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DU Improves Waterfowl Habitat on Washington's Samish Bay

With funding from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and a WDFW duck stamp grant, Ducks Unlimited is currently working with the WDFW to restore more than 200 acres on the Samish Unit by upgrading infrastructure and improving water delivery.

Six Wetland Areas Restored on Washington's Channeled Scablands

Last summer, Ducks Unlimited and its partners completed construction on the Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area project on the Channeled Scablands of Lincoln County, Washington. The property is owned by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and lies along the Lake Creek drainage. The project improved management capabilities on 45 acres of crucial habitat, restoring wetlands that had been hayed and grazed for decades.

DU Helps Rehydrate Two Lakes in Columbia River Basin

Central Washington's Artesian and Black Lakes lie on a 1,800-acre property owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, northeast of the city of Moses Lake. Artesian and Black Lakes are part of a chain of wetlands, lakes, and reservoirs located along an important migrationcorridor for waterfowl and other birds in the heart of the Columbia River Basin. A 2013 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife waterfowl survey counted nearly 225,000 waterfowl utilizing the lakes in this region.

DU's Western Region Celebrates 100,000-Acre Milestone

Ducks Unlimited's Western Regional Office recently celebrated a major milestone as it surpassed the 100,000-acre mark for waterfowl habitat conserved or protected in the Pacific Northwest. "To put it in perspective, that's roughly 76,000 football fields," said Mark Biddlecomb, DU's direction of operations in the region.

DU Partners with Skagit Land Trust to Protect Barney Lake

After decades of effort, Skagit Land Trust recently closed on the purchase of 225 acres on the eastern edge of Mount Vernon, Washington, which will protect Barney Lake.

Washington: Nisqually Estuary Restoration Project

The landmark Nisqually Estuary Restoration Project is the largest of its kind ever undertaken in the Pacific Northwest.

The Nisqually Estuary Restoration

With the help of Ducks Unlimited, the Nisqually Estuary is restored after more than 100 years of man-made dikes separated this unique wetland from flourishing in its natural state.

Cheney Wetlands Project

Ducks Unlimited recently completed the restoration of wetlands on 238 acres owned by the Inland Northwest Land Trust in the channeled scablands region near Cheney, Washington. This parcel of land contains a large, wet meadow that was drained several decades ago to improve forage for livestock surrounded by Ponderosa pines forest.

Washington's Eastern Wetland Habitats

Much of Washington east of the Cascades is technically a desert, yet this region supports many important waterfowl areas. Wetlands in this region are tied to local precipitation, naturally occurring streams and those areas created within the Yakima and Columbia Basin irrigation projects.

Washington's Western and Coastal Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited’s Western Washington Wetlands Initiative spans a large and diverse geographic area, including coastal Washington and the entirety of Puget Sound. These areas provide habitat for a host of fish and wildlife species, including waterfowl, sensitive salmon species, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Projects

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is located in the heart of the channeled scablands of eastern Washington—an area so named because of the pre-historic floods that scoured the soil away down to the bedrock and left the area with an abundance of swales and depressional wetlands. The 27 square miles within the Refuge is largely rugged scabrock, pine and aspen forests and grasslands that are interspersed with numerous small lakes and wetlands.

Snoqualmie Wildlife Area - Cherry Creek Restoration Project

Ducks Unlimited is working with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to restore and enhance wetland habitat on the Cherry Valley Unit of the Snoqualmie Wildlife Area, located approximately 20 miles east of Seattle, Washington. As part of this project, DU will construct a levee, install a water control structure/fish ladder, and complete several other tasks that will significantly improve the quality of waterfowl habitat on the site.

South Padilla Bay Projects

Ducks Unlimited is working with a private landowner to restore significant wetland habitat on the south side of Padilla Bay, just west of Mt. Vernon, Washington. The specific project site is located on the south side of Highway 20 adjacent to the Swinomish Channel.

Pearsons Eddy - Snohomish River Projects

Ducks Unlimited is currently working on several projects along the Snohomish River just outside of Seattle, Washington. The Pearsons Eddy project is an ambitious effort to protect and restore over 600 acres of freshwater wetlands adjacent to this expansive urban environment.

Lake Terrell Wildlife Area Projects

Wetland restoration has commenced on over 600 acres of new additions to the Lake Terrell Wildlife Area in Whatcom County, Washington. The project partners include: Ducks Unlimited, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Pacific Coast Joint Venture, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, and the Lummi Nation.

Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge Projects

Willapa Bay is one of the most important staging and wintering areas for migratory birds on the West Coast. Habitat types include estuarine intertidal emergent wetlands, estuarine mudflats, freshwater emergent wetlands, forested wetlands, sand dunes, sand beaches and grasslands. These habitats have historically supported large numbers of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, anadromous fish and many other species of fish and wildlife.

Skagit Wildlife Area Projects

Ducks Unlimited hosted a dedication on June 28, 2003 to celebrate the 270-acre wetland restoration project on the Skagit Wildlife Area. Greg and Carol James (owners of Topics Entertainment, a software publishing firm in Renton, WA) provided a substantial gift to DU to help with the project.

Yakama Indian Nation Projects

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the Yakama Indian Nation (YN) have forged a strong partnership to restore important wetland habitats in eastern Washington. This partnership is based on the philosophy that restored or enhanced wetlands must provide for the habitat needs of all wetland wildlife including steelhead, an endangered species in eastern Washington, and culturally important species for Yakama tribal members.

Washington Conservation Projects

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

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