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DU Receives First Virginia Environmental Endowment Grant

In October 2014, Ducks Unlimited received its first grant from the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE). The one-year grant of $20,000 will support DU's efforts to restore 1,500 acres of wetland habitat on the Princess Anne and Hog Island Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs).

Public Hunting on DU Projects in Virginia

Ducks Unlimited works across the country to ensure not only sufficient habitat for waterfowl, but also to ensure waterfowl hunters continue to have the opportunity to pursue their passion. Here are some of the DU projects in Virginia that are open to the public for duck hunting.

New Wildlife Management Area Named in Virginia

Ducks Unlimited and its conservation partners have officially named Virginia's newest wildlife management area. Almost 80 people attended the dedication of the Doe Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which was established following the acquisition of nearly 700 acres of land in Accomack County.

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).

Mason Neck Project Dedication Held in Virginia

In March, a group of organizations gathered to celebrate a successful partnership that enhanced habitat on Virginia's Mason Neck State Park. This area provides vital habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Virginia Joins State Grants Program

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Ducks Unlimited to join the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' State Grants Program. The MOA was signed at DU's Granders Society event near Richmond.

Virginia: Chincoteague NWR, Wash Flats Restoration

The majority of Chincoteague Wash Flats' freshwater wetlands are managed as moist-soil management units or "pools."

Dominion Resources Funds Local Conservation with Ducks Unlimited

Public recreational land located in a state park along the Potomac River in southern Fairfax County, Va., will gain additional wetland habitat thanks to a $25,000 grant from Dominion Resources. Ducks Unlimited is scheduled to complete the restoration project this summer.

Lower Chesapeake Bay Priority Area

The Lower Chesapeake priority area encompasses the eastern and western shores of Virginia along with three major rivers. The James River is Virginia’s largest river and drains approximately 25% of Virginia’s land base, is the third largest tributary to the Bay, and contributes more non-point source pollution to the Bay than any other tidewater river.

Virginia Conservation Projects

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

Ennis Restoration Project a Success

“We have always had trouble with this spot,” Dean Ennis remarked as we walked his Accomac County farm last spring. Mr. Ennis, owner of Pocomoke Monument Company in Pocomoke City, Maryland and part-time farmer, was one of the few landowners lucky enough to beat Mother Nature and get a wetland restoration project completed during the rainy summer of 2004.

Aberdeen Farm- James River Watershed, Virginia

This 17-acre wetland restoration project near the lower James River was created to provide migratory habitat for many waterfowl and shorebird species traveling along the Atlantic Coast. The poorly drained agricultural field was ideal for restoration due to the flat landscape and heavy soils of the region and high waterfowl use along the Chesapeake Bay.

The Thornberg Project – Virginia Eastern Shore

The Thornberg project, a 54-acre restoration, was not the typical Eastern Shore of Virginia project. Located in Cashville, Virginia along the bank of the Chesapeake Bay, the landowner wanted to devote two entire fields to shallow water habitat for waterfowl and migrating shorebirds.

Loudoun County Wetland Restoration - Potomac River

Todd Sedwick’s Loudoun County farm, a short distance away from Leesburg and the roar of Dulles airport, has increasingly become a haven for waterfowl and other wildlife. Construction will soon be complete on a 20-acre wetland restoration project on this property.

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