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Enhancement Project Under Way on Minnesota's 50th Wildlife Management Lake

In September 2014, Ducks Unlimited joined the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and other partners to celebrate the designation of 409-acre Eagle Lake as Minnesota's 50th wildlife management lake. This official action granted the state the authority to temporarily lower water levels and actively enhance wetland habitat.

DU, Partners Reintroduce Tidal Waters to California Refuge

Earlier this year, Ducks Unlimited and its partners returned tidal waters to approximately 1,285 acres of California's San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)—an area known as Cullinan Ranch. This project has produced incredible results, with thousands of waterfowl beginning to utilize the area almost immediately after the effort was completed.

Paulinskill Wetland Restoration Project Under Way

Ducks Unlimited is partnering with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and New Jersey Natural Lands Trust to restore 76 acres of wetland habitat on the Paulinskill River Wildlife Management Area outside Newton, New Jersey.

Conservation: DU's Big Rivers Initiative

Located in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River watershed, Ducks Unlimited's Big Rivers Initiative focuses on the restoration, enhancement, and protection of wetlands used by millions of waterfowl migrating between their breeding and wintering grounds each year.

Georgia DNR Supports Wetlands Conservation in Canada

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Division recently completed a 10-year, $50,000 commitment in support of wetlands conservation along Québec's South River as part of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies state grants program. Through this program, U.S. states provide nonfederal monies for conservation in Canada, which are matched by Ducks Unlimited, and in turn matched by federal funds through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

Mississippi Refuge Enhancements Receive Grant Funding

Ducks Unlimited recently received a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for enhancement projects on two refuges along the Mississippi River. The first project will take place on the St. Catherine Creek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Natchez, Mississippi, and the second on the Yazoo NWR near Greenville, Mississippi.

Two South Carolina Public Hunting Areas Improved

Ducks Unlimited and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently enhanced 387 acres of moist-soil and semi-permanent wetland habitat on Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area (WMA) north of Charleston. Through the installation of seven water-control structures and repair of old embankments and existing canals, this public hunting area will provide improved habitat for waterfowl and hunting opportunities for waterfowlers.

Texas Prairie Wetlands Project Receives Oil Spill Settlement Funding

In late 2013, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced five projects to restore and enhance habitats for species impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster. The list included the Gulf Coast Migratory Waterfowl Enhancement Project, which has made waterfowl one of the first beneficiaries of the oil spill settlement.

Freshwater Enhancements Projects to Benefit Coastal Louisiana Wildlife

Two freshwater flow enhancement projects are now under construction in coastal Louisiana to improve habitat for waterfowl. The St. Louis Canal and Liner's Canal projects will increase freshwater inputs into marsh areas that have been impacted by saltwater intrusion. Returning fresh water to this marsh system will increase the production of submerged aquatic vegetation, providing improved habitat for waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife. Additional benefits of this work include enhanced storm protection and better water quality in surrounding areas.

Florida Helps Fund Canadian Conservation Work

During a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission meeting in 2014, Ducks Unlimited Director of Conservation Programs Craig LeSchack made a presentation on the impact of Florida's contributions to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies state grants program. This presentation provided an opportunity to explain to the commission how the Sunshine State's annual contribution of $35,000 can be leveraged by DU to deliver waterfowl habitat conservation in Manitoba.

DU Submits Three Wetland Conservation Grants in Texas

Ducks Unlimited conservation staff recently submitted three North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant applications for wetland enhancement and restoration work along the Texas coast. These grants have the potential to collectively improve approximately 13,000 acres of coastal wetlands.

Michigan governor celebrates successful conservation project

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder joined Ducks Unlimited and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to celebrate the completion of projects at the Maple River State Game Area.

Louisiana Project Dedicated to John Barton Sr.

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to restore wetland habitat on the South Farm Unit of the Sherburne Waterfowl Management Area (WMA). This project will provide new opportunities for public waterfowl hunting and wildlife watching and will improve habitat management capabilities on this WMA.

Waterfowl and Hunters to Benefit from Game Land Enhancement

Across the state of North Carolina, some 2 million acres are managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) for public hunting, trapping, and inland fishing. These areas are known collectively as "game lands." Ducks Unlimited recently began working to enhance 593 acres of waterfowl habitat on the Butner–Falls of Neuse Game Land near Raleigh.

San Pablo Bay Tidal Marsh Restoration Project Gets Under Way

After almost 10 years of planning and a nearly $18 million fundraising effort, Ducks Unlimited and the Sonoma Land Trust broke ground on the 2,327-acre Sears Point Restoration Project along San Pablo Bay in early June. It is slated to be the largest private tidal marsh restoration project in the San Francisco Bay area and one of the largest on the West Coast.

Wetland Project Dedicated in California's Grasslands

More than 100 California outdoor enthusiasts recently welcomed the newest addition to the North Grasslands Wildlife Area in a special dedication ceremony. Recently completed by Ducks Unlimited and its partners, the Widell/Ramacciotti Wetland Restoration on the wildlife area's Gadwall Unit provides important wetland and associated habitat in the Grasslands Ecological Area, the largest wetland complex in the state.

Two Waterfowl Habitat Improvement Projects Completed in South Carolina

Ducks Unlimited and its partners recently completed two projects to improve waterfowl habitat in South Carolina. On the ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge, DU worked closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to clean out canals and install three water-control structures to improve management capabilities on 1,280 acres of moist-soil habitat.

NAWCA Grant Awarded for New York Refuge Enhancement

Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a $62,407 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for wetland restoration work on the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in western New York. DU and its partners will enhance 1,000 acres of forested wetlands through restored hydrology and reforestation.

Conservation: DU's Boreal Forest Initiative

Conserving one of the earth's most valuable ecosystems and a crucial breeding ground for North America's waterfowl. By Fritz Reid, Ph.D.

More Habitat Improvement Projects Planned in Tennessee

Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Tim Willis is working with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to plan habitat improvement projects on Tully Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Lauderdale County and on Eagle Lake State Refuge in Shelby County.

Twin Wetland Restoration Projects Completed in Southern Idaho

A unique conservation partnership recently restored 201 acres of wetland habitat on two projects in the Bruneau River floodplain of southern Idaho. Initially, a 100-acre project was developed on the Bruneau River Ranch as part of Ducks Unlimited's Middle Snake River North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.

Restoration Work Completed on Texas Wildlife Management Area

The D.R. Wintermann Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 246-acre property near Eagle Lake, Texas, about 75 miles southeast of Houston. The property was donated to Ducks Unlimited by the D.R. Wintermann family in the mid-1990s. Subsequently, DU transferred ownership to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and assisted with converting the former agricultural lands into managed waterfowl habitat.

Bonneau Ferry Project Completed in South Carolina

Last fall, Ducks Unlimited completed a project to improve 387 acres of waterfowl habitat on Bonneau Ferry Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in South Carolina.

DU receives $1 million grant for Lahontan Valley and Western Nevada wetland conservation work

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – March 31, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) was recently awarded the first-ever North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant in the Lahontan Valley region, which will help conserve 8,780 acres of habitat in western Nevada. Approximately $2.3 million in partner funds will be paired with $1 million in NAWCA grant funds to underwrite wetlands restoration and enhancement activities.

Planning Under Way for Alabama's Swan Creek WMA Restoration

Ducks Unlimited regional biologist Tim Willis and engineer Billy Hill recently met with Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) staff to discuss replacing the water-management infrastructure on Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near Decatur, Alabama.

DU Completes Riverside Ranch Restoration in Northern California

Ducks Unlimited recently completed a wetland restoration project along the North Coast of California, improving habitat and providing other ecological benefits for waterfowl, the Eel River salmon fishery, and people. The Riverside Ranch Restoration Project is the first phase of the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project.

Southern Illinois Receives its First $1 Million NAWCA Grant

In September, the North American Wetlands Conservation Council approved funding for the Bottomlands of the Great Rivers project, which will protect, restore, and enhance approximately 3,000 acres of wetlands on the Shawnee National Forest and Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Illinois.

Southeast New Jersey Coastal Program Receives First NAWCA Grant

Ducks Unlimited and partners have been awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to fund habitat enhancement work as part of the Southeast New Jersey Coastal Program.

Flint Hills Resources donates to protect wildlife habitat

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – April 9, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently received a $75,000 donation from Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery to help protect and restore habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife in Minnesota. The gift is the latest commitment from Flint Hills in a 28-year partnership with DU.

Two Habitat Projects Approved in North Carolina

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) often partners with Ducks Unlimited to make improvements to national wildlife refuges through a program called Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ).

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