Kentucky: Ballard County Managed Wetlands Enhancement Project

Ballard County, Ky., boasts two important areas for waterfowl and other wildlife: Boatwright Wildlife Management Area and Ballard WMA. As part of this project, Ducks Unlimited and its partners enhanced a total of 100 acres of palustrine emergent wetlands within these two areas.

Engineers constructed two new levees and installed two water-control structures within both the Perkins and Stallins units of Boatwright WMA, as well as constructing new levees, repairing existing levees and installing water-control structures and pumps/wells on the Goose Pond Ridge Unit of Ballard WMA.

Boatwright and Ballard WMAs fall within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, in a region of Kentucky subject to frequent flooding by the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Waterfowl extensively use the moist-soil units, flooded agricultural lands and natural wetlands of these WMAs throughout the year.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources also erected a viewing platform and interpretive trail near the Goose Pond Ridge Unit, which will support additional wildlife-viewing opportunities for visitors. Ballard WMA hosts Eagle Weekend each fall, during which visitors gather to watch the migration of bald eagles.

This project was funded in part by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.

Partners: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, North American Wetlands Conservation Council and Ducks Unlimited