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Protecting Grand River Wetlands – Koster Tract Acquisition

The river systems that form the southeast Lake Michigan watershed and their associated wetland complexes create a landscape that is vitally important to producing mallards and fueling spring-migrating waterfowl in Michigan.

DU Joins Manistee River State Game Area Project

Ducks Unlimited is partnering with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to restore and enhance a portion of the Manistee River State Game Area near the town of Manistee in northern Michigan.

Dusseau Tract Restoration Completed in Michigan

Ducks Unlimited recently completed a project to restore the 66-acre Dusseau Tract on the Erie State Game Area in Monroe County, Michigan. Once drained for agriculture, the tract now comprises 38 acres of rare lake-plain wet prairie and 28 acres of coastal wetlands along southwestern Lake Erie, benefiting nesting, migrating, and wintering waterfowl.

Funding Secured to Complete Michigan State Game Area Project

Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a $161,589 grant through the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA) to enhance 1,250 acres of vital emergent wetlands on Michigan's Crow Island State Game Area.

NAWCA Grant Supports Conservation in Western Michigan

Ducks Unlimited has been awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve key wetland habitat in western Michigan.

Partners protect critical Saginaw Bay wetlands

In the spring of 2008, Ducks Unlimited applied for a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to protect, restore, and enhance more than 4,000 acres of vital upland and wetland habitat throughout Michigan's Saginaw Bay and Lake Erie watersheds.

Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area Project Completed

Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in Bay County, Michigan, consists of approximately 1,400 acres of Great Lakes coastal marsh and associated upland habitats along Michigan's Saginaw Bay.

NAWCA grant funds critical land protection in coastal west Michigan

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.

Michigan: Malan Waterfowl Production Area

Malan Waterfowl Production Area was acquired and established in 2006 as Michigan's fourth WPA.

Michigan Ducks Unlimited Specialty License Plate

Specialty license plates can raise significant funds for an organization that can be used to leverage and match additional federal and state dollars.

Policy News 3-3

DU conservation staff discuss common ground issues with Farm Bureau; Conservation hero makes surprise visit to GLARO office, discusses issues affecting Great Lakes region; Sen. Stabenow, DU present at Farm Bill Forum; DU's Conservation Programs Committee meets to discuss 2012 Farm Bill, Clean Water and other policy issues

GLARO Engineering: Projects

Engineering projects designed and implemented by DU's Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office engineering staff

Ada Township Roselle Park & Ridgepoint Church

DU partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program to restore wetland and grassland habitat on land owned by Ridgepoint Church in Ottawa County and Ada Township in Kent County. Combined, these projects resulted in the restoration of 23 wetland acres and 45 grassland acres that will provide quality production habitat for ducks and other wildlife.

Baldwin Flooding (Jackson County)

In 1957, the Michigan DNR impounded Trist Creek to create a 63-acre emergent marsh known as Baldwin Flooding. Over time, Baldwin became a key waterfowl migration and brood-rearing habitat and is one of the most heavily used public use areas at Waterloo Recreation Area.

Erie Marsh Preserve (Monroe County)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) owns the 2,200-acre Erie Marsh Preserve, a complex of impounded coastal wetlands, agricultural fields, and open water associated with North Maumee Bay on Lake Erie. TNC manages the property with the Erie Shooting and Fishing Club (ESFC), who retain a hunting lease on the property.

Croplife America & DU Partnership

CropLife America and DU are partnering on a national level in a Wildlife Conservation-Technology Initiative. Established in 1933, CropLife America represents the developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of plant science solutions for agriculture and pest management in the United States.

Dusseau Acquisition—Erie SGA (Monroe Co.)

DU provided $81,000 to the Michigan DNR to help acquire the 66-acre Dusseau tract. The parcel is located six miles north of the Ohio border in an area known for supporting large populations of waterfowl, particularly during migration.

Wigwam Bay State Wildlife Area Coastal Marsh

DU and the Michigan DNR are partnering to restore approximately 135 acres of coastal wetland habitat at Wigwam Bay State Wildlife Area. DU secured funding from the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, Bay Area Community Foundation, and Dow Chemical Company and used these funds to match a $75,000 request to the North American Wetlands Conservation Council that was submitted in December.

Nayanquing Pt. Wildlife Area B & D Pumps(Bay Co.)

Nayanquing Point consists of 1,400 acres of coastal wetlands, managed wetland impoundments, and agricultural fields that are flooded for waterfowl hunting. The management of these wetlands is made possible via a complex of ditches, pumps, and water control structures.

Saganing Rod and Gun Club (Arenac County)

DU provided $132,383 from the Saginaw Bay to Lake Erie Coastal Habitat NAWCA grant to help the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy acquire and permanently protect this 38.4-acre tract of coastal wetlands and associated uplands. This property contains a combined 3,600 feet of frontage on Saginaw Bay and the Saganing River and provides migration and brood-rearing habitat for ducks and other wildlife.

Clark’s Marsh (Iosco County)

Clark’s Marsh is a complex of three emergent wetland basins totaling 65 acres that were developed decades ago by beaver. These wetlands are located in the floodplain of the Au Sable River, three miles from Lake Huron.

Saginaw Bay program receives foundation supoort

Ducks Unlimited has worked with a variety of conservation partners since the mid-1990s to conserve more than 20,000 acres of wetland and associated habitats in the Saginaw Bay watershed. DU’s conservation work in this important area received a big boost in late 2006, when the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation announced gifts to DU of $500,000 and $150,000 respectively, to fund conservation efforts over the next five years.

DU receives largest private donation ever in MI

In July 2006, Ducks Unlimited received the largest private donation in Michigan DU history! The anonymous donor, a long-time supporter of DU, avid hunter, fly fisherman, and conservationist, pledged $1 million in support of DU’s conservation work in west Michigan. DU will leverage this gift against funds from conservation partners, foundations, and public grants to conserve key wetland and grassland habitat, primarily in the Southeast Lake Michigan Watershed priority area.

DU has land for sale

In 2006, DU accepted a donation of 2.3 acres of land in Oakland County. The property includes frontage on Sashabaw Road in close proximity to Independence Oaks County Park and contains a stretch of the Clinton River. Accepting gifts of land (habitat or for development) and other items (e.g. a vehicle) is one of the many ways DU raises funds to further its conservation efforts.

DU & Michigan DNR host second MI Pride Dedication

On September 9, a dedication took place at Shiawassee River State Game Area (SGA) to commemorate the partnership between DU, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, Shiawassee Flats Citizens and Hunters Association, and Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, which led to the restoration and enhancement of five wetlands totaling 342 acres at the SGA.

DU & Partners Complete 4,125 Acres in Saginaw Bay

Ducks Unlimited and a coalition of 17 conservation partners have conserved 4,125 acres of wetland and grassland habitat on public and private lands across the 22-county Saginaw Bay Watershed. Funding for Phase II of the Saginaw Bay Wetland Initiative came from a $1,000,000 federal grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, awarded to DU in 2001. DU accepted this grant on behalf of the partnership that together pledged $4.07 million in matching funds toward the grant.

DU Acquires Michigan's Fourth Public WPA

On September 1, 2006, Ducks Unlimited (DU) acquired 138 acres of wetlands, forest, and agricultural land from a private landowner in Jackson County and donated the property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as Michigan’s fourth waterfowl production area (WPA). DU used more than $581,000 from the Grand River Watershed NAWCA grant, Washtenaw Land Trust, and other private sources to purchase the Malan Unit, the first new WPA in Michigan since the early 1980s.

Southeast Lake Michigan Priority Area

The lower portion of the Lake Michigan watershed is one of the fastest growing and most urbanized regions in the Great Lakes Basin. Agriculture and urban development dominate the landscape and have resulted in drained wetlands, fragmented forests, and increased sedimentation and nutrient-loading in lakes and streams.

Saginaw Bay Priority Area

The Saginaw Bay is one of largest remaining freshwater coastal systems in the nation, comprised of a 22-county watershed, and is the largest watershed in Michigan. Approximately 10% of the state drains to the bay via the Saginaw River. Major tributaries include the Titabawassee, Shiawassee, and Flint rivers. Settlement and intensive farming led to the loss and degradation of more than 50% of these wetlands.

Erie Marsh Preserve Phragmites Control

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) owns the Erie Marsh Preserve, a 2,200-acre complex of impounded coastal wetlands, agricultural fields and open water associated with North Maumee Bay on Lake Erie. TNC manages the property along with the Erie Shooting and Fishing Club, who retain a long-term waterfowl hunting lease on the property.

Michigan Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Michigan. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

Baldwin Flooding at Waterloo Recreation Area

In 1957, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources impounded Trist Creek to create a 63-acre managed emergent marsh known as the Baldwin Flooding.This project was undertaken with a goal of providing a cornerstone waterfowl and recreational use area at Waterloo, a 20,782-acre Recreation Area located in Jackson County.
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