GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Sept. 16, 2019 – Ducks Unlimited supporters celebrated Montana’s Rescue our Wetlands project this past weekend at the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The project improved wetland habitat on the 1,801 acres of refuge, near Great Falls.
Ducks Unlimited’s Rescue Our Wetlands campaign, the largest conservation campaigns undertaken, raised $2.34 billion and conserved more than 2.2 million acres of wetlands and associated habitats. Supporters who made a formal commitment to DU and the campaign in Montana were recognized on a special bronze plaque, which was unveiled at the Sept. 15 event.
Benton Lake NWR is part of a 163,304-acre national wildlife refuge complex. It encompasses a diverse landscape of wetlands, mixed-grass prairie, forests, intermountain grasslands, rivers and lakes. DU and partners have restored a total of 2,194 acres of wetland habitat on the wildlife refuge.
Ducks Unlimited’s Montana biology and engineering team designed improved water conveyance systems and water-control structures for several wetland units on the refuge. Better water-control capabilities allow managers to provide optimal foraging conditions for migratory waterfowl and other birds.
Project partners included Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Pheasants Forever, and utilized funds from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
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