Purpose: To restore 750 acres of emergent wetland habitat on the Bradley Unit of Eufaula NWR through installation of four water control structures, renovation of existing dike, construction of new water delivery ditches, and installation of two pumping stations. This project will enhance four waterfowl impoundments adjacent to Eufaula Lake. Water levels within each impoundment will be manipulated to produce moist-soil vegetation and provide brood rearing habitat for resident wood ducks. In some years, agricultural crops will be grown during summer months to provide additional foraging opportunities for migrating waterfowl. This project will be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide foraging habitat for migrating and wintering dabbling ducks. Eufaula NWR offers public waterfowl hunting opportunities.
Phase II: This project will improve water management capabilities on 217-acres of managed moist-soil wetlands on the Bradley Unit of Eufaula NWR by subdividing the existing North unit. Wetland enhancement activities include construction of a dike and the installation of a water control structure to improve water management capabilities. USFWS personnel will provide construction services for the project and DU funds will be allocated for the costs of one water control structure. Waterfowl that will benefit from this project include wood ducks, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, mallards, pintails, gadwalls and wigeon. Additionally this project will aid in increasing opportunities for public waterfowl hunting.
Location: Approx. 5 miles south of Florence, GA (Stewart County)
Acres Impacted: 750 acres
Phase II - 217 acres
Habitat Type: Moist-soil Habitat
Scrub/shrub Emergent Wetland
Flooded Agricultural Crops
Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ducks Unlimited, Inc
Timeline: Construction was completed in 1995
Phase II - Project was completed in May 2006
DU Contact: Craig LeSchack
Director of Conservation Programs
3294 Ashley Phosphate Rd, Suite 1-F
North Charleston, SC 29418