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Landowner Josh Haugen restores plowed prairie

Farming and ranching large tracts of land can be challenging, but Josh Haugen of Litchville, North Dakota, learned it from his father, Clay.

Ducks Unlimited honors Stoneco for $2.1 million land donation

Ducks Unlimited recognized Stoneco, an Oldcastle Materials company, as a Diamond Legacy Sponsor for Stoneco’s $2.1 million land donation late last year.

Forest gains promising for flood abatement, ducks and hunters

MEMPHIS – Jan. 28, 2016 – As another year begins with record high Mississippi River levels, conservation partners in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley are marking the promise of a 1-million-acre gain in forested wetlands. These bottomland hardwood forests not only provide critical habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife, they also play a huge role in floodwater absorption.

DU partnering on historic New England estuary restoration

Restoration project dedicated to Louisiana conservationist

GRAND CHENIER, La. – Oct. 23, 2015 – More than 75 friends and family of Louisiana conservationist Tom Hess gathered at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge yesterday to dedicate a recently completed restoration project in his honor. Ducks Unlimited and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries partnered on the project to enhance 6,800 acres of coastal marsh on the state refuge in southwest Louisiana.

Jenkins Marsh/VanZelst habitat returning

DU’s Jenkins Marsh/VanZelst Farm project project in Illinois is on its way to becoming an outstanding natural area and fantastic habitat area for ducks that migrate through the Illinois River Valley.

Five years after the spill, settlement provides for meaningful restoration

BATON ROUGE – July 2, 2015 – Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that claimed 11 lives and dumped nearly 3.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP. Ducks Unlimited views the settlement as a critical down payment on a sustainable Gulf Coast and believes that these dollars should be dedicated wholly to the restoration of the region’s natural resources.

New Jersey waterfowl to benefit from major wetland grant

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Nov. 11, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a North American Wetlands Act (NAWCA) grant to fund habitat enhancement work with several partners as part of their Southeast New Jersey Coastal Program. These funds will be used to enhance nearly 1,000 acres of diverse wildlife habitat in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Partners contributed more than $2.5 million in matching funds toward the $1 million federal grant.

Platte River WMA restoration a win-win for ducks, duck hunters

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – Oct. 9, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited is restoring and enhancing several tracts along the Platte River in Nebraska thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET). Partnering with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on the Platte River Wildlife Management Area Partnership grant, DU will remove invasive trees and excavate old remnant slough scars to restore hydrology and the function of wetlands and native grasslands on four wildlife management areas (WMAs).

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council convenes for first time

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council held its first public meeting in Mobile, Ala., in December to update residents on the progress of implementing a portion of the RESTORE Act. Southern Region Manager of Mitigation Programs Eric Held represented Ducks Unlimited at the meeting.

The next phase of the Napa Marsh

A newly signed agreement between the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is paving the way for the final phase of a 20-year restoration effort on the Napa Marsh.

New Senate chairman visits Louisiana to see coastal concerns

The new chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources visited the state of Louisiana to learn more about coastal restoration issues.

Pilot Restoration Project Completed in Idaho Panhandle

The Pack River Delta Project involved utilizing a combination of traditional civil engineering and soil bioengineering techniques to restore unique wetland and upland habitats in the delta, the place where the Pack River and Lake Pend Oreille converge. This is the first known instance in Idaho where this restoration approach has been attempted and early indications suggest that it will be a success.

Idaho Project Reverses Wetland Loss and Improves Water Quality

An innovative wetland restoration project that combined efforts to conserve waterfowl habitat and improve water quality in the Snake River watershed was recently completed by DU and partners in Idaho.

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