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DU Submits Three Wetland Conservation Grants in Texas

Ducks Unlimited conservation staff recently submitted three North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant applications for wetland enhancement and restoration work along the Texas coast. These grants have the potential to collectively improve approximately 13,000 acres of coastal wetlands.

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.

Enhancement Work Begins on Five Northern California Wetland Units

Earlier this year, staff in Ducks Unlimited's Western Region began construction on a wetland enhancement project on the Ash Creek Wildlife Area in California's Lassen and Modoc Counties. This area is located within the continentally significant Southern Oregon–Northeast California (SONEC) region, which experiences more than 7.5 million days of waterfowl activity during the spring migration.

Conserving the West's most important waterfowl wintering area in the face of severe drought

California is a state blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. This diverse landscape is also home to millions of waterfowl that each fall make the journey down the Pacific Flyway from their northern breeding grounds to take advantage of California's temperate winter climate. Ducks Unlimited's California Wetlands Initiative focuses on conserving the state's prime waterfowl habitats through science, public policy, and outreach. (By Devin Blankenship)

Wetland Project Dedicated in California's Grasslands

More than 100 California outdoor enthusiasts recently welcomed the newest addition to the North Grasslands Wildlife Area in a special dedication ceremony. Recently completed by Ducks Unlimited and its partners, the Widell/Ramacciotti Wetland Restoration on the wildlife area's Gadwall Unit provides important wetland and associated habitat in the Grasslands Ecological Area, the largest wetland complex in the state.

Restoration Work Continues on California's Salton Sea Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited and a coalition of partners have completed wetland restoration and enhancement efforts on vital wetland habitat associated with the Salton Sea in Southern California. This project area is located in one of the most arid parts of North America, yet contains some of the continent's most important and threatened wetland habitats.

Arrowhead Wildlife Management Area Project Dedicated in Georgia

Ducks Unlimited, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and several community partners gathered in April to celebrate the completion of a wetland enhancement project on Arrowhead Wildlife Management Area in Floyd County.

Ducks Unlimited improving habitat at Brazos Bend State Park

HOUSTON – July 23, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently completed the first phase of a wetlands restoration project at Brazos Bend State Park. Managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the park provides Houston-area residents outdoor recreation opportunities including fishing, wildlife watching, camping and hiking.

Jamestown NAWCA II Dedication Held

In March 2013, Ducks Unlimited and partners dedicated the Jamestown Wildlife Area Phase II project in Kansas, made possible through a North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant. Many partners, neighboring landowners, duck hunters and DU volunteers attended the event. DU will erect a cairn with a plaque honoring these partners and DU major sponsors who supported the project on the Buffalo Creek Marsh unit.

North Platte River Wetlands Grant Approved

In September, 2012, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission notified PRBE that they approved the North Platte River Wetlands project proposal. This approval will grant $1 million to restore and protect important wetland habitat along the river.

Timberlake Ranch Habitat Project

Camp organizers approached Ducks Unlimited for help because they were able to use only a small portion of the property due to overgrowth of dense red cedar trees and silted-in sloughs. They were looking for restoration assistance so they could use more of the land for educational purposes and diversify their activities. The camp and DU recognized the opportunity to restore valuable habitat for ducks but, more importantly, expose more children to fun and engaging outdoor education involving wetlands and wildlife.

Drew County Wetland Restoration Project Completed in Arkansas

Just in time for waterfowl season, Ducks Unlimited and partners last fall completed a wetlands restoration project on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Cut-Off Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Drew County.
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