21.4 million in funding was approved for the following 20 projects on September 9, 2015. Project partners are contributing $45.2 million in matching funds to affect 129,330 acres of habitat. These projects are considered part of the Fiscal Year 2016/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.

U.S. Standard Grants
CALIFORNIA
Project Name Wetlands of the Sacramento Valley
Location (County) CA-BUTTE, CA-COLUSA, CA-GLENN, CA-SUTTER, CA-YUBA
Congressional District CA-1, CA-3
Grantee Organization CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION
Project Officer Chadd Santerre
Grantee Email chadd_santerre@calwaterfowl.org
Partner Name PRO-ACRE FARMS, STA-CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE, CON-CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION, STA-CALIFORNIA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD, OTH-CENTRAL DUCK CLUB, OTH-GG60 DUCK CLUB, PRO-LITTLE DRY CREEK FARMS, LLC, OTH-LUCKY 3, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), OTH-TRIPLE B DUCK CLUB
Date approved 9/915
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $1,535,425
Acres Affected 3,495
Joint Venture CENTRAL VALLEY
Flyway Pacific
Bird Conservation Region BCR 32-Coastal California

This project covers an area that has been described by the Central Valley Joint Venture as the “most important wintering area for waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway”. The projects within this proposal will help to re-establish priority habitats and increase resources for populations of priority species, thus contributing directly to the goals and objectives of the Central Valley Joint Venture and North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The project will perpetually protect 225 acres and restore 985 acres of wetlands and 379 acres of associated uplands. The enhancement of 1,846 acres of wetlands along with 60 acres of associated uplands will improve the ability for managers to effectively and efficiently manage, thus maximizing resource availability and diversity.

Project Name SONEC: Honey Lake Sub-Basin Wetlands I
Location (County) CA-LASSEN, CA-MODOC
Congressional District CA-01
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Jeff McCreary
Grantee Email jmcmcreary@ducks.org
Partner Name OTH-AMEDEE DUCK CLUB, STA-CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE, STA-CALIFORNIA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD, CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, LOC-HONEY LAKE VALLEY RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT, OTH-PLUMAS CORPORATION, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), STA-SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY, PRO-SIERRA PACIFIC INDUSTRIES, OTH-W. M. BEATY & ASSOCIATES, INC
Date approved 9/915
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,263,239
Acres Affected 3,456
Joint Venture INTERMOUNTAIN WEST
Flyway Pacific
Bird Conservation Region BCR 9-Great Basin

This project focuses on permanent protection, restoration, and enhancement of 1,785 acres of wetlands in the Southern Oregon / Northeast California (SONEC) Honey Lake Sub-basin. The area supports large populations of breeding and migrating waterfowl, waterbirds, and shorebirds. The work will occur on a mix of state-owned lands and private lands focused on traditional wetlands management; working ranch lands whose flood irrigated wet meadow pastures provide critical spring migration food resources; and private lands owned by timber companies where restoration and enhancement of wetlands will occur.

Project Name San Joaquin
Location (County) CA-MERCED, CA-STANISLAUS
Congressional District CA-10, CA-16
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Chris Hildebrandt
Grantee Email childebrandt@ducks.org
Partner Name STA-CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE, STA-CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES, STA-CALIFORNIA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION BOARD, OTH-CASTLE DUCK CLUB, INC., CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, LOC-GRASSLAND WATER DISTRICT, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), PRO-REDWOOD LAND & CATTLE
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,382,427
Acres Affected 2,851
Joint Venture CENTRAL VALLEY
Flyway Pacific
Bird Conservation Region BCR 32-Coastal California
This project represents phase two of a five-phase initiative to conserve wetlands and associated habitats in the San Joaquin Basin of California’s Central Valley. The Central Valley is considered one of the most important wintering areas for waterfowl in North America, and annually supports up to 60% of wintering waterfowl and 50% of spring migrating shorebirds in the Pacific Flyway. However, rapid urbanization, conversion of native lands for agricultural production, and increasing competition for water resources has resulted in the loss of over 95% of California’s original wetlands, and 98% of its riparian habitat. This proposal supports wetland conservation objectives of the Central Valley Joint Venture aimed at restoring and enhancing wetlands and associated habitats to support a wide variety of migratory birds. It will protect, restore, or enhance 2,851 acres of wetlands and associated habitats, plus restoration or enhancement of an additional 3,100 acres that were previously protected or restored through NAWCA grants.
IOWA
Project Name Prairie Lakes 8
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-1, IA-2, IA-3, IA-4
Grantee Organization IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Project Officer Todd R. Bishop
Grantee Email Todd.Bishop@dnr.iowa.gov
Partner Name LOC-HAMILTON COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD, CON-IOWA AUDUBON, STA-IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, CON-IOWA NATURAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION, PRO-ITC MIDWEST, LLC, CON-NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, CON-NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION - IOWA CHAPTER, LOC-PALO ALTO COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER (HAMILTON COUNTY), CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER - WINNEBAGO/HANCOCK, LOC-POLK COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), CON-WHITETAILS UNLIMITED, CON-WHITETAILS UNLIMITED, EAGLE GROVE CHAPTER, CON-WHITETAILS UNLIMITED, LITTLE WALL CHAPTER, CON-WHITETAILS UNLIMITED, RICE LAKE CHAPTER, LOC-WINNEBAGO COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,993,650
Proposed Match Amount $4,966,110
Acres Affected 2,753
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes
This project focuses on wetland and grassland restoration efforts to turn large isolated wetlands into the cornerstones of wetland-grassland complexes. It will improve management of large prairie marshes to benefit migrating birds and also provide better nesting and brood-rearing habitats for the birds that breed in this area, which is an important part of a major migration corridor for Lesser Scaup and other waterbirds.
IDAHO

Project Name Upper Snake River Plains
Location (County) ID-BANNOCK, ID-BINGHAM, ID-BONNEVILLE, ID-BUTTE, ID-CARIBOU, ID-CLARK, ID-FREMONT, ID-JEFFERSON, ID-MADISON, ID-POWER, ID-TETON
Congressional District ID-2
Grantee Organization PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC.
Project Officer Ron Leathers
Grantee Email rleathers@pheasantsforever.org
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, STA-IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH & GAME, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC., PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S)
Date approved9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,217,236
Acres Affected 3,295
Joint Venture INTERMOUNTAIN WEST
Flyway Pacific
Bird Conservation Region BCR 9-Great Basin

This project will acquire 3,295-acres in fee title in the Upper Snake River Plain of SE Idaho. The Upper Snake River Plain is a continental priority for wetland habitat conservation for waterfowl, waterbirds and landbirds. Lands acquired are or will be enrolled into the ID’s Wildlife Management Area system and are managed for wildlife and open to the public. Also, this proposal enhances ninety acres of upland nesting cover adjacent to wetland habitats. These habitats provide important breeding pair, nesting, brooding, and migratory habitats for Northern Pintail, Mallard, Lesser Scaup and Greater Scaup.
KANSAS

Project Name Central Flyway
Location (County) KS-PHILLIPS, KS-REPUBLIC, NE-CLAY, NE-FILLMORE, NE-KEARNEY, NE-PHELPS, NE-SEWARD
Congressional District KS-1, NE-1, NE-3
Grantee Organization
DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Matthew Hough
Grantee Email mhough@ducks.org
Partner Name LOC-CLOUD COUNTY TOURISM COMMITTEE, CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, LOC-JEWELL COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, CON-KANSAS ALLIANCE FOR WETLANDS & STREAMS, STA-KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE, PARKS & TOURISM, CON-KANSAS WILDLIFE FEDERATION, STA-NEBRASKA GAME & PARKS COMMISSION, CON-RAINWATER BASIN JOINT VENTURE, LOC-REPUBLIC COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, CON-THE NATURE CONSERVANCY OF KANSAS, LOC-TRI-BASIN NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT, PRO-WESTAR ENERGY
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $817,604
Proposed Match Amount $1,240,252
Acres Affected 5,443
Joint Venture PLAYA LAKES, RAINWATER BASIN
Flyway Central
Bird Conservation Region BCR 19-Central Mixed-grass Prairie

This project will conserve over 5,443 acres of spring migration habitat on wetlands The project includes a large number of diverse wetland conservation efforts with a key focus on landscape-scale restoration on critical wetland complexes to improve migratory bird habitat, primarily in the spring. It will complement previous efforts at the Jamestown Wildlife Area to allow separate manipulation of wetland units which will restore 430 acres and enhance 300 acres of wetland habitat. Further conservation efforts in Kansas include an 80-acre wetland restoration at Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). A large drained wetland will be able to be restored through the installation of a water control structure to repair the drain. The project area contains migration and wintering habitat for four high priority waterfowl species (Northern Pintail, Cackling Goose, Lesser Scaup, and Mallard), and five other priority waterfowl species (Wood Duck, American Wigeon, Redhead, Canvasback, and Ring-Necked Duck). Also, the area was recently named the first “Landscape of Hemispheric Importance” in the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network, in part because virtually 100% of the world’s population of Buff-Breasted Sandpipers utilizes these habitats during migration periods.
LOUISIANA
Project Name Atchafalaya River Basin
Location (County) LA-IBERVILLE, LA-ST. MARTIN
Congressional District LA-3, LA-6
Grantee Organization THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Project Officer James F. Bergan
Grantee Email jbergan@tnc.org
Partner Name PRO-A. WILBURT'S SONS, LLC, OTH-FROST FOUNDATION, CON-GULF COAST BIRD OBSERVATORY, INC., OTH-M. W. MURPHY FOUNDATION, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), PRO-SHELL OIL COMPANY, CON-THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,375,887
Acres Affected 5,436
Joint Venture LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 26-Mississippi Alluvial Valley
This project will protect 5,436 acres of primarily forested wetlands in the Atchafalaya Basin in Southeast Louisiana through fee title acquisition. The Atchafalaya Basin provides flood protection and critical habitat for over 300 species, including Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup.
Project Name Bayou Monnaie Marsh
Location (County) LA-ACADIA, LA-ALLEN, LA-ASCENSION, LA-ASSUMPTION, LA-CALCASIEU, LA-CAMERON, LA-EVANGELINE, LA-IBERIA, LA-JEFFERSON, LA-JEFFERSON DAVIS, LA-LAFOURCHE, LA-LIVINGSTON, LA-ORLEANS, LA-PLAQUEMINES, LA-ST. BERNARD, LA-ST. CHARLES, LA-ST. HELENA, LA-ST. JAMES, LA-ST. JOHN THE B, LA-ST. MARY, LA-ST. TAMMANY, LA-TANGIPAHOA, LA-TERREBONNE, LA-VERMILION
Congressional District LA-1, LA-2, LA-3, LA-4, LA-5, LA-6, LA-7
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Mike Carloss
Grantee Email mcarloss@ducks.org
Partner Name STA-COASTAL PROTECTION & RESTORATION AUTHORITY OF LOUISIANA, LOC-LAFOURCHE PARISH GOVERNMENT, STA-LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE & FISHERIES, LOC-LOUISIANA LAND & EXPLORATION
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,300,000
Acres Affected 7,312
Joint Venture GULF COAST
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie
This project will help offset the dramatic coastal land loss occurring along Louisiana’s coast, especially prominent in the southeastern portion of the coast. Since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost over 1.2 million acres of coastal wetlands. It is expected that an additional 400,000 acres will be lost by 2050 without restoration action. This proposal positively impacts a total of 6,541 acres of fresh, intermediate and saline coastal marsh and 771 acres of beach/dune habitat. The majority of this work will be occurring on private property.
Project Name Pass a Loutre
Location (County) LA-PLAQUEMINES
Congressional District LA-01
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Mike Carloss
Grantee Email mcarloss@ducks.org
Partner Name STA-COASTAL PROTECTION & RESTORATION AUTHORITY OF LOUISIANA, STA-LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE & FISHERIES
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,150,000
Acres Affected 2,259
Joint Venture GULF COAST
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie
This project will help offset the dramatic coastal land loss occurring along Louisiana’s coast, especially prominent in the southeastern portion. Since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost over 1.2 million acres of coastal wetlands. It is expected that an additional 400,000 acres will be lost by 2050 without restoration action. The project impacts a total of 2,034 acres of coastal marsh and 225 acres of beach/dune habitat through restoration activities to create two remote bird nesting islands within the Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area. All tracts contain migration and wintering habitat for five high priority waterfowl species, five priority waterfowl species and ten other waterfowl species.
MONTANA
Project Name Montana Hi-Line
Location (County) MT-BLAINE, MT-DANIELS, MT-HILL, MT-LIBERTY, MT-PHILLIPS, MT-ROOSEVELT, MT-SHERIDAN, MT-TOOLE, MT-VALLEY
Congressional District MT-1
Grantee Organization U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE
Project Officer Randy Gazda
Grantee Email randy_gazda@fws.gov
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, STA-MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF FISH, WILDLIFE & PARKS, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S)
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $1,584,565
Acres Affected 7,349
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Central/Pacific
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes
This project will protect some of the most productive wetland and associated grassland habitat within the Hi-Line through acquisition of perpetual conservation easements (5151 acres); enhance existing grassland and wetland habitat, primarily by implementing grazing systems with benefits to waterfowl and Sprague’s Pipit; restore wetland habitat, primarily by plugging drain ditches (20 acres); and enhance Piping Plover nesting beaches (2 acres). High priority Mallards and Northern Pintails are two of the most abundant waterfowl species breeding in the project area, and to a slightly lesser extent, Lesser Scaup. Many other species of waterfowl use this portion of the Prairie Pothole Region for breeding including priority species such as Redheads, Canvasbacks, Ring-necked Ducks, and American Wigeon.
NORTH CAROLINA
Project Name Carolina Wetlands I
Location (County) NC-BLADEN, NC-BRUNSWICK, NC-COLUMBUS, NC-NEW HANOVER, NC-PENDER
Congressional District NC-3, NC-7
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, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S)
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,200,000
Acres Affected 6,800
Joint Venture ATLANTIC COAST
Flyway Atlantic
Bird Conservation Region BCR 27-Southeastern Coastal Plain
The Carolina Wetlands Initiative I will result in the permanent protection of 2,473 acres of wetlands and associated uplands in South Carolina. Approximately 36 percent of the total acreage consists of wetlands and 64 percent uplands. Habitat for four high priority waterfowl species (Mallard, Black Duck, Lesser Scaup and Northern Pintail) and 3 priority waterfowl species (Wood Duck, American Widgeon, and Ring-necked Duck) will be conserved or enhanced.
NORTH DAKOTA
Project Name Missouri Coteau XIV
Location (County) ND-BURKE, ND-BURLEIGH, ND-DICKEY, ND-DIVIDE, ND-EMMONS, ND-FOSTER, ND-KIDDER, ND-LA MOURE, ND-LOGAN, ND-MC HENRY, ND-MCINTOSH, ND-MCLEAN, ND-MOUNTRAIL, ND-SHERIDAN, ND-STUTSMAN, ND-WARD, ND-WELLS, ND-WILLIAMS
Congressional District ND-1
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 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $1,006,468
Acres Affected 3,735
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Central
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes
This is phase fourteen of an ongoing project to protect wetland and grassland communities using a landscape level approach to planning in the Missouri Coteau Region of North Dakota. This phase will protect 3,375 acres of grassland and wetland habitat for migratory birds. The easements will become part of the National Wildlife Refuge System under the Small Wetlands Acquisition Program.
Project Name ND Northern Prairie
Location (County) ND-BOTTINEAU, ND-BURKE, ND-DIVIDE, ND-MC HENRY, ND-MCLEAN, ND-MOUNTRAIL, ND-PIERCE, ND-RENVILLE, ND-ROLETTE, ND-WARD, ND-WILLIAMS
Congressional District ND-1
Grantee Organization U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE SERVICE
Project Officer Scott McLeod
Grantee Email Scott_McLeod@fws.gov
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, STA-NORTH DAKOTA GAME & FISH DEPARTMENT, CON-NORTH DAKOTA NATURAL RESOURCES TRUST, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S)
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $1,149,537
Acres Affected 33,186
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Central
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes
This project is phase three of an ongoing effort to protect, restore, establish and enhance wetland/grassland communities using a landscape level approach to planning. Areas with high wetland and waterfowl population densities will be targeted to implement wetland and grassland conservation strategies. This phase will conserve and improve wetland and grassland habitat on 33,186 acres in north central North Dakota. Natural wetlands and the native grasslands that are associated with them continue to be lost to the expansion of crop production across North Dakota. Fee title acquisition and the purchase of conservation easements will perpetually protect this valuable grassland and wetland habitat.
OHIO
Project Name Lake Erie
Location (County) OH-ASHTABULA, OH-CUYAHOGA, OH-GEAUGA, OH-LAKE, OH-LORAIN, OH-MEDINA, OH-PORTAGE, OH-SUMMIT, OH-TRUMBULL
Congressional District OH-4, OH-7, OH-9, OH-11, OH-13, OH-14, OH-16
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Russ Terry
Grantee Email rterry@ducks.org
Partner Name OTH-CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, LOC-LORAIN COUNTY METROPOLITAN PARK DISTRICT, STA-OHIO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), CON-WESTERN RESERVE LAND CONSERVANCY
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $4,557,000
Acres Affected 2,186
Joint Venture UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER-GREATLAKES
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 13-Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Plain
The primary goal of this project is the permanent protection of forested, emergent, and scrub-shrub wetlands, riparian areas, and associated forested uplands on seven targeted land tracts to benefit waterfowl and other migratory birds in areas vulnerable to urbanization. The secondary goal of this proposal is to restore wetland habitats on private lands to provide habitat connections between permanently protected areas and offer additional waterfowl breeding and spring migration habitat in this fragmented landscape. Benefitted species include American Black Ducks, Wood Ducks, American Bitterns, King Rails American Woodcock and Wilson’s Snipe.
SOUTH CAROLINA
Project Name Coastal SC Focus
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
The project area includes four tracts, encompassing 6931 new acres, including 4635 wetland acres and 2296 acres of associated uplands to benefit breeding, migrating, and wintering birds. The project will: acquire South Fenwick Island, a culturally and ecologically important sea island in the ACE Basin Focus Area (Ashepoo-Combahee-Edisto Rivers Basin); acquire a key parcel along the scenic Black River for incorporation into The Nature Conservancy’s Black River Preserve in the Winyah Bay Focus Area; and place a permanent conservation easement on a large forested wetland property along the Savannah River which contributes to the Savannah River Preserve, a multi-partner source-water protection effort within the watershed within the Southern Lowcountry Focus Area. Priority waterfowl species that will benefit from this project include: American Black Duck, Mottled Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, Redhead, and Wood Duck. The project will also support neotropical migratory birds during the breeding and migration seasons, such as Swallow-tailed Kite, Prothonotary Warbler, Painted Bunting, Swainson’s Warbler, and Wood Thrush.
Project Name Lowcountry
Location (County) SC-BEAUFORT, SC-JASPER
Congressional District SC-6
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Craig LeSchack
Grantee Email cleschack@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, CON-NEMOURS PLANTATION WILDLIFE FOUNDATION, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), STA-SOUTH CAROLINA CONSERVATION BANK, CON-WETLANDS AMERICA TRUST
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,169,054
Acres Affected 3,779
Joint Venture ATLANTIC COAST
Flyway Atlantic
Bird Conservation Region BCR 27-Southeastern Coastal Plain
This proposal represents the second of several project phases to permanently protect strategic coastal tracts of diverse wetland and upland habitats in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The project will protect the 1,761 acre Green Point Tract which includes 1,171 acres of declining wetlands and 590 acres of associated forested upland habitat to benefit breeding, migrating and wintering birds. Priority waterfowl species that will benefit from this project include: American Black Duck, Mottled Duck, Mallard, American Wigeon.
SOUTH DAKOTA
Project Name Eastern South Dakota
Location (County) SD-AURORA, SD-BEADLE, SD-BON HOMME, SD-BROOKINGS, SD-BROWN, SD-BRULE, SD-BUFFALO, SD-CAMPBELL, SD-CHARLES MIX, SD-CLARK, SD-CLAY, SD-CODINGTON, SD-DAVISON, SD-DAY, SD-DEUEL, SD-DOUGLAS, SD-EDMUNDS, SD-FAULK, SD-GRANT, SD-HAMLIN, SD-HAND, SD-HANSON, SD-HUGHES, SD-HUTCHINSON, SD-HYDE, SD-JERAULD, SD-KINGSBURY, SD-LAKE, SD-LINCOLN, SD-MARSHALL, SD-MCCOOK, SD-MCPHERSON, SD-MINER, SD-MINNEHAHA, SD-MOODY, SD-POTTER, SD-ROBERTS, SD-SANBORN, SD-SPINK, SD-SULLY, SD-TURNER, SD-UNION, SD-WALWORTH, SD-YANKTON
Congressional District SD-01
Grantee Organization DUCKS UNLIMITED
Project Officer Steve Donovan
Grantee Email sdonovan@ducks.org
Partner Name CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, CON-GRASS LAKE CONSERVATION CLUB, CON-HIGH PLAINS WILDLIFE, CON-IZAAK WALTON LEAGUE OF AMERICA, LOC-JAMES RIVER WATER DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER, NORTHERN SOUTH DAKOTA CHAPTER, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER, PHEASANT COUNTRY CHAPTER, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER, ROBERTS COUNTY CHAPTER, STA-SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF GAME, FISH & PARKS, OTH-SPORTSMAN'S CLUB OF BROWN COUNTY, CON-THE NATURE CONSERVANCY, CON-WHITETAILS UNLIMITED, BROWN COUNTY CHAPTER
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,626,545
Proposed Match Amount $1,642,117
Acres Affected 2,678
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Central
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes
The grantee will acquire, protect, restore and enhance 2,678 acres of important wetland and grassland habitats in the Prairie Pothole Region of eastern South Dakota. The project will: permanently protect important wetlands and grasslands through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) conservation easement program. It will also acquire land for a state-owned Game Production Area, as well as restore, enhance or develop important wetland and grassland complexes within the proposal area. All of the conservation easements acquired will become part of the National Wildlife Refuge System under the Small Wetlands Acquisition Program (SWAP).
Project Name South Dakota Habitat Legacy
Location (County) SD-AURORA, SD-BEADLE, SD-BROOKINGS, SD-BROWN, SD-BRULE, SD-BUFFALO, SD-CAMPBELL, SD-CHARLES MIX, SD-CLARK, SD-CODINGTON, SD-DAVISON, SD-DAY, SD-DEUEL, SD-DOUGLAS, SD-EDMUNDS, SD-FAULK, SD-GRANT, SD-HAMLIN, SD-HAND, SD-HANSON, SD-HUGHES, SD-HYDE, SD-JERAULD, SD-KINGSBURY, SD-LAKE, SD-MARSHALL, SD-MCCOOK, SD-MCPHERSON, SD-MINER, SD-MINNEHAHA, SD-MOODY, SD-POTTER, SD-ROBERTS, SD-SANBORN, SD-SPINK, SD-SULLY, SD-WALWORTH
Congressional District SD-01
Grantee Organization PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC.
Project Officer Tim Zemke
Grantee Email tzemke@pheasantsforever.org
Partner Name LOC-BRULE-BUFFALO CONSERVATION DISTRICT, CON-DUCKS UNLIMITED, CON-PHEASANTS FOREVER, INC., PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), STA-SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF GAME, FISH & PARKS, CON-THE CONSERVATION FUND
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $967,000
Proposed Match Amount $999,012
Acres Affected 22,434
Joint Venture PRAIRIE POTHOLE
Flyway Central
Bird Conservation Region BCR 11-Prairie Potholes
Phase II of the South Dakota Habitat Legacy project will restore and enhance wetland and grassland habitats on180 tracts of private land throughout the project area. Specifically, 1,000 cropland acres will be restored to grassland, 1,470 wetland acres will be enhanced with beneficial grazing systems, 100 acres of drained wetlands will be restored and 19,530 grassland acres will be enhanced with beneficial grazing systems. In addition, a 334 acre tract of priority grassland nesting habitat will be afforded permanent easement protection. The project will benefit a wide range of waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds and passerines including Mallard, Blue-Winged Teal, Marbled Godwits, Upland Sandpipers and Grasshopper Sparrows. 
TEXAS
Project Name Coastal Prairie
Location (County) TX-BRAZORIA, TX-CALHOUN, TX-CHAMBERS, TX-COLORADO, TX-FORT BEND, TX-GALVESTON, TX-HARRIS, TX-JACKSON, TX-JEFFERSON, TX-LIBERTY, TX-MATAGORDA, TX-VICTORIA, TX-WALLER, TX-WHARTON
Congressional District TX-2,TX-7, TX-8, TX-9, TX-10, TX-14, TX-18, TX-22, TX-27, TX-29, TX-36
Grantee Organization KATY PRAIRIE CONSERVANCY
Project Officer Mary Anne Piacentini
Grantee Email maryanne@katyprairie.org
Partner Name PRO-BALDPATE, INC, CON-KATY PRAIRIE CONSERVANCY, PRI-PRIVATE CONTRIBUTOR(S), PRO-SOUTH TEXAS LAND FORMING, CON-TEXAS R.I.C.E.
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $2,035,032
Acres Affected 2,861
Joint Venture GULF COAST
Flyway Central
Bird Conservation Region BCR 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie
The grantee will continue their successful partnership to acquire and restore land for migratory waterfowl and grassland species that inhabit coastal and inland areas on Texas’s Gulf Coast and that move back and forth between these habitats in search of resting and foraging habitat. This project will acquire and permanently protect 320 acres of land on the Katy Prairie in Harris and Waller Counties and to place conservation easements on 558.35 acres in Jackson and Matagorda Counties. The grantee will also undertake restoration, enhancement, and establishment activities on 1,984 acres in 12 coastal counties along the Gulf Coast. KPC has already protected over 20,000 acres through fee acquisition, conservation easements, or cooperative agreements with public entities. This project will provide breeding habitat for high-priority Mottled Ducks and migration and wintering habitat for four high-priority waterfowl species (Northern Pintail, Mottled Duck, Mallard and Lesser Scaup).
Project Name Texas Chenier
Location (County) TX-GALVESTON
Congressional District TX-14
Grantee Organization THE CONSERVATION FUND
Project Officer Julie Shackelford
Grantee Email julieshackelford@conservationfund.org
Partner Name CON-NATIONAL FISH & WILDLIFE FOUNDATION (NFWF), PRO-PNL BOLIVAR, LP, CON-THE CONSERVATION FUND
Date approved 9/9/15
Grant Award Amount $1,000,000
Proposed Match Amount $4,476,088
Acres Affected 1,092
Joint Venture GULF COAST
Flyway Mississippi
Bird Conservation Region BCR 37-Gulf Coastal Prairie
This project will permanently protect through acquisition 1,092 acres of estuarine wetlands and associated tidal flats, subtidal ponds and 1.6 miles of beachfront on Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County, Texas. Upon purchase by The Conservation Fund, the property will be donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to become part of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

Last Updated: September 9, 2015