Ducks Unlimited was awarded a $868,863 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant from the U.S. Department of Interior to conserve 4,048 acres of Lahontan Valley wetlands in western Nevada.
This is the second NAWCA grant submitted by DU focused solely on Lahontan Valley – Western Nevada Wetlands and it was made possible through the matching contribution plan (MCP) established in the first Lahontan Valley – Western Nevada Wetlands NAWCA.
The MCP was made possible by Carson City Department of Parks and Recreation, Nevada Land Trust and Bently Family Limited Partnership through the acquisition of 917 acres along the Carson River. These transactions produced over $4 million match dollars, over $2 million of which were leveraged for the first NAWCA project. Remaining funds were retained to use as a match for the current NAWCA submittal.
Over $100,000 in match was leveraged from partners such as Stillwater Farms, Inc., Nevada Waterfowl Association, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Friends of Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and a few private individuals.
Over 64% of the new project work will occur on public lands, including improvements to water delivery and conveyance on Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge and Carson Lake and Pasture and improved wetland management flexibility on Mason Valley Wildlife Management Area. Remaining work will be completed on two private properties which managed for waterfowl habitat.
The Lahontan Valley wetlands provide important migration habitat for various waterfowl, waterbirds and shorebirds including mallard, northern pintail, eared grebe, long-billed curlew, and long-billed dowitcher. Planning and implementation of new project work has already begun with one of the private lands projects already completed, and the remaining projects will be constructed this summer.