Through the Wildlife Conservation–Technology Initiative, CropLife America partnered with Ducks Unlimited to successfully complete a five-year initiative to expand the use of plant science technology in the restoration and management of habitat for North America’s waterfowl and other wildlife. CropLife America is a consortium that represents more than 77 agriculture-based companies, including Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences LLC, DuPont Crop Protection, Monsanto Company, SePRO Corporation, and Syngenta Crop Protection. By contributing more than $1.8 million in herbicides, fungicides, and technical assistance during the past five years, CLA and these six member companies have worked with DU to manage invasive weeds and enhance natural habitat in key waterfowl landscapes across the United States.
For example, Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains office has received donated herbicides from each of the six participating CLA member companies to control noxious weeds and improve waterfowl habitat on DU properties in the Prairie Pothole Region of North and South Dakota and the Rainwater Basin Region of Nebraska. Thanks to herbicide donations by CLA and its member companies, DU enhanced more than 45,000 acres of prime waterfowl nesting habitat in the Missouri Coteau and valuable migration habitat in Nebraska.
This partnership with CLA and its member companies has positively impacted more than 30,000 additional acres across the continent. From fighting invasive plants in California’s San Luis and Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge to enhancing waterfowl habitat along the Great Lakes, to battling encroaching woody vegetation on Louisiana’s Catahoula Lake, to protecting the estuaries of Chesapeake Bay and Washington’s Willapa Bay, CLA’s support has helped restore balance to wetlands and other waterfowl habitats in vital areas for waterfowl. CropLife America and its member companies recognize the benefits herbicides provide not only in providing a safe, abundant, and affordable food supply but also in contributing to the conservation of our environment and natural resources.
In addition to participating in the CLA partnership and providing product donations for waterfowl habitat enhancement projects, Bayer CropScience and Syngenta provided over $550,000 in grants supporting DU’s Winter Cereals Program. DU utilizes research and demonstration plots, education, technical assistance, and other farmer incentives to encourage farmers to include winter cereals in their crop rotation. Planted in the fall and harvested in the summer, winter cereals are left relatively undisturbed during the spring nesting season, providing more secure upland nesting cover for waterfowl in intensively cultivated areas.
Established in 1933, CLA represents developers, manufacturers, formulators, and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States. Member companies have participated in the Wildlife Conservation–Technology Initiative since 2005.
-By Leia Berry