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NRCS and Ducks Unlimited Looking to Help Central Valley Rice Producers Improve Irrigation Efficiency

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications from California landowners in 10 Central Valley counties for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) – Rice Stewardship Partnership, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited, Inc in partnership with USA Rice Federation.

Ducks Unlimited Receives $1 Million NAWCA Grant in Northern Tulare and San Joaquin Basins

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) was recently awarded a $1 Million grant through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) to restore and enhance wetlands in the Northern Tulare and San Joaquin Basins of California's Central Valley.

Critical Conservation Areas overlap many DU priority areas

WASHINGTON – May 27, 2014 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the eight Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) established in the 2014 Farm Bill, which overlap with many of Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) priority regions.

Working rice lands worth $3.5 billion of managed wetland habitat

WASHINGTON – May 6, 2014 – There’s no doubt that rice, waterfowl and wetland habitats work cohesively to form a perfect ecosystem, and a recently published report puts a monetary value on those existing rice lands. Authored by Ducks Unlimited scientists for The Rice Foundation, the study found that the cost of attempting to replace rice lands with natural wetland habitat would exceed $3.5 billion.

$1 million grant ensures lasting conservation legacy in Central California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – April 30, 2014 – Thanks to a generous $1 million grant through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), which combined with $2 million previously received for this area in phases 1 & 2, Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its partners will be able to conserve more than 9,400 acres of wetland habitat in the Tulare Basin in California’s Central Valley.

California Wetlands Initiative

Restoring Golden State wetlands to healthy wintering habitats and helping provide water solutions for waterfowl, other wildlife, and Californians.

UC Davis' Dr. John M. Eadie honored at 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta. This year's winner in the Research/Technical category is Dr. John M. Eadie, professor at the University of California, Davis.

Migration Alert: California reports indicate good numbers and habitat

Nov. 22, 2011: California waterfowlers have seen decent numbers of early migrators, and expectations are high as new cold fronts continue to push birds south.

DU Continues to Restore California's Largest Wetland

Ducks Unlimited has played an active role in wetland conservation activities in the Grasslands since 1986, when DU began making critical water conveyance enhancements in partnership with the Grassland Water District. To date, DU has helped to restore, enhance, or protect more than 132,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitat on 240 projects in this region.

Central Valley / Coastal California

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Central Valley / Coastal California priority area.

Mexico's West Coast Wetlands

Shrimp farming and harmful runoff threaten coastal habitat that is crucial to Pacific Flyway waterfowl.

Running on Empty

Water management is a hot topic in California, affecting residents, waterfowl hunters and the birds.

A Model for Private Lands Conservation

The Rancho Esquon property in California exemplifies Ducks Unlimited's idea of private lands conservation to the benefit of waterfowl populations.

Saving the Sprig

Ducks Unlimited is pursuing an ambitious habitat conservation strategy to help bring back the pintail to its former abundance.

Central Valley / Coastal California - More Information

More information on the Central Valley / Coastal California region and DU's habitat conservation work there.

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