FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2012
Valerie R. Redmond, 612-713-5316
Conservation Act Awards $2 Million to Conserve Wetlands in Missouri and Iowa
This week, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved $2 million in federal funding to help protect, restore and enhance wetlands and associated habitats in Iowa and Missouri under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act Standard Grant Program. The federal grants are matched by more than $8.65 million in partner funds.
“We, and our partners, are dedicated to the conservation and management of these natural resources,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius, “because these landscapes are important to a vast array of unique species whose populations are in decline.”
The following projects were approved by the NAWCA Standard Grant Program:
Conservation in the Confluence III (Missouri)
Ducks Unlimited and other project partners will utilize a $1 million NAWCA grant with matching funds in the amount of $5,211,300 to protect, restore, and enhance approximately 2,308 acres of almost entirely wetland habitat. Much of the work will be done on Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge in Annada, Mo. The area is known for its concentrations of migrating and breeding waterfowl, shorebirds, and waterbirds. Infrastructure improvements will facilitate the ability to manage this wetland complex in eastern Missouri for wetland-dependent birds and other wildlife.
Prairie Lakes VI Wetland Initiative (Iowa)
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will likewise utilize a $1 million NAWCA grant with matching funds in the amount of $3,442,255 to protect, restore, and enhance 3,049 acres of wetlands and associated upland habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region of Iowa. This area is important to waterfowl as well as shorebirds, waterbirds, and many other wetland-associated wildlife. Project partners will continue work on this successful, long-term initiative, which has positively affected over 11,800 acres of habitat in this geography through previous NAWCA grants.
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. The Act was passed in part to support activities under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, an international agreement that provides a strategy for the long-term protection of wetlands and associated upland habitats needed by waterfowl and other migratory birds in North America.
For more information about the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) visit http://www.fws.gov/refuges/realty/mbcc.html.
For more information about the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) visit http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/index.shtm.
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