Kentucky wetlands studied, improved, protected in 2017

Vital migratory and wintering habitat targeted

Multi-state wetland review team generated a conceptual management plan at Ballard County Wildlife Management Area in 2017.

Multi-state wetland review team generated a conceptual management plan at Ballard County Wildlife Management Area in 2017.

In 2017, Ducks Unlimited and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources continued our partnership to enhance and restore wetland habitat on public lands to benefit waterfowl and Kentucky waterfowl hunters.

  • At Doug Travis Wildlife Management Area, Ducks Unlimited enhanced or restored critical wetland habitats associated with the upper Mississippi Alluvial Valley, while providing important moist soil and forested wetland habitats for migrating and wintering waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species.
  • Ducks Unlimited led a wetland review at Ballard County Wildlife Management Area in June. About 50 people participated, including Ducks Unlimited biologists and volunteers, public wetland managers, scientists, engineers and hydrologists from seven states. The group generated a conceptual plan that can be used by KDFWR to help achieve their desired goals and objectives for this large public wetland complex.
  • And in Hickman County, Ducks Unlimited helped protect a 1,276-acre tract of crucial waterfowl habitat along the Mississippi River.

Read the 2018 Kentucky Conservation Report to learn more about these projects, find out where projects will continue in 2018, and see where Ducks Unlimited has impacted wetlands throughout the state.

Kentucky is in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway and provides important habitat for waterfowl produced in the Prairie Pothole Region and Great Lakes states. Several western Kentucky counties are in the upper Mississippi Alluvial Valley, a Priority 1 waterfowl wintering landscape for Ducks Unlimited.

Large numbers of mallards and wood ducks winter in Kentucky. Since 1988, Ducks Unlimited and partners have conserved nearly 13,000 acres of waterfowl habitat, which is less than one percent of the historical wetlands in the Commonwealth.

Kentucky and its supporters are part of Ducks Unlimited’s Big Rivers Initiative. Located in the heart of the Mississippi River and its major tributaries, the Big Rivers Initiative focuses on the restoration, enhancement, and protection of wetlands used by millions of waterfowl as they migrate between wintering and breeding grounds each year.