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Easements Explained

The conservation easement program is one way Ducks Unlimited (DU) partners with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to keep wetlands and grasslands intact for breeding ducks. The two common types of easements the FWS offers are wetland easements and grassland easements.

DU and partners receive grant to enhance Kansas prairie wetlands

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – June 20, 2016 – A $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant means improved wildlife habitat and access for Kansas residents. Ducks Unlimited (DU) and partners received the grant to complete the second phase of the Kansas Prairie Wetlands program.

DU and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to restore public land with nearly $1 million NAWCA grant

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – June 20, 2016 – Nebraskans will have more opportunities to enjoy state public lands, thanks to a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant awarded to Ducks Unlimited. The $932,706 grant will be used for habitat conservation on eastern Nebraska lands that provide access for hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching, boating and outdoor education.

Measure AA passes in SF Bay Area, ushering a new era of conservation

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is pleased with the passage of Measure AA, titled the “Clean and Healthy Bay Ballot Measure,” a first of its kind regional ballot initiative that will generate $500 million for restoration of San Francisco Bay wetlands over the next 20 years. Needing a required two-thirds majority vote, the measure passed with 69 percent of voters in nine counties approving.

Wetlands and kids at Bismarck Water Festival

Third grade students from the local area splashed into spring at Bismarck State College for the annual Water Festival. During this week's festival students learned the importance of water and how they can conserve our natural resource.

DU names Wetland Manager of the Year

Warren Schwanebeck’s accomplishments as a wetland manager were on display this spring when three whooping cranes spent 12 days on the Platte County wildlife management area (WMA) he manages. Schwanebeck has managed the 940-acre Wilkinson WMA for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) since the mid 1990’s.

DU's biologist chairs Montana water resources nonprofit

Ducks Unlimited Biologist Abby Dresser is chairing the board of a nonprofit organization that works across Montana to restore and protect the state's precious water resources. Dresser joined the Montana Aquatic Resources Services (MARS) board of directors in 2013.

S.D. wetland and dam repair will improve water quality, flood control

When full funding is achieved, Ducks Unlimited will be reconstructing a breached dam and restoring four wetland basins along Firesteel Creek in Aurora County. As well as providing critical breeding habitat to waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species, the restored wetlands will provide water for livestock and improve flood control and water quality in the watershed.

Missouri agriculture wetlands: Partners demonstrating conservation

Today agriculture plays a vital role in sustaining Missouri’s social and economic well-being. If Missouri is to be successful in restoring wetland functions and values to our great floodplains we will need to do so in partnership with the Missouri Agriculture Wetland Initiative.

Restored Beaver Dam Wetland Conservation Area welcomes people, waterfowl

Residents and nature lovers in northwest Indiana can enjoy a refurbished natural playground thanks to a wetlands project recently completed by Ducks Unlimited and the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department.

Ducks Unlimited helps solve SD lake problems

Ducks Unlimited will restore wetland habitat along Firesteel Creek in South Dakota to provide habitat to waterfowl and other wildlife. The project will also benefit water quality in the creek that eventually flows into Lake Mitchell, a popular lake outside of the city of Mitchell. The lake is suffering from severe water quality issues related to excessive algae growth caused by high levels of phosphorous and other pollutants. Restoring this wetland will help keep pollutants from eventually flowing into Lake Mitchell.

Ducks Unlimited investing $1.5 million in Wisconsin’s Horicon Marsh

The largest freshwater cattail marsh in the nation has renewed life thanks to a more than $1.5 million investment by Ducks Unlimited and generous local support.

Ducks Unlimited dedicates Indiana Northeast Potholes wetlands program

Ducks Unlimited commemorated its Northeast Potholes Program and honored program supporters during a dedication ceremony Saturday, Aug. 29, at Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve.

Wild rice plentiful in northern Minnesota

The most abundant wild rice crop in more than 50 years is expected for harvesters and waterfowl hunters throughout northern Minnesota this season.

Rep. Dingell gets up close with DU Michigan project, impact

Northeast Illinois Morainal Wetlands Experience

A beautiful day greeted those attending DU's Morainal Wetlands Experience this past Saturday. In addition to learning about wetland and waterfowl ecology, participants in the wetlands experience had the opportunity to visit local DU projects in this unique glaciated area of the state. One of the things that people may find surprising was how similar wetland habitat in Northeast Illinois is to the "prairie pothole" wetlands of the Northern Great Plains and Canada.

DU team receives Montana Wetland Council Stewardship Award

The Montana Wetland Council recently awarded Montana Ducks Unlimited a 2015 Montana Wetland Stewardship Award for exemplary professionalism and dedication to the conservation of wetland and waterfowl habitat.The award was presented to Bob Sanders and Abby Dresser, Ducks Unlimited’s Montana conservation team, Thursday, May 28, at the Montana State Capitol during the 2015 Wetland Stewardship and Watershed Coordination Council Awards ceremony.

Montana DU team selected for wetland stewardship award

The Montana Wetland Council’s Stewardship Award Team has selected Montana Ducks Unlimited for a 2015 Montana Wetland Stewardship Award for exemplary professionalism and dedication to the conservation of wetland and waterfowl habitat. The Stewardship Award Team cited DU's accomplishments and commitment to Montana’s wetlands.

Summit Ag Fund Property

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is protecting 524 acres of remarkable waterfowl habitat in east-central South Dakota. The property is located six miles south and two miles east of Woonsocket and in the middle of the James River Lowlands Focus Area. This landscape is dotted with numerous, shallow wetland habitats. During wet years, this landscape attracts large numbers of breeding waterfowl.

Ducks Unlimited and The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation Partner to better San Pablo Bay NWR

Ducks Unlimited (DU) was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation for planning and restoration of 5,400 acres of habitat within the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), specifically on Skaggs Island and Sears Point.

Wetland losses point to importance of protecting the prairies

Ducks Unlimited (DU) says a documented drop in wetland numbers in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) during a recent 12-year period could add up to a loss of breeding habitat for 100,000 duck pairs. A new study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on the status of prairie wetlands in the United States found the PPR lost more than 107,000 wetland basins from 1997 to 2009.

Ducks Unlimited Receives $1 Million NAWCA Grant in Northern Tulare and San Joaquin Basins

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) was recently awarded a $1 Million grant through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) to restore and enhance wetlands in the Northern Tulare and San Joaquin Basins of California's Central Valley.

Waterfowl beginning to nest in the prairies

BISMARCK, N.D. – May 09, 2014 – As the breeding season for ducks in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) gets into full swing, the world will be celebrating International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) on Saturday, May 10. On this anniversary of IMBD, Ducks Unlimited says wetland conditions in the continent’s best “Duck Factory” are above average this year, but without sustained efforts to conserve wetland and grassland habitat, the future may not be bright for nesting birds.

Working rice lands worth $3.5 billion of managed wetland habitat

WASHINGTON – May 6, 2014 – There’s no doubt that rice, waterfowl and wetland habitats work cohesively to form a perfect ecosystem, and a recently published report puts a monetary value on those existing rice lands. Authored by Ducks Unlimited scientists for The Rice Foundation, the study found that the cost of attempting to replace rice lands with natural wetland habitat would exceed $3.5 billion.

Ducks Unlimited welcomes EPA, Army Corps draft rule on “Waters of the United States”

WASHINGTON – March 25, 2014 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today released the 300-page draft rule to clarify the “Waters of the United States” definition. This rule will clarify the extent to which the Clean Water Act protections can be restored to many wetlands vital to maintaining waterfowl populations.

Report reveals disturbing national trend of increased coastal wetland losses

WASHINGTON – Nov. 22, 2013 – An alarming national trend of increased loss of coastal wetlands was announced yesterday in a report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Louisiana Coastal Project Receives $1 Million NAWCA Grant

Ducks Unlimited and partners recently received a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant to restore coastal marshes in south Louisiana.

Ducks Unlimited welcomes release of EPA report on wetlands, streams

WASHINGTON – Sept. 18, 2013 – On Tuesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a 331-page draft report entitled, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence. It will be published in the Federal Register with a 45-day period of public review and comment. The strength of the report’s science and conclusions about the linkages, or connectivity, between wetlands, streams and other waters will be a key consideration in determining the extent to which Clean Water Act protections can be restored to many wetlands vital to maintaining waterfowl populations.

DU Launches Southeast New Jersey Coastal Initiative

Ducks Unlimited and its partners recently launched a new conservation initiative in the Garden State. The goal of this initiative is to protect, restore, and enhance vital wetlands in southeastern New Jersey's coastal region, where the pressures of development and the risk of severe storm destruction of the kind caused by Hurricane Sandy continue to threaten these already altered landscapes.

South Carolina Initiative Receives Third NAWCA Grant

Ducks Unlimited and partners received a third North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant last fall as part of South Carolina's Lowcountry Wetlands Initiative.

Ducks Unlimited receives Wells Fargo grant to support Gulf Coast conservation

RICHMOND, Texas – June 10, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently received a grant from Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) to support wetlands conservation along the Texas coast. The $50,000 grant is part of a $3 million Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program, which awarded grants to 64 community-based nonprofits nationwide to help support land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure and educational outreach.

DUMAC and Mangrove Wetlands

Learn more about mangrove wetlands and the waterfowl and other wildlife species they benefit in this short video shown at the 2013 Ducks Unlimited National Convention.

Ducks Unlimited receives $50,000 Wells Fargo grant

BISMARCK, N.D. – June 6, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited received a grant from Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today as part of a $3 million Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program involving community-based nonprofits nationwide and helping support land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure and educational outreach.

A Primer on Moist-Soil Management

Managing seasonal wetlands for seed-producing natural vegetation has many advantages over planting crops

Senate introduces bipartisan NAWCA reauthorization to protect U.S. wetlands

WASHINGTON – April 16, 2013 – In a bipartisan showing, lead co-sponsors Sens. Barbara Boxer (CA) and David Vitter (LA) introduced S. 741 today, asking for the reauthorizations and appropriations of the successful public-private partnerships funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

Wetlands and Watersheds

The 19th-century explorer and geographer John Wesley Powell defined a watershed as "a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community." Powell wisely recognized that all living things in a watershed, including waterfowl and people, are united by and dependent on its central element—water.

NOAA, Ducks Unlimited conserving America's coasts

LAFAYETTE, La. – Dec. 17, 2012 – This fall, two Gulf Coast restoration projects are being added to a three-year agreement between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Restoration Center and Ducks Unlimited. The Conserving America's Coasts partnership agreement aims to protect and restore approximately 5,000 acres of coastal habitats across the nation.

Waste Management named 2012 Wings Over Wetlands winner

Ducks Unlimited and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) recognized Waste Management as the winner of the 2012 Wings Over Wetlands award today.

Conservation: Gains and Losses

While progress has been made in conserving the nation's wetlands, these vital habitats continue to decline at an alarming rate

Conservation: Nature's Multipurpose Habitats

Wetlands provide a host of benefits in addition to their waterfowl habitat value

Conservation: Ducks in a Crowded World

Sustaining healthy waterfowl numbers will be a great challenge as the earth's human population grows

Wetland Gobblers: Turkey Photo Essay

The spring transformation from waterfowl hunter to turkey hunter happens in a whirlwind of lightweight camouflage and bug spray.The tactics are significantly different, but waterfowl hunters may find themselves in familiar habitats.

Wetlands PSA

Ducks Unlimited PSA: Wetlands

Conservation: Anatomy of a DU Project

A bird's-eye view of the wetland restoration process from beginning to end

S.C. Gov. Haley proclaims Jan. 29 Ducks Unlimited Day

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed Jan. 29, 2012, as Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary Day throughout the Palmetto State. She encouraged all South Carolinians to recognize and honor the organization for its outstanding leadership and significant achievement in restoring vital habitats in South Carolina and throughout North America, and for its work as a visionary pioneer in the world of conservation.

DU hosts EPA, House Appropriations Committee staffer for coastal Louisiana tour

DU staff guided two Environmental Protection Agency employees and a House Appropriations Committee staff member on a tour of Louisiana coastal wetlands on Jan. 13.

Ducks Unlimited Wisconsin chapter honored with wetlands award

DU's Wisconsin chapter was recently honored with other individuals and groups from around the state at Wisconsin Wetlands Association's 2011 Annual Membership Meeting and Wetlands Awards Ceremony.

Marathon Petroleum Company named 2011 Wings Over Wetlands winner

Ducks Unlimited and the Wildlife Habitat Council recognized Marathon Petroleum Company LP as the winner of the 2011 Wings Over Wetlands award.

DU Education Efforts Applauded by California Member of Congress

Ducks Unlimited earned high praise from Congresswoman Doris Matsui of California recently, when she saluted Ducks Unlimited for its role as a founding partner in funding the Powerhouse Science Center in Sacramento, Calif.

Nestlé Waters North America Continues Commitment to Wetlands Conservation

#1 Bottled Water Company in the U.S. Contributes $250,000 to Ducks Unlimited

DU and Partners Bring Backwater Wetlands Back to Life

Ducks Unlimited and partners recently completed restoration of one mile of backwater slough habitat on the South Platte River near Paxton, Nebraska. DU regional engineer Mitch Messmer designed the Perlinger project, taking advantage of existing river “scars” in the Platte River floodplain to bring these wetlands back to their former glory.

Wetlands and the Farm Bill

Your support will be needed to save key agricultural conservation programs in upcoming legislation

DU to Help Restore Lake Erie Wetland in Ohio

Middle Harbor is a 350-acre coastal wetland located on the Catawba Peninsula in Lake Erie. Disconnected from the lake's historic tidal influences by shoreline development, this wetland basin has over time become almost completely devoid of vegetation and is currently of little value to waterfowl and other wildlife.

Policy News 3-18

Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Honor from USDA-NRCS; DU Leaders Visit Capitol Hill, Discuss Waterfowl Initiatives with Nation's Top Policymakers; DU explains importance of Clean Water Act draft guidance during media briefing

Importance of Clean Water Protections to Wetlands

When the U.S. Congress passed the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1972, it intended to "protect and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation's waters." The act was effective not only in improving the quality of our nation's waters but also in slowing the rate of loss of the wetlands most important to waterfowl and other wildlife. The loss rate for these key wetlands dropped from more than 550,000 acres per year in the 1950s to about 80,000 acres per year in 1998.

Court Rules in Favor of Ducks Unlimited's Efforts to Protect Hunting on Public Lands

Ducks Unlimited and waterfowl hunters across the nation are celebrating today's federal district court ruling that supports the opening of waterfowl hunting on a number of public lands. Today's ruling from the Northern Federal Court District of Ohio will help ensure that our country's waterfowl hunting heritage will be protected.

Congress Restores Partial Funding to NAWCA for FY 2011

After facing elimination of funding in the House-passed version of the current year's legislation to pay for the federal government, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act is poised to receive $37.5 million in funding for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

Policy News 3-11

Congress passes another short-term spending resolution, no cuts made to NAWCA funding; U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar visits Nebraska's Rainwater Basin to see conservation efforts in action; DU announces 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards; recipients include Illinois Sen. Durbin

MDC Contributes $5 Million to Waterfowl Conservation

With this year's state grant program contribution of $250,000, the Missouri Department of Conservation reached the $5 million mark for donations to waterfowl breeding grounds in Canada. With the support of MDC during the past five years, Ducks Unlimited conserved, enhanced and restored 235,059 acres of prime breeding habitat and positively influenced an additional 1.2 million acres.

DU Announces 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

Ducks Unlimited bestowed this year's State/Provincial award to James Sutherlin of Port Arthur, Tx., in the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards ceremony at the 76th Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

DU Announces 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

Ducks Unlimited bestowed this year's Private Citizen award to Durand Farms of St. Martinville, La., in the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards ceremony at the 76th Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 18, 2011 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 76th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

DU Biologist to Expand New York Wetland Conservation Efforts

Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist Sarah Fleming recently began work in New York to further DU's wetland restoration and conservation efforts in eastern Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River Valley. Fleming will be responsible for developing and implementing DU's conservation mission and goals in the state through protection, enhancement and restoration of wetlands and adjacent wetland habitat.

Lafarge Kansas Plant Named 2010 Wings Over Wetlands Winner

Lafarge wins award for habitat conservation work being conducted at Kansas facility

Policy News 3-6

Arkansas senator newest member of federal board managing duck habitat

Listen to DU on the radio in Louisiana with Don Dubuc!

Jerry Holden, manager of conservation programs in Louisiana, and Mike Checkett, DU communications specialist, will be discussing Louisiana wetland conservation and waterfowling with Don Dubuc on WWWL ESPN 1350 AM in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011.

Policy News 3-5

DU supports strengthening hunting tradition with additional funding for Open Fields; DU volunteers, staff attend South Carolina Sportsmen's Caucus luncheon; DU thanks state of Louisiana for $2 million support of marsh restoration project; USDA to hold general CRP sign-up for second consecutive year; DU uses Farm Bill easement program to protect critical rice land habitat in California; DU and partners ask state of California, DOI to consider wetlands, waterfowl during water crisis

DU calls attention to threatened Gulf Coast wetlands on 14th annual World Wetlands Day

Tomorrow marks the 14th annual celebration of World Wetlands Day, when government agencies, non-governmental organizations and citizens seize the opportunity to recognize the importance of wetland ecosystems for humans and wildlife alike.

DU Celebrates Second Consecutive CRP Sign-up

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced another general sign-up for CRP, which will begin March 14, 2011, and continue through April 15, 2011, marking the second year in a row that USDA has offered a general CRP sign-up.

DU Celebrates 74th Birthday as World Leader in Waterfowl, Wetlands Conservation

Tomorrow Ducks Unlimited will celebrate its 74th birthday, capping off another momentous year for the world's leader in waterfowl habitat conservation.

Photo Essay: Wetland Whitetails

DU's work also benefits more than just waterfowl. Learn more about one of North America's most popular game animals - whitetail deer.

Mississippi Alluvial Valley

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Mississippi Alluvial Valley priority area.

Wetlands on the Edge

Threatened by development, pollution, and rising seas, coastal marshes face an uncertain future

Wetlands and Ducks in the Balance

Passage of the Clean Water Restoration Act is vital to the future of the nation’s wetlands and waterfowl .

A New Vision for Waterfowl

To sustain healthy waterfowl populations in the future, DU must adapt to emerging challenges and increase the scope of its conservation work.

Conserving Habitat for Ducks & Fish

DU’s groundbreaking fisheries research proves restored wetlands benefit both waterfowl and salmon.

Americas New Farm Bill

Changes to Farm Bill programs mean your support for DU’s habitat conservation work is more vital than ever.

The Positive Effects of Drought

Wetlands have to dry out occasionally to provide good habitat for waterfowl.

Wetland Conservation Achievement Award Winners

A listing of all the past winners of the Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards. For more information about the awards, please contact Jennifer Roy at 901.758.3707 or jroy@ducks.org.

Natural Assets

Wetlands and other waterfowl habitats provide many vital economic benefits.

Crisis for Americas Wetlands

Our nation’s wetlands face their greatest risk in 35 years, and federal legislation that would protect them needs your support.

Saving Great Lakes Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited is working to protect vital wetlands in the Great Lakes watershed, a critical area for waterfowl in the Midwest.

Wetlands in a Warmer World

How Will Climate Changes Affect Waterfowl?

Wetlands Under Siege

America's Marsh

A third of Louisiana's coastal marsh is gone, and 50 more acres are lost each day. Can this crucial wintering ground be saved?

Tara's Treasures

The story of a Mississippi Alluvial Valley estate that's been transformed into a wildlife area.

Waterfowl Habitat

Benefits of wetlands and grasslands for waterfowl, other wildlife and people.

DU's Utah Wetlands Initiative

DU has positioned itself as a leader in conserving Great Salt Lake wetlands.

Hurricane Impacts on Wetlands & Waterfowl

South Louisiana wetlands may suffer significant long-term damage from hurricanes.

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