Ducks Unlimited recently submitted a proposal to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office Environmental Enhancement Grant Program to restore 593 acres on Neuse Game Land in Wake County, North Carolina. The project will involve restoring water-management capabilities on existing wetlands by replacing water-control structures, removing debris from existing canals, and installing pump systems.

DU will partner with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to develop and implement the restoration project on five managed wetlands: Beaver Dam Unit (76 acres), Little River Unit (70 acres), Flat River Unit (246 acres), Butner Depot Unit (72 acres), and Brickhouse Road Unit (129 acres). These wetlands are intensively managed to provide habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland-dependent species.

Managed wetlands are vital to North Carolina's wildlife. To date, more than 50 percent of the state's natural wetlands have been lost, and additional wetland habitat losses continue to occur throughout the state.