FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2011
Ashley Spratt, 612-713-5314
Conservation Act designates $5 Million to Bird Habitat Conservation and Wetlands in Upper Midwest
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius announced recently the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) approved $5 million in Federal grants to help protect, restore and enhance more than 22,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats across Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). The Federal grants are matched by more than $13 million in partner funds.
“Healthy wetlands are key to healthy ecosystems. The vital wetlands that are embedded in to our Prairie Pothole landscape are home to iconic species of birds, fish and wildlife, and, they provide hunting, fishing and other recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to the upper Midwest,” said Melius. “By concentrating on wetlands acquisition and restoration, these projects will provide not only ecological benefits for these Midwestern states, but economic and social benefits for years to come.”
NAWCA Projects funded in the Midwest Region:
Upper Iowa Prairie Pothole Partnership - Phase II
Federal grant: $1,000,000 Partner match: $2,005,000 Acreage: 762
Ducks Unlimited will work with partners to protect, restore, and enhance 538 acres of wetlands and 224 acres of associated uplands in a high priority area for breeding waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole region of northern Iowa.
Southcentral Wisconsin Prairie Pothole Initiative V
Federal grant: $1,000,000 Partner match: $4,477,920 Acreage: 3,654
The Natural Heritage Trust will continue to work with partners in to protect, restore, and enhance 2,399 acres of wetlands and 1,255 acres of upland habitat on public and private lands throughout southcentral Wisconsin.
Southeast Wisconsin Coastal Habitat Initiative - Phase V
Federal grant: $1,000,000 Partner match: $3,082,988 Acreage: 1,891
This partnership will expand upon previous efforts by Ducks Unlimited and a broad partnership in southeastern Wisconsin to protect, restore, and enhance 1,285 acres of wetlands and 606 acres of associated uplands, in a key area for breeding waterfowl and other wetland-dependent birds.
Glacial Ridge Prairie Landscape Expansion (MN)
Federal grant: $1,000,000 Partner match: $2,482,689 Acreage: 4,758
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, working in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the Red Lake Watershed District, and the Minnesota Land Trust, will protect 4,758 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat, of which 3,743 acres will be added to the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge in Polk County, Minnesota.
Glaciated Wetlands and Prairies of North Dakota and Minnesota
Federal grant: $1,000,000 Partner match: $1,038,172 Acreage: 11,717
Ducks Unlimited will work with partners to protect 11,717 acres of the highest priority wetland and upland habitat on private lands across the Prairie Pothole region in western Minnesota and North Dakota.?
Passed in 1989, NAWCA provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. More information about NAWCA grant programs and projects approved today is available on the Web at: http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/Standard/index.shtm.
Final funding for all NAWCA projects will be dependent on the final Fiscal Year 2011 budget.
A full list of all grants approved can be found at: http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/Standard/US/2011_March.shtm
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