(This timeline was taken from a presentation given by Jasper Lament, Manager Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters)

A project idea is evaluated: Geographic location; consistency with DU international Conservation plan; capability of proper management; feasibility; cost efficiency and cost are considered. Funding partners are also a necessary consideration. Common partners are: State wildlife agencies; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service; North American Wetlands Conservation Council; Private landowners; Resource conservation agencies and various other sources. If it is determined that this project is not a good investment of DU's resources the project is dropped at this point.

A site visit by either a Regional Biologist and/or Regional Engineer is the next step. Again an assessment is made, is this project a good investment of DU's resources? If not the project is dropped.

A survey must be completed to document important features, as well as, generate a design and a cost estimate. (this can take 14 - 30 days depending upon the scope of the project) These processes involve: Regional Engineer; Engineering Tech; and Regional Biologist.
A design is drafted. Process involves: Regional Engineer; Engineering Tech; RO Survey and Design Techs.(a process taking 14-56 days) A final design is then created (generally completed within 10-60 days)
An agreement is drawn up and necessary permits are obtained.
The agreement spells out each party's obligations and requires the project to be managed as waterfowl habitat for 10, 15 or 30 years. This process involves: Biologist; FO Director; Director of Operations; RO Project Coordinator; NHQ Project Coordinator; Contract Compliance; Director of Conservation Services. (the agreement stage generally requires 30-90 days however, obtaining the necessary permits can take anywhere from 90 - 365 days)

At this point the bid process begins. Potential contractors attend a site showing and are given a bid packet containing design specificiations. Bids are received a contractors are selected. The Regional Engineer and Engineering Techs are involved in this process. (30-45 days)

Finally the project work begins! Natural hydrology is retored by creating ditch plugs or tile breaks. Associated uplands are restored. Water control structures are created to increase management potential.
The final, and on-going stage of a project is monitoring. Public lands receive an on-site visit every 3 years. Private (TPWP) lands are monitored annually by satellite photos and receive an on-site visit every 3 years. Easement properties receive an on-site visit annually