New Jersey waterfowl to benefit from major wetland grant

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Nov. 11, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Act (NAWCA) grant to fund habitat enhancement work with several partners as part of their Southeast New Jersey Coastal Program. These funds will be used to enhance nearly 1,000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Partners contributed more than $2.5 million in matching funds toward the $1 million federal grant.

“This is the first NAWCA grant of this size awarded to DU in New Jersey, and it marks an exciting first step in the Southeast New Jersey Coastal Program,” said Nick Biasini, DU regional biologist for New Jersey and Pennsylvania. “There is tremendous potential to build on the success of this initial project and expand the program to conserve important wetland habitat within this coastal region.”

In the initial phase, DU and partners will enhance waterfowl habitat at Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Estell Manor. The six coastal impoundments at Tuckahoe WMA are currently dysfunctional, preventing New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife (NJDFW) staff from controlling water levels. With the replacement of water control structures, topographic work and dredging of the circulating ditch, the NJDFW will be able to provide optimal habitat for migrating waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

DU is working with multiple partners such as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, NJDFW, The Nature Conservancy, Cape May County Department of Mosquito Control and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to launch the first phase of this program.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 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 www.facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at www.youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.