BUFFALO, N.Y. – Oct. 11, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited has received approval to operate the New York In-Lieu Fee Program (NY-ILFP) to fulfill wetland mitigation requirements for parties authorized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to impact wetlands within the state of New York.
"This year DU is celebrating 75 years of experience in wetland enhancement and restoration work, and it is recognized as the leader in wetlands conservation," said Peter Wyckoff, manager of mitigation programs for DU's Great Lakes/Atlantic Region. "Operating DU’s NY-ILFP allows us to apply this experience to deliver quality wetlands restoration projects that will compensate for Corps-authorized wetland impacts in New York."
Under ILFP regulations, DU does not participate in the regulatory permitting process related to wetland impacts. The Corps and other regulatory agencies will continue to make all decisions regarding whether to grant authorization to impact wetlands; all projects delivered under ILFPs are subject to Corps approval.
Parties required to provide mitigation will be able to purchase wetland credits from DU's NY-ILFP. This will allow public and private developers to realize economic advantages over implementing their own mitigation projects. These advantages include reduced permitting time, lower costs and transfer of all mitigation obligations. DU receives an administrative fee to manage the program and will be responsible for project delivery and long-term management.
"In-lieu fee programs allow for targeted restoration projects that address specific needs within certain watersheds and align with state and regional conservation priorities," Wyckoff explained. "Restoration projects will be chosen to maximize benefits for priority wetland habitats that benefit multiple waterfowl and other wildlife species."
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.