More than 2,000 acres acquired at Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge

© Nicole Ribeiro

DU over the last three years has acquired 16 properties totaling 2,140 acres at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Indiana. The new land was purchased with part of a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant in 2014. Adding these properties into the public trust as part of the refuge is a great conservation success for DU and its conservation partners. Permanently protecting this land helps ensure its availability and management for migrating and wintering waterfowl. As migration and weather patterns change, a slow trending of waterfowl wintering further north requires conservation not only migration but also important wintering habitat in southern Indiana. So far the Fish and Wildlife Service and DU have permanently protected more than 4,500 acres of wetland and upland habitat at Patoka River and have restored an additional 1,300 acres of wetland and upland habitat.