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Northeastern Ohio Partners Receive NAWCA Grant

In 2011, Ducks Unlimited and its partners were awarded a $1 million grant through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) to conserve 1,909 acres of wetlands and associated wildlife habitat in northeastern Ohio.

Ohio: Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area

Pickerel Creek was the "flagship project" of Ohio's initial North American Waterfowl Management Plan efforts and the first project, outlined here, restored 380 acres of emergent marsh on the Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area and paved the way for a series of important projects to follow.

DU Helps Restore Lake Erie Hydrology to Middle Harbor

Middle Harbor is a 350-acre coastal wetland located along Lake Erie on the Catawba Peninsula. Due to the degraded nature of the wetland, its large size, and location along Lake Erie, Middle Harbor was identified by the DNR as a high priority for restoration.

Tiffin River land acquisition - Fulton Co.

In 2006, DU acquired two parcels totaling 127 acres in Fulton County. These parcels, which had been restored through the Wetland Reserve Program, were acquired with funds from the Northwest Ohio Wetlands Initiative NAWCA grant and were subsequently donated to the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Grand River conservation easement - Ashtabula Co.

Grand River Partners Inc. and Ashtabula SWCD accepted a 205-acre conservation easement from a landowner in Ashtabula County. This property is comprised of forested and emergent wetlands adjacent to hayfield production and will provide good breeding and brood rearing habitat for wood ducks.

Lake Erie marshes conservation easement

In 2006, 229 acres of high quality wetlands and associated uplands in Sandusky County were permanently protected through a conservation easement now held by the Black Swamp Conservancy. DU provided funds from the Northwest Ohio Wetlands Initiative NAWCA grant to purchase the easement, which protects the wetlands and uplands on the property from development, and ensures they will benefit waterfowl and other wildlife forever.

NW Ohio Grassland Restorations

DU partnered with the Ohio Division of Wildlife and Pheasants Forever to plant native warm season grasses on public lands managed by the Division of Wildlife in northwest Ohio. More than 480 acres of grasslands were established this year, including 217 acres at La Su An Wildlife Area in Williams County.

Ohio Private Lands Program

In 2006, DU partnered with the Ohio Division of Wildlife to contribute funding toward the Divison’s Private Lands Wetland Restoration Program. The Division uses these funds statewide, to provide financial assistance to landowners who restore wetlands on private lands.

Blausey Wetland Restoration - Ottawa Co.

DU partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore five acres of wetlands on a recently acquired tract along the Toussaint River. DU surveyed and designed the project and completed the restoration by breaking drain tiles and installing a new water control structure.

Get Ohio PRIDE: Putting resources into ducks

Ohio PRIDE is a major gift campaign developed by Ducks Unlimited to secure new Life Sponsors and upgrades to support waterfowl conservation. Through this program, donors can choose to restrict their dollars to Ohio to fund wetland conservation in DU priority landscapes.

DU license plates support wetland conservation

Last year Ohio Ducks Unlimited put a new face on its conservation license plate. The DU plate, which raises funds for wetland conservation, was updated with a new logo, but with the same message: Saving Wetlands.

Horvat Wetland Project Dedicated

On a sunny evening in June 2006, Ducks Unlimited (DU) staff and volunteers gathered with other conservation partners, including the Ohio Division of Wildlife and Pheasants Forever, to dedicate the Horvat Wetland and Grassland Restoration project at Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area in Trumbull County. In partnership with the Division of Wildlife, DU restored 58 acres of wetlands and Pheasants Forever restored 150 acres of grasslands on a 496-acre tract, which was acquired just a few years ago with assistance from these and other partners.

Ohio Rivers Priority Area

This priority area encompasses the watersheds of the Great Miami, Scioto, and Muskingum Rivers in central and southern Ohio. Very little of the Scioto River, which flows through Columbus, remains unaltered.

Ohio Conservation Projects

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

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