MAV Wetlands Conservation I


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Funding Program

North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)

Project Location: Mississippi1

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: Migratory Bird Treaty Act; Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2016

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Land Acquisition / Protection
Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
Land Acquisition / Protection Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources

Birds / Bird Habitat
Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries

Project Description

The MAV Wetlands Conservation I is the first phase of a project focused on protection, restoration and enhancement of priority wetlands in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV) on public lands by leveraging strategic conservation easements on private lands in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Wetlands in the LMAV support a rich diversity of wildlife species. Forested, scrub-shrub and emergent wetlands and associated uplands in the region provide migration and wintering habitat for millions of wetland dependent and associated migratory birds. However, the LMAV has lost a substantial amount of its wetlands due to changes in hydrology and conversion to agriculture. The completion of proposed work will build on past NAWCA investments in wetlands conservation in the proposal area and will set a foundation for future efforts to help mitigate some of those degradations and ensure that the LMAV continues to fulfill its historical role as one of the most important landscapes in North America for continental populations of waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent migratory birds. This proposal will protect, restore and enhance 4,137 acres on federal, state and private lands in Mississippi. The project will improve habitat conditions or protect habitat for 6 NAWCA Priority waterfowl species, 5 NAWCA Other Priority waterfowl species, and 12 other species of waterfowl. Increased foraging, nesting or roosting habitat will benefit 20 NAWCA Priority Species of wetland-dependent migratory birds from Bird Conservation Regions 26 and 27.

Project Contact

Project Partners

Cypress Brake Tree Farms, Mississippi Department Of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, Mississippi Land Trust

Affiliated Institutions

None


Project ID: 532
Project Name: MAV Wetlands Conservation I
SourceUID: MAV Wetlands Conservation I
Latitude: 33.46193387
Longitude: -90.56152408
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Mississippi
County: Holmes, Issaquena, Madison, Quitman, Sharkey
Project Category: Environmental
Project Action: Land Acquisition / Protection
Additional Project Action(s): Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
Additional Project Action(s): Land Acquisition / Protection Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
Targeted Resource(s): Birds / Bird Habitat
Targeted Resource(s): Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 0
Implementing Organization: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Implementing Organization Type: Non-Governmental Organization
Point of Contact – Name: Nick Biasini
Point of Contact – Phone: nbiasini@ducks.org
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: Cypress Brake Tree Farms, Mississippi Department Of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, Mississippi Land Trust
Affiliated Institutions: None
Link: http://www.lmvjv.org/library/MBCC_Approves_LMVJV_Projects.pdf
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 2262
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: Fee
Landowner: Unknown
Landowner Type: Unknown
Purpose: Environmental System
Public Access: Unknown
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 1885
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage:
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 3114873
DWH Funder: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
DWH Funder Type: Federal
DWH Funding Program: North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)
DWH Dollar Amount : 999623
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Criminal Settlement
Controlling Documents: Migratory Bird Treaty Act; Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Award Year: 2016
Award Month: 4
Total Amount Leveraged: 2115250


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