Purpose: To develop brood rearing habitat for wood ducks on prior-converted agricultural lands through construction of dikes, ditch plugs and installation of water control structures on Pocosin Lakes NWR. Conservation efforts will restore 300 acres of wetland habitat that will directly benefit breeding wood ducks. Semi-permanent scrub-shrub wetlands will provide needed cover and food resources for young wood ducks. This project will be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Location: The project is located throughout the Pocosin Lakes NWR in Washington, Hyde and Tyrrell Counties, NC (near Lake Phelps).

Acres Impacted: 300 acres

Habitat Types: Semi-permanently flooded scrub-shrub wetlands
Emergent freshwater marshes and open ponds

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

Timeline: This project was completed in 1994

DU Contact:

Craig LeSchack

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