BACK BAY, Va. – Nov. 15, 2018 – Ducks Unlimited partners and supporters gathered this week to celebrate two projects that enhanced wetland habitat on the Princess Anne Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in southeastern Virginia. Ducks Unlimited, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), improved waterfowl habitat on the WMA.
“Improvements on public lands like Princess Anne WMA enhance outdoor recreation opportunities for everyone. While we are enhancing habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife, we are enhancing water quality and flood protection in the area,” said DU Director of Conservation Programs Jamie Rader.
Located on Back Bay, Princess Anne WMA serves as the DGIF’s major waterfowl hunting area. Hunting opportunities are further enhanced by a long-standing cooperative agreement with Virginia State Parks that provides limited access to False Cape State Park for hunting waterfowl and deer.
Four tracts, totaling 1,546 acres, make up the WMA. Through this two-phased project, DU constructed two pump stations, multiple water-control structures and water delivery systems to aid in the management of wetland habitat for shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl on 200 acres in this important wetland complex.
“Through our great partnership with Ducks Unlimited, we now have the ability to manage water levels better and improve habitat for waterbirds and waterfowl that citizens of the Commonwealth enjoy seeing at Princess Anne,” said DGIF Executive Director Bob Duncan. “We are pleased to have contributed Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Stamp funds to complete this important project and look forward to working more with Ducks Unlimited in the future.”
Construction on the 150-acre Whitehurst Unit was completed in February 2016. This enhancement provided independent water delivery throughout the 12-impoundment complex.
DU secured a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to finalize the funding needed for the 50-acre Beasley Unit, which was completed in May 2017. This grant also supported conservation work on two private properties and one other state-owned public property.
Other funding for work on Princess Anne WMA was provided by the Caterpillar Foundation, Carter Machinery, Dominion Energy, The Dominion Foundation, the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation, DGIF, the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Fund, the Virginia Environmental Endowment and the Ohrstrom Foundation.
Princess Anne WMA is open to the public for waterfowl hunting and managed by DGIF through the Quota Hunt System.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.
Becky Jones Mahlum