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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.

Rice Lands Provide Vital Waterfowl Habitat

Each fall, millions of waterfowl migrate from their northern breeding grounds to historical wintering sites in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) and along the Gulf Coast. Although the MAV once consisted largely of bottomland hardwood forests and the Gulf Coast was characterized by tall-grass prairie and shallow ponds, these regions have been transformed by agriculture and urbanization.

Conservation: The America's River Initiative

Restoring the glory of the lower Mississippi River floodplain for waterfowl, other wildlife, and people. By Andi Cooper.

Migration Alert: Mississippi Waterfowl Counts Reveal Impressive Numbers

Mississippi hunters pray for cold weather up north to push ducks into their state, and this year their prayers have been answered. A series of powerful cold fronts, hard freezes, and snow storms in the Midwest has triggered one of the biggest migrations of ducks into Mississippi in several years.

The Walker Foundation: A 25-year Partnership to Conserve America's River

The Walker Foundation has been supporting DU's conservation efforts in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley for nearly a quarter century. Through their support of DU's America's River Initiative, the Walkers will continue to ensure a strong future for waterfowl in this important region.

Conservation: Renovating Greentree Reservoirs

Careful management is required to maintain the productivity of these classic waterfowl habitats. By Jody Pagan.

America's River Initiative

Rebuilding the glory of the Mississippi River floodplain by conserving key wintering habitat for millions of waterfowl and reinforcing the region’s rich waterfowling legacy.

Four Generations of Philanthropy - John and Anna Riggs

The green timber of Arkansas is part of John Riggs' past, and now he's becoming part of its future. Since 2011, his support for DU has resulted in more than $100,000 for conservation work on Arkansas' Cache River.

Migration Alert: Mississippi biologist reports early mallards

Mississippi's season doesn't open until Nov. 23, but early habitat reports indicate the chance for an opportunity-rich season.

Hall, Dunklin represent ducks in Mississippi River working group

Hall, Dunklin represent ducks in Mississippi River working group

DU making a difference in the Mississippi Delta

Known as the birthplace of the blues, the inspiration for myriad works of literature and a duck-hunting history as rich as its soil, the Mississippi Delta provides critical habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Mississippi Alluvial Valley

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Mississippi Alluvial Valley priority area.

Waterfowl Energy Demands

Ducks need an abundance of carbohydrate-rich food to meet their needs during migration and winter.

Tara's Treasures

The story of a Mississippi Alluvial Valley estate that's been transformed into a wildlife area.

Project SWAMP

The Siting Wetlands in the Alluvial Mississippi Plain (SWAMP) Decision Support System was created to aid in effective conservation planning in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Project STREAM

Interactive mapping research done on the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley by Ducks Unlimited's GIS department.

Historical Forest Cover

A GIS profile of forested lands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley in the 1940s.

Askew WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

To enhance 400 acres of moist-soil habitat on Askew WMA through installation of a well and electric pump. The project, which will positively impact over 400 acres, required the installation of a well and electric pump, and the construction of more than one mile of overhead three-phase power line. DU, through its MARSH program, provided funding to offset costs associated with the well and pump, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) covered expenses related to the power line and for repairs to levees and water control structures.

Mississippi Alluvial Valley - More Information

More information about DU's Mississippi Alluvial Valley conservation priority area and the region's history.
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