Kentucky Partners Project
The objective of the Kentucky Partners Project is to return waterfowl to the breeding grounds physically conditioned for maximum reproductive success. Managing off-season agricultural fields as waterfowl habitat offers good food resources for migrating and wintering birds with direct benefits to landowners.
Technical assistance and financial incentives are available to landowners interested in improving the status of waterfowl and the quality of wetlands on their property. Project sponsors include: Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kentucky Dept. Fish and Wildlife Resources, and Private Landowners.
Winter Flooding of Croplands
Harvested croplands provide waste grain and other natural foods for waterfowl. Crops such as corn, soybeans, milo, and other seed crops become especially attractive to waterfowl when flooded with 1 to 15 inches of water.
Natural Foods on Fallow Areas
Croplands or fields not planted often provide a wide variety of natural moist soil plants and an abundance of associated invertebrates that are high quality waterfowl foods. When shallow water can be held on such fields throughout the fall and winter, these highly attractive foods become readily available for waterfowl.
Wetland Development Agreements
Landowners interested in restoration or enhancement of wetlands on their property may receive assistance in exchange for a commitment to maintain their wetland for a minimum of 10 years.
Guidelines under the Agreement:
• Projects may include management of croplands, moist soil areas, forested wetlands, and other created or natural wetlands that provide habitat for waterfowl, other migratory birds, and related wetland dependant wildlife.
• Project agreements will be for a period of not less than 10 years, with longer agreement periods a consideration for project funding.
• Projects must maintain appropriate water levels for waterfowl for a minimum of four months, with no maximum, between the months of November and March.
To meet the ever-growing demand for assistance in managing private lands, the Kentucky Partners Project was initiated in 1997. Since that time, Ducks Unlimited and its partners have restored and enhanced over 1,950 acres of waterfowl habitat.