At-Risk Prairie Pothole Conservation
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)
Land Acquisition / Protection
The North Dakota At-risk Prairie Pothole Conservation project is designed to protect small shallow wetlands in an agriculturally dominant landscape that are critical for breeding duck pairs and duck broods while restoring and enhancing available native grasslands that provide nesting cover for female ducks. The project area lies in the heart of the prairie pothole region (PPR) and the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture (PPJV). The targeted counties occur within the Missouri Coteau and Drift Prairie regions where wetland densities are some of the highest in North America, unprecedented land-use change is occurring, and available funding sources are becoming more limited. Ducks Unlimited and its partners along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) are proposing to use $1,019,000 in grant funds and $1,066,636 in match funds to acquire critical wetland easements in perpetuity and maintain grassland habitat through short-term programs to conserve 4,680 acres of prairie pothole habitat for migratory birds.
North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, Private Contributors