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Caswell Game Land - Highrock Waterfowl Impoundment

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Purpose: To restore 14 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Caswell Game Lands through renovation of dikes and installation of a water control structure. The waterfowl impoundment, originally developed by Ducks Unlimited and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) in 1998, experienced erosion to a portion of the project's low dike. The erosion resulted in the inability of managers to flood the impooundment to its original extent. Instalation of a new water control structure and addition of a rock-reinforced emergency spillway will allow management of flooding events without damage to the dike system. The area will be manipulated for moist-soil production and flooded agricultural crops. This project is managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to provide quality wintering habitat for waterfowl on Caswell GL, one of the state's largest publicly owned hunting areas with more than 20,000 acres for hunting and fishing.

Flooded project site at Caswell Game Land 2005

Location: The project is located in Caswell County approximately 1 mile southeast of Yanceyville, NC.

Acres Impacted: 14 acres

Habitat Types: Moist-soil Wetlands
Flooded Agricultural Crops

Partners: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
North America Wetlands Conservation Act (for restoration in 2009)

Timeline: The project was constructed in 1998, and restoration completed in 2009. 

DU Contact:

Craig LeSchack
Director of Conservation Programs
South Atlantic Field Office
3896 Leeds Ave.
Charleston, SC 29405
843-745-9127
cleschack@ducks.org

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