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Six North Carolina Ducks Unlimited chapters make Top 100

RALEIGH, N.C. – April 4, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America's wetlands. In 2013 six North Carolina chapters made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

SAVE THE DATE AUGUST 14-16 NCDU State Convention in Nags Head, NC


Migration Alert: Hunters Faring Well on North Carolina Coast

The job of waterfowl manager can be one of those "none of the credit, all of the blame" professions. Too often your efforts go unnoticed, except of course when waterfowl numbers and hunting success are poor. That hasn't been the case this year, at least in North Carolina.

Ducks Unlimited honors staff member, volunteer leader in Carolinas

CLOVER, S.C. – Aug. 20, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently awarded Regional Director Justin Harris a 2012-13 Co-Regional Director of the Year award for his outstanding efforts as a staff member in Region 7, an area that encompasses the southeastern United States.

North Carolina native elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors

KITTY HAWK, NC – June 21, 2013 – James "Jim" Cerza Jr., of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, was elected to Ducks Unlimited Inc.'s national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in Portland, Ore.

Southeast Wetlands Initiative

Supporting the rich outdoor heritage of the southeastern United States by conserving key habitats for Atlantic and eastern Mississippi Flyway waterfowl.

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).

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 27, 2013 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation. This elite group is considered the best of the best when it comes to fundraising and overall chapter strength.

North Carolina Attorney General Awards Grant to DU

Ducks Unlimited has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the North Carolina Attorney General's Office for wetland restoration work on Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land in Wake, Durham, and Granville counties. This is the eighth grant that DU has received through the attorney general's Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) Program.

Newly elected lawmakers talk sportsmen’s issues

This month, the Waterfowl Advocate interviewed three newly elected lawmakers about the legislative issues they see affecting sportsmen in the upcoming Congress.

Migration Alert: Ducks Arriving Early in North Carolina

Arriving waterfowl have been aided by ample natural wetlands, thanks to a fairly wet summer and recent rains.

Land Acquisition Benefits North Carolina Wildlife

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Nature Conservancy to acquire 463 acres of the 1,600-acre Pinch Gut Tract in Brunswick County.

Two Ducks Unlimited members nominated for conservation awards

Thirty-three year DU member Eddie Bridges was announced Field & Stream's 2012 Hero of Conservation.

North Carolina attorney general awards grant to Ducks Unlimited

RALEIGH, N.C. – July 30, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the North Carolina Attorney General's Office for wetlands restoration on Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land in Wake, Durham and Granville counties.

New Project Proposed on North Carolina's Neuse Game Land

Ducks Unlimited recently submitted a proposal to the North Carolina Attorney General's Environmental Enhancement Grant Program to restore 593 acres on Neuse Game Land in Wake County.

North Carolina DU announces First Annual Carver/Decoy of the Year Championship

Event to be held at NCDU State Convention on Aug. 18, 2012

North Carolina DU announces First Annual Artist/Print of the Year Contest

NCDU invites the public to participate in the First Annual North Carolina Ducks Unlimited "Artist of the Year/Print of the Year" Contest, which will be held at the North Carolina State Convention on August 18, 2012, in Wilmington, NC.

Ducks Unlimited Sweet 16 university chapters recognized for outstanding volunteer, fundraising efforts in 2011

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 23, 2012 - Each spring, Ducks Unlimited announces its Sweet 16 list of top-producing volunteer university chapters throughout the nation.

Project Proposed on North Carolina's Neuse Game Land

Ducks Unlimited recently submitted a proposal to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office Environmental Enhancement Grant Program to restore 593 acres on Neuse Game Land in Wake County, North Carolina.

Five N.C. Ducks Unlimited chapters recognized nationally

The following chapters earned a spot in the Top 100 out of the more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide: Clinton, Cumberland, Currituck, Harnett County and Raleigh.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

RIDGELAND, Miss. – March 19, 2012 – As the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month's milestone 9th Annual World Water Day.

Expiration of enhanced tax incentives could mean less conservation easement activity in 2012 after banner year in DU's Southern Region

With the looming expiration of enhanced easement tax incentives on Dec. 31, Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region experienced a banner year for donated conservation easements.

North Carolina: J. Morgan Futch Game Land Restoration

The J. Morgan Futch Game Land Restoration Project covers 600 acres in North Carolina.

NAWCA Grants Hanging in the Budget Balance

Wetland conservation grants approved, but will there be funding?

Ducks Unlimited Names Top 100 Chapters

The Top 100 Chapters are among Ducks Unlimited's most successful chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is reserved for the top 100 chapters that raise up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission.

DU Acquires First Conservation Easement in Eastern Washington

DU recently acquired a 317-acre conservation easement on the Rosenau property in Spokane County, Washington, that will protect wetlands and surrounding upland habitat from development.

North Carolina Grant Supports Cape Fear Acquisition

Ducks Unlimited recently received a $375,000 grant from the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office through the Environmental Enhancement Grant Program. These funds will be used to acquire land along the Cape Fear River that will be managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. This is the third grant received by DU in support of its work in the Cape Fear River Basin. Past projects funded by this grant program have been used to restore wetland habitat on agricultural lands and in bottomland hardwood forests, improve water quality, control flooding, and provide public outdoor recreation opportunities.

Join Ducks Unlimited for NC Conservation Celebration

If you have a passion for wetlands and waterfowl, a love of the natural world and all its wonders, then Ducks Unlimited and partners invite you to join them in celebrating the lasting legacy for waterfowl and wetlands conservation accomplished through North Carolina's Sound CARE Initiative.

NCDU Sound CARE A Cause for Celebration! March 4th 2011

Please join us for the North Carolina Ducks Unlimited Sound CARE Celebration Friday, March 4, 2011 6:30 PM The Pavilions at the Angus Barn 9410 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC Please RSVP by Friday, February 25th Reply Card Enclosed

The Dohn Broadwell Suggs Mill Pond Project Dedication

Wednesday November 17th 2010 was a beautiful fall day, displaying nature’s handiwork like the palate of an accomplished artist on this special occasion when one of North Carolina Ducks Unlimited’s strongest supporters received recognition for a lifetime of work. Dohn Broadwell is the type of man that would defer any personal recognition to someone else. On this day however, eighty-five of Dohn’s friends and family came from as far as five hours away to assure that he did in fact receive the recognition that he so deserved.

DU, partners complete North Carolina wetlands project

Ducks Unlimited and partners recently completed wetlands restoration work in east-central North Carolina funded in part by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant. Partners including Ducks Unlimited, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and Neuse River Investments, LLC provided $2,221,807 in funding to complement the $999,067 NAWCA grant. Improvements to Goose Creek Game Lands...

E. Merle Edwards Dedication in North Carolina

In January, seventy-five DU volunteers and major sponsors attended the dedication of the E. Merle Edwards Wetland Restoration Project at the Gull Rock Game Land Impoundment near Lake Mattamuskeet, North Carolina. The project and dedication were in honor of E. Merle Edwards in recognition of his strong commitment to family, friends and community.

DU reaches conservation milestone in South Atlantic

Ducks Unlimited recently achieved another milestone by conserving its 250,000th acre in the South Atlantic Flyway. Public and private lands projects in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are providing crucial habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl in the region.

DU and Partners Receive $1 Million for North Carolina Wetlands Conservation

Ducks Unlimited and partners received a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant for protection and enhancement of over 20,000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat in southeastern North Carolina. Partners contributed over $3 million in matching funds toward the federal grant.

Roanoke River NWR Broadneck Unit NAWCA Project

Roanoke River NWR Broadneck Unit NAWCA Project The recently completed Broadneck Unit project restored hydrology to 1,050 acres of the Roanoke River NWR in Bertie County, N.C.

NC DU Volunteer Wins Officer of the Year

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, an organization of state agencies with primary responsibility for management and protection of the fish and wildlife resources in 15 states, has named Officer Robert Wayne with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as the top wildlife officer for 2008. The award, presented in Corpus Christi, Texas on Oct. 13, came in recognition of outstanding service to conservation and a long list of accomplishments, including a night rescue of a family whose boat was taking on water in rough seas.

DU AND PARTNERS RECEIVE $999,067 FOR NORTH CAROLINA COASTAL WETLANDS CONSERVATION

DU AND PARTNERS RECEIVE $999,067 FOR NORTH CAROLINA COASTAL WETLANDS CONSERVATION Federal NAWCA grant supports long-term wetland conservation GREENVILLE, N.C., March 25, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited and partners received a $999,067 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for protection and enhancement of 3,812 acres of coastal wetlands in east-central North Carolina. Partners contributed over $2.2 million in matching funds toward the federal grant.

North Carolina Takes Top Honors at Ducks Unlimited Leadership Meeting

For the second time in three years, and the third time in history, North Carolina was recognized as Ducks Unlimited’s top state when NCDU State Chairman Lee Warren was awarded the #1 State Chairman Award at the 2008 DU National Leadership Conference that was recently held in Memphis.

Ducks Unlimited Celebrates World Wetlands Day with Youth

Ducks Unlimited hosts youth waterfowl hunts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee this weekend. These hunts fall on World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate and share the importance of wetlands world-wide. Attendees have the opportunity to make a personal connection with wetlands through waterfowl hunting.

Ducks Unlimited Completes Project on Mattamuskeet NWR

Ducks Unlimited Completes Project on Mattamuskeet NWR North Carolina National Wildlife Refuge Receives Water Control Structures FAIRFIELD, N.C., January 21, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited completed a two-year project to improve water control capabilities on Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge in Hyde County, North Carolina. Ducks Unlimited partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to implement the project. Additional funding came from a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant and from the North Carolina Attorney General’s Environmental Enhancement Grants program.

House takes major step to protect waterfowl habitat in North Carolina

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2007 – The U.S. House of Representatives said no, Thursday, to funding a new U.S. Navy landing field in eastern North Carolina. Since 2002, Ducks Unlimited has urged the Navy to find a different location for its Outlying Landing Field because of possible negative effects to waterfowl and pilot safety. The proposed site is close to Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is an important area for waterfowl populations.

DU receives environmental grant from N.C. Attorney General

Raleigh, N.C., April 4, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited received a $475,000 grant from the North Carolina Attorney General’s Environmental Enhancement Grant program. DU will use the grant to restore, enhance and protect nearly 900 acres of wetlands in Hyde, Pasquotank and Halfax counties as part of its Sound CARE Initiative aimed at conserving wetland habitat in North Carolina.

Statement concerning proposed construction of Navy Outlying Landing Field, NC

DU is an international wetlands conservation organization with more than one million members and supporters and has more than 20,000 members in North Carolina. DU’s mission is to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for the benefit of North America’s waterfowl.

DU urges Navy to choose alternative location for Outlying Landing Field

Washington, DC, March 30, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and other leading conservation organizations want the Navy to choose a different site for its Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in North Carolina. The groups made their feelings known at a national press conference Thursday.

DU urges Navy to choose alternative location for Outlying Landing Field - NC

Washington, DC, March 30, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and other leading conservation organizations want the Navy to choose a different site for its Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in North Carolina. The groups made their feelings known at a national press conference Thursday.

Louisburg Going to the Dogs - NC

LOUISBURG, North Carolina — Come see how far and how high dogs can jump during the Ducks Unlimited (DU) Super Fly and Super V events as some of the best sporting dogs in the country compete in the Super Retriever Series (SRS).

DU Board Member Speaks Out Against Navy OLF

RALEIGH, N.C., March 19, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited Board Member Lloyd Goode of North Carolina has prepared a statement opposing the Navy's proposal to construct an outlying landing field (OLF) in Washington County, North Carolina. Mr. Goode will present this statement tonight at the Hyde County Public Hearing on the Navy’s Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS).

Gov. Mike Easley Urges Fellow Hunters to Press Congress to Stop OLF

RALEIGH, N.C., March 13, 2007 - Gov. Mike Easley sent a letter to his fellow hunters, including members of Ducks Unlimited, urging them to appeal to members of Congress to withhold funding for the U.S. Navy’s proposal to put an outlying landing field in Eastern North Carolina. The site is near one of the most important waterfowl reserves in the Atlantic Flyway near the Beaufort-Washington county line.

North Carolina County Enrolls Fifth-Graders in Project Webfoot

Memphis, TN, November 7, 2006 - Carteret County, North Carolina, recently became the first county in the nation to enroll its entire population of fifth-grade students in Ducks Unlimited new Project Webfoot wetlands education program.

Habitat Restoration Project Complete at Roanoke River Refuge

Waterfowl and other migratory birds will benefit from the 411 acres of flooded bottomland hardwood forest that were restored on Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Wetland managers can now control water levels that mimic natural hydrology regimes which were altered when an upstream dam was constructed.

Conservation Project Completed - Roanoke River NWR

River flow alteration, habitat conversion and water quality degradation have negatively impacted forested wetlands and migratory bird populations along the Roanoke River. The purpose of this project was to restore hydrology to 411 acres of bottomland hardwood forest and improve wildlife habitat on Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation Project Completed - Roanoke Island Marshes

The purpose of this project was to restore management capability to a brackish marsh impoundment and associated upland live oak hammock. To accomplish this task partners installed a water control structure, a pump to control flooding of the impoundment, and reconstructed the levees.

Conservation Project Completed - North River Game Lands

Through this project partners restored prior converted agricultural land to managed emergent wetlands for wintering waterfowl in the North River floodplain of Northeastern North Carolina. Ditching, draining, and clearing of hardwood swamps for agriculture purposes have drastically altered this river system.

Conservation Project Completed - Johns River

To acquire by fee simple purchase, a 600-acre tract of bottomland and associated uplands in the Johns River Basin. This project afforded DU the opportunity to partner with the NCWRC in the protection of approximately 600 acres of prior converted agricultural fields located in the floodplain of the Catawba River in Burke County.

Conservation Project Completed - Currituck NWR

This conservation project will provide a dependable source of freshwater for wintering waterfowl on Currituck NWR. The project involved the installation of a new well field and pump station to enhance a 150-acre emergent wetland.

DU and Partners Receive NAWCA Grant for Roanoke River Wetland Conservation

WINDSOR, N.C., May 4, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and its partners have been awarded a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve 2,159 acres of wetlands and associated uplands throughout the Roanoke and Chowan River basins in North Carolina and Virginia.

Commission Increases Support for Waterfowl Conservation

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission voted at its December meeting to increase its contribution to Ducks Unlimited (DU), supporting waterfowl and wetlands conservation on the Canadian breeding grounds. The Commission agreed unanimously to increase its contribution to $30,000 - doubling its annual contribution.

DU Awarded $400,000 Grant From Attorney General's Office

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Nov. 3, 2005 - North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper recently announced a $400,000 grant to Ducks Unlimited (DU) for its Sound CARE (Conservation of Agriculture Resources Environment) program to conserve more than 1,800 acres of habitat throughout North Carolina. The funds will be used to permanently protect 1,000 acres of habitat via conservation easements and/or acquisition. In addition, more than 800 acres of wetlands will be restored on several public areas including Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Mattamuskeet NWR, and North River Game Land.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Increases Funding for Waterfowl Conservation - NC

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will increase its contribution to Ducks Unlimited, in support of wetland and waterfowl conservation in the Maritime provinces of eastern Canada.

Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont priority area

E. Merle Edwards Dedication

January 2010 marked the dedication of the E. Merle Edwards Wetland Restoration Project at Gull Rock Game Land Impoundment near Lake Mattamuskeet, N.C.

Little River Chapter

Under the guidance of Larry Wilkins, DU regional director, the Little River Chapter in North Carolina pulled off a very successful event this past year with their annual dinner held on Oct. 15.

Pocosin Lakes NWR 2009

In March 2009, DU completed construction at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge under an existing agreement with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. A combination of 49 water control structures and culverts were used to improve water delivery at Pocosin Lakes NWR, impacting 13,500 acres of unique pocosin habitat in Hyde, Tyrrell and Washington Counties in North water control structures Ducks Unlimited installed at Pocosin Lakes NWR New water control structure at Pocosin Lakes NWR. Carolina. A pocosin is a type of freshwater wetland characterized by nutrient-deficient soils composed of shallow or deep peat, sometimes referred to as “shrub bogs”.

Caledonia State Prison NAWCA Project

DU recently completed work on the Caledonia State Prison project in Halifax County, NC. This project was also part of the Roanoke River Migratory Bird Initiative II NAWCA grant. The project involved construction of levees and installation of three water control structures to restore 77 acres of prior-converted agricultural fields to shallow water managed wetlands.

Roanoke River Broadneck Unit

The recently completed Broadneck Unit project restored hydrology to 1,050 acres of the Roanoke River NWR in Bertie County, NC. This project was part of the Roanoke River Migratory Bird Initiative II NAWCA grant that was approved in early 2006.

Where North Carolina's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region, Great Lakes Region and St. Lawrence Plain are critical to North Carolina waterfowl hunters. A significant portion of North Carolina’s annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”.

Roanoke River NWR - Askew Tract

River flow alteration, habitat conversion and water quality degradation have negatively impacted forested wetlands and migratory bird populations along the Roanoke River. The purpose of this project was to restore hydrology to 411 acres of bottomland hardwood forest and improve wildlife habitat on Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge.

Roanoke Island Marshes - Midgett Impoundment

The purpose of this project was to restore management capability to a brackish marsh impoundment and associated upland live oak hammock. To accomplish this task partners installed a water control structure, a pump to control flooding of the impoundment, and reconstructed the levees.

North River Game Lands - Harrison Tract

Through this project partners restored prior converted agricultural land to managed emergent wetlands for wintering waterfowl in the North River floodplain of Northeastern North Carolina. Ditching, draining, and clearing of hardwood swamps for agriculture purposes have drastically altered this river system.

Johns River - Acquisition Project

To acquire by fee simple purchase, a 600-acre tract of bottomland and associated uplands in the Johns River Basin. This project afforded DU the opportunity to partner with the NCWRC in the protection of approximately 600 acres of prior converted agricultural fields located in the floodplain of the Catawba River in Burke County.

Currituck NWR - Swan Island

This conservation project will provide a dependable source of freshwater for wintering waterfowl on Currituck NWR. The project involved the installation of a new well field and pump station to enhance a 150-acre emergent wetland. Situated along the outer banks, this project site will provide critical freshwater wetland habitat for migratory birds and the supplemental water system will enhance wetland management capability, especially during period of droughts.

Roanoke River NAWCA Project

To protect and enhance wetlands, associated uplands, forest and riverine features throughout the Roanoke and Chowan River basins. Five projects comprise this conservation effort, which was made possible by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant.

Wengeler WPA Pump Project

Ducks Unlimited (DU) partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to install a pump to provide water for the Wengeler Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Cavalier County near the city of Devils Lake, North Dakota. The project which was completed in 2004 provides pumping capabilities for over 65 acres of wetlands on the WPA, ensuring adequate breeding pair and brood-rearing habitat in most years.

North Carolina Conservation Projects

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

Roanoke River Wetlands Game Lands - Whitley Tract

Historically, the lower Roanoke River Basin has been an important wintering area for mallards, black ducks, wood ducks, and many other species of migratory birds. Periodic wet and dry cycles are normal for this habitat and a primary reason for its high level of productivity.

J. Morgan Futch Game Lands

This page depicts the J. Morgan Futch Game Lands.

Pee Dee NWR

This page depicts the Pee Dee NWR.

Pocosin Lakes NWR

This page depicts a wood duck at Pocosin Lakes NWR.

Pungo NWR - Pumping Station

The purpose of this project was to provide pumping capabilities on 350 acres of waterfowl habitat throughout Pungo NWR. A pumping station would improve habitat management on three moist-soil impoundments and provide standing water on harvested agricultural fields during the wintering period for migrating waterfowl.

Pocosin Lakes NWR - Wood Duck Brood Habitat

To develop brood rearing habitat for wood ducks on prior-converted agricultural lands through construction of dikes, ditch plugs and installation of water control structures on Pocosin Lakes NWR. Conservation efforts will restore 300 acres of wetland habitat that will directly benefit breeding wood ducks. Semi-permanent scrub-shrub wetlands will provide needed cover and food resources for young wood ducks.

Pocosin Lakes NWR - Wood Duck Nest Box Project

The purpose of this project was to provide wood duck nest boxes to severely altered pocosin habitats where hydrology has been restored and natural cavities do not exist. With brood habitat restored, wood duck hatchlings will have much better chance for survival.

Mattamuskeet NWR - Wetlands Enhancement Projects

Ducks Unlimited's involvement as a conservation partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Mattamuskeet NWR dates back to the early 1990s. Projects at Mattamuskeet NWR have included funding for chemical herbicides to spray infestations of phragmites throughout wetland cells (Phases I, III, & V) and funding for the purchase of pumps and pump stations to facilitate water level management in wetland units (Phases II & IV).

White Oak River Game Lands - Waterfowl Impoundment

To refurbish a deteriorated levee and enhance management capabilities on 100 acres of brackish marsh within White Oak River Game Lands. This project will benefit a wide variety of duck species including mallards, wigeon, gadwall, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, and shovelers.

Gull Rock Game Lands - Wetlands Restoration

This multi-phase project consisted of restoring dikes and installation of water control structures (phase I), spraying herbicides on noxious stands of phragmites (Phase II), and purchase and installation of a fixed pumping station (Phase III) on Gull Rock Game Lands. When intensively managed with brackish waters from nearby Pamlico Sound, this area provides excellent habitat for American wigeon, gadwall, Northern pintail, black ducks and lesser scaup.

Mackay Island NWR - Restoration and Enhancement

Ducks Unlimited has performed several MARSH projects on Mackay Island NWR over the last 10 years.

Perkins Game Lands - Hunting Creek Swamp

To acquire 137 acres of riverine wetlands and uplands on Perkins Game Lands. The acquisition of bottomland hardwoods (45 acres) provides valuable foraging habitat to migrating and wintering waterfowl near Hunting Creek. This project provides hunting opportunities and is managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Roanoke River Game Lands

This page displays the Roanoke River Game Lands sign.

Great Dismal Swamp NWR - Wetlands Enhancement

The purpose of this project was to enhance wintering habitat for migrating waterfowl and brooding rearing habitat for locally breeding wood ducks through construction of dikes and installation of water control structures in portions of prior-converted agricultural lands. This project positively affects over 7,000 acres of wetlands habitat on Great dismal Swamp NWR.

Caswell Game Land - Highrock Waterfowl Impoundment

To restore 14 acres of moist-soil wetlands on Caswell Game Lands through renovation of dikes and installation of a water control structure. The waterfowl impoundment, originally developed by Ducks Unlimited and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) in 1998, experienced erosion to a portion of the project's low dike.

Alligator River NWR - Twiford Units - Enhancement

The purpose of this project was to restore dikes and water control structures on several hundred acres of prior-converted agricultural fields at Alligator River NWR. Several hundred feet of dikes were refurbished and several water control structures were replaced with new structures to restore management potential on the refuge.

Goose Creek Game Lands - Phragmites Control

To enhance habitat quality within a complex of brackish impoundments on Goose Creek Game Lands through herbicide application on noxious stands of phragmites and purchase and installation of pumps / power units to facilitate flooding and draw down of the impoundments. These managed wetlands are extremely important to waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and raptors that migrate along coastal North Carolina.

Bladen Lakes State Forest - Waterfowl Impoundment

The purpose of this project was to restore water level management capability on a freshwater reserve pond by installation of an aluminum flashboard riser in an existing dike. This project would enhance 8 acres of forested wetland habitat on Bladen Lakes State Forest.

Robeson County Game Lands - Ashpole Swamp

To protect 42 acres of bottomland hardwoods along Ashpole Swamp. The purpose of this project was to add additional acreage to NC Wildlife Resources Commission Game Lands through fee title acquisition.

Croatan National Forest - Catfish Lake Impoundment

This project consisted of constructing new cross dikes to subdivide existing impoundments, refurbishing existing dikes, installation of 8 new water control structures, and purchase of equipment to mechanically disturb soils to stimulate the growth of moist-soil plants important to wintering waterfowl. Restoration of the dikes and water control structures will allow for more intensive management of this important wintering area.

Roanoke River Wetlands - Everett Tract Acquisition

To acquire and protect 880 acres of wetland and upland habitats along the Roanoke River. The purpose of this project was to add additional acreage to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Game Lands Program.

Roanoke River Wetlands - Conine Island Acquisition

To acquire and protect 3,748 acres bottomland hardwoods and associated uplands along the Roanoke River and its tributaries. The purpose of this project was to add acreage to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's Games Lands Program. Bottomland hardwoods are excellent habitat for deer and wild turkeys during dry periods and exceptional habitat for ducks when flooded during winter months.

Roanoke River Wetlands - Rogerson Tract

To acquire and protect 253 acres of wetland and upland habitats along the Roanoke River. The purpose of this project was to add additional acreage to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Game Lands Program.

Pee Dee NWR - Andrews Complex Wetland Project

Ducks Unlimited (DU) partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Progress Energy to restore 20 acres of freshwater wetland on Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge in Anson County N.C. The project was completed in September 2005 and the restored wetland will help support populations of migrating waterfowl, raptors and wading birds.

Pee Dee NWR - Wetlands Restoration

The purpose of this project was to restore management potential to an existing wetlands system on Pee Dee NWR through construction of dikes and installation of water control structures. Phase II of this project included the purchase of a portable pump that is used to re-flood waterfowl impoundments prior to the wintering season, thus providing a dependable source of water during dry periods.

J Morgan Futch - Acquisition Project

To acquire and protect 600 acres of predominately agricultural land in eastern North Carolina. The site consists of 429 acres of agricultural land, 24 acres of moist-soil habitat, 97 acres of impoundments, 10 acres of pine shelterwood stands, and 40 acres of cut-over bottomland hardwoods.

J Morgan Futch Game Lands - Restoration Project

To develop high quality wintering waterfowl habitat from prior-converted agricultural fields through construction of 18,000' of new interior levees, installation of 25 water control structures, 6 pipe structures, one 12" deep well and installation of two 24" relift pumps. Swans, Canada geese, mallards, black ducks, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, wood ducks, wading birds and shorebirds will all benefit from this project.

Johns River Waterfowl Area

To provide habitat for breeding, migrating and wintering waterfowl through construction of a dike and installation of a water control structure, thus enhancing 6 acres of wetlands habitat on Johns River Waterfowl Area. In addition, native tame grasses were planted on 51 acres and nesting structures were erected as part of this project. This project is managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
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