NAWCA grant funds critical land protection in coastal west Michigan

Support received for wetland and upland protection near Muskegon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – March 12, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve wetland habitat in western Michigan. Project partners will protect a minimum of 1,687 acres of wetlands and grasslands in twelve counties. Efforts will also result in the restoration of 300 acres of wetlands and 100 acres of associated warm-season grasslands.

"NAWCA grants are a crucial funding source for conservation partnerships such as this one," said Michael Sertle, Ducks Unlimited regional biologist. "As a result of this funding opportunity, we will be able to cooperatively protect and restore some of the Great Lakes' most productive habitat for the benefit of waterfowl and other migratory birds."

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Land Conservancy of West Michigan, Muskegon Conservation District, Ottawa County Parks, City of Whitehall, Occidental Chemical Corporation, Conservation Resource Alliance and several private partners to receive matching NAWCA funds.

Approximately $2.475 million in funds from project partners and $1 million in NAWCA grant funds will protect and restore wetlands and adjacent upland habitat critical to waterfowl in coastal west Michigan. Projects funded by this grant are protective in nature, with some restoration of wetlands and associated grasslands. Work is expected to begin this spring.  

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. 

Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 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.

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