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DU Participates in Chesapeake Bay Partnership Meeting

Ducks Unlimited recently participated in a Chesapeake Bay partnership meeting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to discuss funding opportunities through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

DU and XTO Energy Conserve Pennsylvania Habitat

Ducks Unlimited and XTO Energy are building a partnership to conserve vital habitat for migrating waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife in Pennsylvania.

Shell and DU Partner to Conserve Pennsylvania Habitat

Shell Oil Company recently donated $250,000 to Ducks Unlimited's Northwest Pennsylvania Priority Habitat Restoration Program.

Pennsylvania: Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area

Ducks Unlimited and several partners enhanced and restored 653 acres of emergent marsh at Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area.

Breaking Ground at Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area

The restoration and enhancement of 639 acres of wetland habitat at the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area (WMA) wetlands complex, located in western Crawford county Pennsylvania, began this fall.

Delaware Bay Priority Area

The Delaware Bay is one of the most important wintering areas in North America and is a major link in the migratory chain that stretches from South America to Canada along the Atlantic flyway. In the Delaware Bay watershed, land use conversion and land management practices have resulted in widespread loss, fragmentation, and degradation of wildlife habitat, and deterioration of the quality of water entering the bay.

Lower Susquehanna Priority Area

The Susquehanna River is the largest tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the source of the most freshwater, and the largest single source of nutrients to the Bay. This area accounts for only 25% of Pennsylvania lands, but 46% of all farms, 65% of the agricultural industry, and 55% of all highly erodible cropland in the state.

Pennsylvania Conservation Projects

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

Corbins Island II

Located just downstream of Raystown Lake, the largest inland lake in Pennsylvania, lies the Corbin’s Island wetland restoration project. This wetland restoration project is located on the U.S. Corps of Engineers property and was completed in November 2002 through a cooperative partnership between Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with assistance from the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service, PA - Department of Environmental Protection, Huntingdon County Conservation District, Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps and the Pennsylvania Conservation Corps.

Corbin Island Wetland Restoration Project

The Corbin Island wetland restoration project site is located just downstream from the Raystown Lake Dam near Huntingdon, PA. The project comes just four months past the signing of a national Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ducks Unlimited.

Yamialikowski Wetland Restoration Project - Eastern Pennsylvania

The Floyd Yamialkowski farm, located in northwestern Wayne County, PA has pastured their dairy cows in this 21-acre scrub shrub wetland for over 50 years.Through the Habitat Stewardship Program, Ducks Unlimited was able to restore this wetland by implementing 6,000 feet of cattle exclusionary fence and constructing a 500-foot low earthen berm.

Clarence Rickard Project, Cherry Ridge

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Wayne County Conservation District to improve black duck habitat in Wayne County. This site was previously ditched to remove hydrology for making hay and used as a winter pasture for livestock.

Shultz Farm Riparian Buffer Restoration

Ducks Unlimited in partnership with the Montgomery County NRCS office restored 2.5 acres of riparian buffer on the Schultz property this past spring. As part of the restoration, Mr. Schultz agreed to implement 2,525 ft of stream bank fencing which would exclude his dairy herd from the stream.

Blooming Grove, Pike County

Ducks Unlimited restored a retired stone quarry to a 30- acre wetland complex that can be managed as six separate units. Three of the units were settling ponds and can be used as deep-water habitat for brood rearing and survival.

High school students aid in restoration

On May 8 th 2003 over 120 students from Maplewood High School’s Biology Classes taught by Jason Drake planted trees and assisted in the construction of streambank fencing on a Ducks Unlimited riparian restoration project in the French Creek Watershed, Crawford County, PA. Partners including the Crawford County Conservation District, DEP – Growing Greener, Natural Resources Conservation Service, French Creek Project, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Allegheny College Creek Connections and Ducks Unlimited helped to organize and fund the restoration of a section of stream running through the Glenn Kenny Farm.

Buffalo Creek

State Game Lands #232, recently acquired by the Pennsylvania Game Commission is the main land area that comprises the Buffalo Creek Watershed. The property is located in Washington County Pennsylvania and was recently identified as part of an “IBA” or Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.

Akeley Swamp

The 168 acres of newly flooded marsh at Akeley Swamp in Warren County will be a welcome site to many migrants returning south to their wintering grounds. Akeley Swamp is once again flourishing with activity due to the successful partnership of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Warren County Association of Sportsman Clubs and Ducks Unlimited working together to achieve a common goal. Akeley Swamp will be managed for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland-associated species, with an emphasis on providing foraging areas during the spring and fall migrations.
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