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James River Lowlands / Missouri Coteau Project IX

Implementing Organization

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Funding Program

North American Wetlands Conservation Act NAWCA


Project Category


Project Actions

Land Acquisition/Protection

Targeted Resources

Birds/Bird Habitat

Project Description

Recent developments in trans-genetic crop technology and associated changes in agricultural economics and policy are rapidly transforming the James River Lowlands and Missouri Coteau of central South Dakota from an expansive prairie-wetland system used for livestock ranching to a landscape dominated by tillage agriculture. This is phase nine of a project designed to protect wetland and grassland communities using a landscape level approach to planning to protect critical habitat for migratory birds. The project will acquire grassland and wetland easements in the Missouri Coteau and James River Lowlands Regions of South Dakota to protect 1,558 acres of grassland and wetland habitat for migratory birds. The easements will become part of the National Wildlife Refuge System under the Small Wetlands Acquisition Program.


Randy Renner
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Project Partners

Bass Pro Shops, First Bank of Omaha, Grohne Family Foundation

Affiliated Institutions

BCR 11 - Prairie Potholes

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