Purpose: The purpose of this project was to enhance wintering habitat for migrating waterfowl and brooding rearing habitat for locally breeding wood ducks through construction of dikes and installation of water control structures in portions of prior-converted agricultural lands. This project positively affects over 7,000 acres of wetlands habitat on Great dismal Swamp NWR. The area is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide quality wetlands habitat for wintering and breeding waterfowl.

Location: The project is located in the Great Dismal Swamp in Pasquotank County, northwest of Elizabeth City, NC.

Acres Impacted: 7,574 acres

Habitat Types: Pocosins and Emergent Wetlands
Moist-Soil Wetlands

Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

Timeline: This project was completed in February 1996

DU Contact:

Craig LeSchack

Director of Conservation Programs
South Atlantic Field Office
3896 Leeds Ave.
Charleston, SC 29405