At-Risk Prairie Pothole Conservation II
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
North American Wetlands Conservation Act NAWCA
Land Acquisition / Protection
This proposal was designed to protect small shallow wetlands in an agriculturally dominant landscape that are critical for breeding duck pairs and duck broods while restoring and enhancing available native grasslands that provide nesting cover for female ducks. The project area lies in the heart of the prairie pothole region (PPR) and the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture (PPJV). The targeted counties occur within the Missouri Coteau and Drift Prairie regions where wetland densities are some of the highest in North America, unprecedented land-use change is occurring, and available funding sources are becoming more limited. With the tremendous response and participation of landowners in the Phase I project, Ducks Unlimited, its partners, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are proposing Phase II to acquire critical wetland and grassland easements in perpetuity and maintain grassland habitat through short-term programs to conserve 12,029 acres of prairie pothole habitat for migratory birds and the people of North Dakota (ND).
Ducks Unlimited, North Dakota Game & Fish Department, North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, Private Contributors