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ENVIRO-NEWS  June 2011

ENVIRO-NEWS June 2011

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Interior Secretary Announces Nearly $27 Million for Wetlands Grants for Migratory Birds, $3 Million for Wildlife Refuge Acquisitions

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Subject: [fws-news] Interior Secretary Announces Nearly $27 Million for Wetlands Grants for Migratory Birds, $3 Million for Wildlife Refuge Acquisitions


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Interior Secretary Announces Nearly $27 Million for Wetlands Grants for 
Migratory Birds, $3 Million for Wildlife Refuge Acquisitions

WASHINGTON, DC -  Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today 
that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved spending more 
than $3 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to protect an 
estimated 1,600 acres of waterfowl habitat on  3 units of the National 
Wildlife Refuge System.  The Commission also approved $23.5 million in 
federal funding for grants to conserve more than 139,000 acres of wetlands 
and associated habitats in Canada through the North American Wetlands 
Conservation Act (NAWCA).

“Protecting North America’s wetlands ­ – which provide so many ecological, 
economic, and social benefits – is crucial,” said Salazar, who chairs the 
Commission. “Besides providing habitat for fish, wildlife, and a variety 
of plants, wetlands are nurseries for many saltwater and freshwater fish 
and shellfish of commercial and recreational importance, and they provide 
hunting, fishing and other wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of 
Americans.”

The NAWCA Standard Grants awarded today will support six Canadian projects 
to benefit ducks, geese, and other migratory birds on more than 139,000 
acres in 12 provinces and territories. Partners will contribute more than 
$23.5 million in matching non-federal dollars toward these projects. 

A presentation summarizing 45 projects that were previously approved for 
funding by the North American Wetlands Conservation Council under the 
NAWCA U.S. Small Grants Program was given to the Commission.  These grant 
awards total more than $3 million in federal funds.  Partners will 
contribute more than $12 million in matching funds toward these projects, 
which will protect and enhance 26,050 acres of wetlands and associated 
habitats in 24 states from Maine to California. 

Each year, the Commission pre-approves the total amount of funding to be 
distributed to Small Grants projects in the next fiscal year. Final 
project selection authority is delegated to the Council, which then 
reports its selections back to the Commission.  For fiscal year 2011, the 
Commission authorized up to $5 million to fund projects under the Small 
Grants program.

Examples of projects funded with NAWCA Small Grants in fiscal year 2011 
include:

Arkansas: Arkansas River Valley Wetlands Restoration Phase I
Grantee: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
This project will restore two highly degraded bottomland hardwood forests 
totaling 1,412 acres within the Arkansas River Valley.  Partners will 
restore a 411-acre bottomland hardwood forest block in the Galla Creek 
Wildlife Management Area in Pope County, and 1,001 acres of bottomland 
hardwood forest in the Nimrod Lloyd Millwood WMA in Yell County.  This 
project will benefit species such as mallard, wood duck, prothonotary and 
Kentucky warblers, and American woodcock. 

California: Grasslands Wetland Enhancement
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
This grant project will enhance 397 previously restored acres and an 
additional 123 acres of seasonal wetlands by installing a water delivery 
pipeline that will allow habitat managers to independently flood certain 
wetlands while conserving water.  Species that use this habitat include 
mallard, northern pintail, green-winged teal, great blue heron, great 
egret, black-crowned night heron, and marbled godwit. 

Minnesota: Madrena WMA Addition
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
The purpose of this project is to protect key wetland-grassland complexes 
and provide waterfowl and grassland birds with high-quality nesting cover. 
 Pheasants Forever will acquire 160 acres and subsequently donate the 
property to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for enrollment 
in the DNR’s Wildlife Management Area System.  This area provides critical 
staging and migratory habitats for lesser scaup, canvasbacks, ring-necked 
ducks, and other waterfowl.

New Hampshire: Pawtuckaway River Greenway, Phase II
Grantee: Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire
This project will expand a block of conservation land along the 
Pawtuckaway River by acquiring and protecting a large, unfragmented parcel 
of land.  Protecting this parcel will preserve important wetland 
resources; protect diverse habitat for waterfowl, wetland birds, and other 
migratory birds; and provide public access for outdoor recreation, 
including hiking, skiing, fishing, and hunting.  These shallow marsh 
wetlands and associated uplands provide nesting, foraging, and migratory 
habitat for mallard and wood duck and migrating American woodcock, among 
other species.

Examples of projects funded with NAWCA Standard Grants in Canada in fiscal 
year 2011 include:

Canadian Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Habitat Program
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
This proposal is the next step in a multi-year commitment by Ducks 
Unlimited Canada to contribute to achieving the goals and objectives of 
the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture.  This proposal will secure 122,951 
acres, enhance 7,411 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat, and 
influence another 4,637,887 acres through extension activities. 
NCC Quebec & Atlantic: Protecting Wetland and Upland Habitat, Eastern 
Habitat Joint Venture

Grantee: Nature Conservancy Canada
Project activities will focus on preserving important breeding and 
migratory habitat, staging and molting habitat, and wintering habitat for 
waterfowl, shorebirds, grassland, and colonial bird species. Priority 
waterfowl species directly benefiting from these activities include 
American black duck, green-winged teal and Canada goose.
The Commission approved the purchase of wetland habitat that will be added 
to 6 units of the National Wildlife Refuge System to secure breeding, 
resting, and feeding habitat. These acquisitions are funded with proceeds 
from sales of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, otherwise 
known as the Federal Duck Stamp. These acquisitions include:


NEW REFUGE BOUNDARY AND PRICE APPROVAL
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon - This is the first time 
that Nestucca Bay NWR is coming to the Commission.  Proposal is for 
boundary approval of 3,435 acres containing a mix of fee and easement 
acquisitions with 54 owners.  Price approval request is for 21 acres in 
fee from one owner.


BOUNDARY ADDITION AND PRICE APPROVAL
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Texas - Proposal is for boundary 
addition and price approval of 1,544 acres in fee from two owners.


PRICE APPROVAL
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, West Virginia - Proposal is for 
price approval of 73 acres in fee from one owner.
For every dollar spent on Federal Duck Stamps, ninety-eight cents goes 
directly to purchase vital habitat for protection in the National Wildlife 
Refuge System. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission oversees the use 
of Federal Duck Stamp funds for the purchase and lease of these wetland 
habitats for national wildlife refuges. To date, more than 5.3 million 
acres of wetlands have been purchased using more than $750 million in Duck 
Stamp revenue.


More information about the approved NAWCA grant programs and projects is 
available on the Web at: 
http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/index.shtm.


The Commission includes Senators Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Mark 
Pryor of Arkansas, Representatives John Dingell of Michigan and Robert 
Wittman of Virginia, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and 
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, as well as 
state representatives serving as ex-officio members who vote on projects 
located within their respective states.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others 
to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their 
habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a 
leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for 
our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, 
dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more 
information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit 
www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/usfws, 
follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwshq, watch our YouTube Channel at 
http://www.youtube.com/usfws and download photos from our Flickr page at 
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-FWS-


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