Foundation For Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
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
The project is in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMV) and represents a continuing effort to protect, restore, and enhance important wetland habitats. The LMV provides valuable habitat for millions of migratory birds and other wetland-dependent species. However, the LMV has lost a substantial amount of its wetlands due to changes in hydrology and conversion to agriculture, and the successful completion of these projects will help alleviate some of those degradations. This project will protect 1,430 wetland acres and will enhance 810 acres of moist soil wetland habitat and 28 acres of scrub-shrub wetland habitat via grant and match funds on public lands and restore 300 acres of bottomland hardwood wetlands via grant funds. This proposal will provide habitat for wood ducks and hooded mergansers, as well as 11 NAWCA High Priority and Priority waterfowl species. Numerous federal and state-listed endangered/threatened species will also benefit from these projects when they are completed.