In March, Ducks Unlimited and partners dedicated the Jamestown Wildlife Area Phase II project in Kansas, made possible through a North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA)
grant. Many partners, neighboring landowners, duck hunters and DU volunteers attended the event. DU will erect a cairn with a plaque honoring these partners and DU major sponsors who supported the project on the Buffalo Creek Marsh unit.
The second phase of the Jamestown project included acquisition of 997 acres at both Jamestown and Talmo Marsh Wildlife Areas, and restoration of 393 acres of upland and wetland habitat. The Jamestown and Talmo Marsh Wildlife Areas combined provide over 4,000 acres of shallow wetland habitat for migrating waterfowl.
"This is a large and diverse partnership that has come together for this project," Secretary Robin Jennison of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) said in his remarks during the dedication ceremony.
Indeed, local governments, tourism, economic development, utilities, government agencies and non-governmental wildlife organizations are among the partners. These include the City of Jamestown, Cloud County Tourism, Cloudcorp, the Boards of County Commissioners from Cloud, Jewell and Republic counties, Kansas Alliance of Wetlands and Streams, Westar Energy, Kansas Wildlife Federation, Pheasants Forever, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, DU and KDWPT. The restored and protected wetlands provide important stopover habitat for waterfowl during spring and fall migration, particularly mallards, northern pintails, blue-winged teal, Canada geese and snow geese.