Deep Lake Unit Marsh Enhancement
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
North American Wetlands Conservation Act NAWCA
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
This project will restore 4,760 acres of coastal wetlands in two areas of the Louisiana Chenier Plain Initiative Area (CPIA). Both project areas are part of the Rainey Conservation Alliance (RCA), a collaboration of landowners that manage their property (185,000 acres) as one continuous landscape. The project will enhance and protect 2,900 acres of intermediate and brackish marsh, which will create a fully functional water management unit and allow for active management of interior marshes to improve habitat conditions for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent birds. Additionally, the project will ensure management capabilities for desirable plant communities, aid in effective management of salinity levels, regulate tidal exchange, reduce wave-action and erosion, and greatly facilitate drainage during high water events. The match tract is 1,860 acres of intermediate and brackish marsh along Freshwater Bayou, north of the grant tract. It will be protected by a bank stabilization project, which will protect interior marsh from wave action and erosion to the benefit of waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife species.
Avery Island, Inc, Ducks Unlimited, National Audubon Society, Randy Moertle & Associates, Inc, Vermilion Parish Police Jury