Ducks Unlimited is close to starting construction on a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant to restore 2,424 acres of critical habitat at Missouri's Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge.
It's the third phase of an ongoing effort in the Confluence Region of the Illinois, Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Project partners are improving water management and restoring natural flow patterns and drainage to benefit migratory birds utilizing this extremely important migrations corridor.
Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge is located along the Mississippi River, a few miles upstream from the confluence of these three major rivers and 40 miles from St. Louis.
Ducks Unlimited partnered with private donors, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to receive NAWCA funds. Project partners committed approximately $5.25 million in matching funds to the $1 million from NAWCA.