Sixteen Midwest Region Conservation Projects
Approved for NAWCA Awards
By Valerie Rose Redmond
More than $1 million in funding was recently approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission to support 16 North American Wetlands Conservation Act proposals in six Midwest states. The 2013 NAWCA awards and the more than $3.38 million in matching funds will help to protect, restore and enhance vital wetlands, including acquisition of acres of waterfowl habitat in Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
“This funding is incredibly important to the Midwest,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius. “Habitat enhancement is part of our commitment to the American people. This year’s grants and matching funds will benefit hundreds of species in the Midwest.”
Ohio, the host state of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, received funding for three of the Midwest approved proposals, including:
Cooke Restoration – Pickerel Creek
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited
NAWCA funds awarded/match: $75,000/$215,264
This project will restore 58 acres of wetland and upland habitat in a priority landscape in northern Ohio. Work conducted through this proposal will also provide connectivity to over 500 acres of adjacent habitat. Three project partners, including one new corporate partner (Cargill, Inc.) will work together to accomplish project objectives.
Grantee: Zoological Society of Cincinnati
NAWCA funds awarded/match: $33,050/$35,875
This project will utilize NAWCA funds to restore approximately 24 acres of wetland habitat in Warren County, Ohio. Funds would be used to purchase and plant trees, other native plants and nesting structures for birds and bats.
Appalachia Ohio Wetlands
Grantee: Buckeye Hills RC&D
NAWCA funds awarded/match: $75,000/$108,884
This project will restore or enhance 438 acres of priority wetlands and associated uplands within the Wayne National Forest in southeastern Indiana. Wetlands infrastructure will be improved which will facilitate better water management, and invasive species will be controlled within the wetland basins as well on adjacent uplands.
The 16 projects funded this year in the Midwest Region will protect critical wetland and grassland habitat for migratory birds in the region, using a landscape approach with an emphasis on decreasing wetlands and adjacent uplands threatened by development and urban sprawl.
The NAWCA grant program is dedicated to the conservation of wetland habitats for migratory birds. Through the Act’s U.S. Standard grants program, 3,300 partners have been involved in 910 projects affecting more than 7 million acres of habitat. For a full list of awarded projects and more information, visit: