Cameron Prairie - Moist-Soil Habitat Restoration

Purpose: To improve migratory bird habitat on Cameron Prairie NWR by renovating/replacing levees and installing several water control structures. This project provides valuable moist-soil habitat for mallard, gadwall, widgeon, green-winged teal, white-fronted geese and other wintering waterfowl common to the Gulf Coast. The project will be managed by the USFWS to increase seed production of native plants. In addition to waterfowl, shorebird and wading bird use will increase with improved moist-soil management. In the recent years, Cameron Prairie NWR has cooperated with Ducks Unlimited on a similar project that enabled implementation of youth waterfowl hunting on the refuge. Development of this project has expanded youth waterfowl hunting opportunities on Cameron Prairie NWR.

Location: Approximately 25 miles southeast of Lake Charles, LA (Cameron Parish)

Acres Impacted: 220 acres

Habitat: Moist-soil Vegetation

Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ducks Unlimited, Inc

Timeline: Construction was completed during summer 2002

DU Contact:

Bob Dew

Regional Biologist
646 Cajundome Blvd., Ste. 180
Lafayette, LA 70506
(337) 291-3065