Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ducks Unlimited Conservation Issues Briefing: Vol. 2, #26

DU to receive $2.5 million
grant for Gulf Coast habitat work

Last week, Ducks Unlimited was notified it will receive a $2.5 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to provide additional habitat for waterfowl and other birds that will migrate to the Gulf Coast later this year. This partnership between NFWF and DU will seek to restore and enhance upwards of 20,000 acres of wetland habitat on lands adjacent to or near Gulf Coast marshes. Read more

Minnesota senator invites DU scientist to discuss oil spill's threats to migratory birds

Last Friday, Ryan Heiniger, DU's director of conservation programs for Minnesota and Iowa, was invited by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar to participate in a meeting to discuss the repercussions of the Gulf Coast oil spill on North America's migratory birds.
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DU's Ryan Heiniger and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Ryan Heiniger (left), DU's director of conservation programs for Minnesota and Iowa, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar discuss the state of migratory birds in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. Photo courtesy Sen. Klobuchar.

DU supports coastal wetlands
restoration diversion project in Louisiana

Ducks Unlimited scientists recently submitted comments on the environmental impact statement for the Army Corps of Engineers' prosposed Medium Diversion at White Ditch in Plaquemines Parish, La. Read more

DU meets with Senate leadership
to discuss national conservation issues

On June 23, staff members from Ducks Unlimited's Governmental Affairs Office were invited to the Capitol by U.S. Senate leaders to join a small group of wildlife conservationists for discussions on national conservation issues affecting wildlife, hunting and fishing. The meeting was attended by 14 U.S. senators, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Attendees were provided an opportunity to exchange ideas about congressional conservation priorities in a small forum and to discuss plans and goals for preserving the country's outdoor heritage. Read more

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
makes lasting mark in St. Lawrence Valley

Ducks Unlimited and a partner have been awarded funds to protect 552 acres of high-quality wetlands in the St. Lawrence Valley (SLV) of New York. The $432,865 grant was awarded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) the $475 million federal program designed to target the most significant problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem, including habitat conservation, invasive aquatic species, non-point source pollution and contaminated sediment. Read more
Indian River Lakes Project, N.Y.
Two sections of the Indian River Lakes Project, located in New York's St. Lawrence River Valley. A total of three areas will be restored as part of this project. Shown here are the Grass Lake and Indian River parcels.

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