The primary goal of DU conservation programs in the MAV will be to protect, restore, enhance, and manage wetlands and waterfowl habitat in the MAV consistent with the objectives of the LMVJV and River CARE. Specific goals include:
- Maintain 242,504 ha conserved in the MAV prior to June 30, 2004, including 161,222 ha protected and 81,282 ha restored or enhanced.
- Make a deliberate shift in emphasis of private lands programs toward extension work with agricultural producers.
- Expand the existing conservation easement program and develop focus areas for the entire MAV, with a goal of protecting a minimum of 6,000 ha/yr through FY2008.
- Restore or enhance at least 14,164 ha of public land that offers habitat benefits in perpetuity, in cooperation with state and federal agencies through FY2008.
- Encourage active management on a minimum of 40,000 ha/yr through extension and technical assistance efforts.
- The availability of foraging habitat during the wintering period can limit waterfowl population survival and recruitment rates as mediated through body condition, behavior, and mobility.
- Protect private lands through by expanding the existing conservation easement program through developing focus areas for the entire MAV.
- Emphasize extension efforts to assist landowners to restore or enhance private land through partners programs and, and to encourage active management of habitat on private lands.
- Restore or enhance public land in cooperation with state and federal agencies.
Maintain and expand existing partnerships, while simultaneously exploring and developing additional partnerships that are consistent with the DU mission.