MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 25, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve wetland habitat within the Willamette River Delta. Project partners efforts will acquire, restore or enhance a total of 1,237 acres of important wetland and associated upland habitats.
“This grant shows a diverse partnership coming together to restore and protect crucial waterfowl habitat in the Willamette River Delta, says Manager of Conservation Programs Chuck Lobdell. “These NAWCA grants are absolutely critical to DU’s ability to restore and protect wetlands. Partners from both the public and private sector are stepping up and helping DU to leverage our conservation dollars, and the support of our members to conserve even more habitat”
Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Joint Water Commission, Wally Remmers, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Clean Water Services, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Approximately $1.8 million in matching funds from project partners and $880,500 in NAWCA grant funds will restore, protect and enhance wetlands critical to waterfowl
within the Willamette River Delta.
Lobdell said he expects the project to take two years to complete.
Partners have acquired fee title to and will restore the 369-acre Joint Water Commission Springhill Road Tract, and will restore another 868 acres total on several private tracts and the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, and Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Project sites are located in the Yamill, Tualatin and Willamette River floodplains
Partners’ efforts in the valley will benefit a myriad of migratory birds, fish, and other wildlife.
In Washington, D.C., the Ducks Unlimited Governmental Affairs staff has worked with Congress in support of annual funding for NAWCA to continue the Act’s waterfowl conservation success. Oregon’s Congressional delegation has been very supportive of NAWCA, including Representatives David Wu, Darlene Hooley, and Earl Blumenauer, whose the districts the project will take place in.
For more information on NAWCA, go to www.ducks.org/nawca
Contact: Chuck Lobdell
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with almost 12 million acres conserved. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.