ST. LOUIS – Jan. 22, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to implement the third phase of an ongoing conservation effort within the Confluence Region of the Illinois, Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Activities identified in this third phase grant will specifically target Missouri's Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge. Project partners will use grant funds to continue improving water management and restoring natural flow patterns and drainage on 2,424 acres of habitat critical to migratory birds utilizing this extremely important corridor.
"Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge is located along the Mississippi River, a few miles upstream from the confluence of these three major rivers and 40 miles from the city of St. Louis," said Mark Flaspohler, Ducks Unlimited manager of conservation programs. "This work will give us the opportunity to restore natural hydrology and to minimize the impacts of flooding on the refuge. It will reduce future expense and need for staff to spend valuable time on repairs. As a result of this funding opportunity and a dedicated partnership, we will be able to protect and restore some of the region's most productive habitat for the benefit of waterfowl and other migratory birds."
Ducks Unlimited partnered with private donors, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to receive NAWCA funds. Project partners committed approximately $5.25 million in matching funds to the $1 million from NAWCA. Work is expected to begin this summer.
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 nearly 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 facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.