Ducks Unlimited and its partners effectively rewetted vast portions of Delaware's Great Cypress Swamp through intensive restoration on 767 wetland acres. They installed nine water-control structures and five ditch plugs and repaired eight dike breaches, all aimed at retaining outflow and lengthening the hydroperiod.
The state of Delaware contains both freshwater and tidal wetlands. The Great Cypress Swamp is forested freshwater and is the largest remaining forested area on the Delmarva Peninsula. American black ducks and wood ducks benefit from this unique habitat.
These "southern" swamps are great for flat-water paddling, angling and wildlife watching. The area around Great Cypress Swamp is extremely remote and provides an important uninterrupted wild area that is as important to people for recreation as it is to wildlife.
In addition to the Great Cypress Swamp wetland restoration project, Delaware Wild Lands planted more than 33,000 Atlantic white cedars across the Phase I site, and DU has commissioned cultivation of another 750,000 seeds collected from the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia, which will be planted in 2013. Atlantic white cedars have declined significantly and are identified as a Habitat of Conservation Concern in the Delaware Wildlife Action Plan.
This project was funded in part by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.
Partners: Center for Inland Bays, Delaware Wild Lands, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, North American Wetlands Conservation Council and Ducks Unlimited