Rockefeller Refuge Unit 4 Wetlands 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
The primary objective of this proposal is to help offset the dramatic coastal land loss occurring along Louisiana's coast. Since the 1930s, Louisiana has lost over 1.2 million acres of coastal wetlands. It is expected that an additional 1.1 million acres will be lost over the next 50 years without restoration action. This proposal positively impacts a total of 7,315 acres of intermediate and brackish coastal marsh. Grant funds will be used to replace a water control structure that provides marsh management capabilities and salinity control of a large tract of critical public owned coastal marsh. This structure will allow for the active management of interior marshes to improve habitat conditions for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent bird species. Additionally, it will allow for the promotion of desirable plant communities, aid in the effective management of salinity levels, and greatly facilitate drainage during extreme high water events. This proposal will also protect/enhance 965 acres of intermediate marsh in the vicinity of Freshwater Bayou, LA via bank stabilization and protect/enhance approximately 1,320 acres of brackish marsh in Cameron Parish via the construction of earthen terraces.
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), Louisana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries