Ducks Unlimited and Partners Awarded Second NAWCA Grant

Additional funding received for wetland conservation and enhancement at Meadow Valley Wildlife Area

ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 19, 2011 –
Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a second North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve wetland habitat at Meadow Valley Wildlife Area, directly adjacent to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in central Wisconsin. Project partners will enhance 655 acres of wetlands associated with the 3,000 acre Meadow Valley Flowage.

"NAWCA grants are a crucial funding source for conservation partnerships such as this one," said Jason Hill, Ducks Unlimited regional biologist. "As a result of this funding opportunity, we will be able to cooperatively restore and enhance hundreds of acres of critical shallow wetland and grassland habitat for the benefit of waterfowl and other migratory birds."

Ducks Unlimited partnered with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and North American Wetlands Conservation Council to receive matching NAWCA funds.

"One of the great things about a NAWCA grant is that it builds partnerships" said U.S. Rep Ron Kind. "By joining forces with local, state and federal governments, non-profits like Ducks Unlimited are making important investments in our state's great outdoors - creating hunting and fishing opportunities and driving economic activity across the state."

Approximately $80,700 in matching funds from project partners and $75,000 in NAWCA grant funds will enhance wetlands critical to waterfowl in central Wisconsin. The condition of Meadow Valley Flowage-Southeast Pool and Northeast and Southeast Refuge Pools has been in decline for decades. Proper habitat management is no longer possible due to aging and inadequate water management infrastructure. The purpose of this project is to restore habitat management capability to these two marshes.

Work is expected to take place over the next two years.

The Wisconsin DNR and Ducks Unlimited cooperatively initiated this effort in 2007 to improve waterfowl and wildlife habitat at Meadow Valley Flowage, a key area for waterfowl migration and brood-rearing, and one of the most heavily used public use areas in Juneau County. Wisconsin has lost more than 50% of its wetlands. It is extremely important to maintain the productivity of remaining wetland habitat in order to offset the dramatic habitat loss recognized in Wisconsin. This project will enhance and restore management to a key wetland complex so that the many benefits associated with this habitat will be sustained well into the future.

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with more than 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.

Kristin Schrader