Rep. Steve King (IA) recently praised both Ducks Unlimited and NAWCA for the pivotal role this partnership plays in conserving precious waterfowl habitat. (Photo courtesy Chase Dixon)
For years, Ducks Unlimited has been partnering with the North American Wetlands Conservation Act
program to protect important waterfowl habitats across the continent. Recently, Rep. Steve King (IA) praised both Ducks Unlimited and NAWCA for the pivotal role this partnership plays in conserving precious waterfowl habitat. The praise came after last week's announcement that DU received a $1 million NAWCA grant for conservation projects in Iowa
. Rep. King is a leading voice in Congress and recognizes the value that NAWCA provides, even during times of financial hardship for our government.
"Wetlands play a vital role in maintaining the quality of our environment, and NAWCA is the single best investment of federal wetlands dollars anywhere in the federal budget," Rep. King said. "Ducks Unlimited's ongoing efforts to leverage NAWCA funding with private funds to protect, restore and manage wetland habitat throughout Iowa's portion of the Prairie Pothole Region is an important project that will provide long term benefits to our state and to our people."
Over the years, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act has played a pivotal role in Ducks Unlimited's waterfowl conservation efforts. Since Congress established NAWCA in 1989, more than $1 billion in federal grants have been matched by an additional $3 billion from non-federal partners to conserve more than 25 million acres of critical habitat for waterfowl and wetland-dependent wildlife.
This grant represents the second phase of a five-year, multi-million dollar conservation partnership aimed at protecting, restoring and enhancing critical wetland and associated upland habitat throughout Iowa's portion of the Prairie Pothole Region
. Phase-Two funds will be leveraged with more than $2 million of additional non-federal matching dollars to conserve more than 765 acres of habitat on public lands.
Key partners on this project include The Nature Conservancy, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Dickinson County Conservation Board, Kossuth County Conservation Board, Pheasants Forever – Dickinson and Kossuth County Chapters, Matthew Barr, Friends of Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"This grant represents a coordinated and science-based effort among a very diverse group of conservation partners," Eric Lindstrom, DU regional biologist in Iowa, said. "DU is pleased to be working with such a dedicated group of folks all committed to achieving one common goal–to have a lasting and landscape-scale conservation impact in Iowa."