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  • 2014-3 MBTA

    Saskatchewan (Single-Province Project)

    Project: BP Oil Spill Funding – DUC - Allan/Dana Hills Landscape
    Location: Saskatchewan
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $2,000,000
    U.S. Matching Funds: $1,000,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $1,000,000
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    Through this proposal Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) will conserve critical uplands and wetlands within the Allan/Dana Hills Landscape of the Canadian Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) to provide long-term benefits to species impacted by the BP Oil Spill. DUC will secure private lands to restore drained wetlands, convert croplands to upland habitat and retain important at-risk wetland and upland habitat. DUC will also secure conservation easements (CEs) on private lands to retain intact tracts of high density/diversity wetland habitat intermixed with uplands at high risk of being converted to cropland. DUC’s enhancement activities will restore small, shallow wetland basins via simple earthen ditch plugs  and engineered control structures, in addition to restoring uplands by converting crops to hay, delayed hay and dense nesting cover. All proposed activities are tightly aligned with PHJV goals, and they contribute to habitat conservation goals identified in BCR 11.

    The $2,000,000 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $2,000,000 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Canadian Prairie Pothole Regions of Saskatchewan. These funds will enable securement of approximately 2,354 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 1,226 secured habitat acres.

    Saskatchewan and Manitoba (Multi-Province Project)

    Project: BP Oil Spill Funding – DUC – Virden/Lightning Landscape
    Location: Saskatchewan and Manitoba
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $1,100,000
    U.S. Matching Funds: $550,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $550,000
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    Through this proposal Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) will conserve critical uplands and wetlands within the Virden/Lightning Landscape of the Canadian Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) to provide long-term benefits to species impacted by the BP Oil Spill. DUC will secure private lands to restore drained wetlands, convert croplands to upland habitat and retain important at-risk wetland and upland habitat. DUC will also secure conservation easements (CEs) on private lands to retain intact tracts of high density/diversity wetland habitat intermixed with uplands at high risk of being converted to cropland. DUC’s enhancement activities will restore small, shallow wetland basins via simple earthen ditch plugs and engineered control structures, in addition to restoring uplands by converting crops to hay, delayed hay and dense nesting cover. All proposed activities are tightly aligned with PHJV goals, and they contribute to habitat conservation goals identified in BCR 11.

    The $1,100,000 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $1,100,000 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Canadian Prairie Pothole Regions of Saskatchewan. These funds will enable securement of approximately 1,426 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 841 secured habitat acres.

    Manitoba (Single-Province Project)

    Project: BP Oil Spill Funding - Manitoba Prairie Parkland Macondo Oil Spill Mitigation Project
    Location: Manitoba
    Grantee: Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
    Contact: Tim Sopuck
    Funding Partners: Delta Waterfowl Foundation; Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $250,000
    U.S. Matching Funds: $125,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $125,000
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    Through this proposal Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC) will secure breeding habitats that will benefit waterfowl and other wetland dependent birds that also use wintering habitat along the Gulf of Mexico coast of the United States. Using fee simple acquisition and perpetual conservation easements, MHHC’s securement work will provide perpetual protection of breeding habitat for populations of 16 priority species that are known to winter in the Gulf region. Focal species will include four priority “oiled birds” and 12 other “priority species”.

    While this proposal targets populations of 16 species known to migrate to the Gulf region, the deliverables also align with NAWMP, PHJV and BCR plans. The focus is the protection of permanent, semi-permanent and seasonal wetlands and associated uplands that provide breeding, feeding and stop-over habitat. The project delivery area is bounded to the north by almost 1,200 square miles (3,100 km2) of national park and contains an internationally recognized Important Bird Area.

    The $250,000 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $250,000 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Canadian Prairie Pothole Regions of Manitoba. These funds will enable securement of approximately 500 new acres.
    Ontario (Single-Province Project)

    Project: BP Oil Spill Funding – DUC - Long Point and Lake St. Clair Marsh Restoration
    Location: Ontario
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $700,000
    U.S. Matching Funds: $350,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $350,000
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    BCR: 13

    This proposal focuses on redevelopment of 12 wetland projects representing over 1,200 acres of wetland habitat. Failure to reinvest in these wetlands will create a real risk of future loss of these critical wetlands. The work will be anchored by three large projects that are part of the Canadian Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Area system: 1) Big Creek, representing 217 acres at Long Point, and 2) St. Clair (two wetland segments), representing a total of 610.3 acres along the shores of Lake St. Clair. The investment will also refurbish 9 other wetlands in proximity to the two flagship projects, resulting in restoration of an additional 389.1 wetland acres.

    The 12 projects will provide critical breeding and staging habitat to meet the needs of many birds, including 26 of the species listed as priorities for BP Oil Spill Funding. The work will benefit 10 species that were oiled as a result of the oil spill, of which 6 will be provided with breeding habitat (Black Tern, Black-crowned Night-heron, King Rail, Least Bittern, Pied-billed Grebe, and Mallard) and 4 will be provided with critical migration habitat (Lesser Scaup, Little Blue Heron, Semipalmated Sandpiper and Short-billed Dowitcher). In addition, this work will support continentally significant migrations of waterfowl species such as Canvasback and Ring-necked Duck.

    The $700,000 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $700,000 in matching funds will be expended in Ontario. These funds will restore (enhance) 12 wetland projects consisting of 1233.5 habitat acres.

    Quebec (Single-Province Project)

    Project: BP Oil Spill Funding – DUC - Massettes Marsh Enhancement
    Location: Quebec
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $200,000
    U.S. Matching Funds: $100,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $100,000
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    BCR: 13

    This enhancement project will maintain habitat conditions on a rich 208-acre wetland complex by maintaining water at suitable levels. The project will ensure improved staging and nesting conditions on 208 acres for 10 oiled species: Least Bittern, Black Tern, Black-crowned Night-heron, Common Tern, Lesser Scaup, Pied-billed Grebe, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Mallard1. Another 23 species of priority migratory birds were identified as either utilizing Massetts Marsh for breeding or staging habitat during their migration to and from the Gulf Coast States.
     

    The $200,000 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $200,000 in matching funds will be expended in Quebec along the Ottawa river. These funds will restore (enhance) 208 wetland acres.


    Saskatchewan (Single-Province Project)

    Project: BP Oil Spill Funding – NCC Quill Lakes, SK: Protecting Wetland and Upland Habitat, 2014-3
    Location: Saskatchewan
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Kathryn Folkl
    Funding Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada; Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $263,115  
    U.S. Matching Funds: $131,557.50
    Canadian Matching Funds: $131,557.50
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    The project’s primary goal is the acquisition of 1,198 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat to prevent drainage, conversion and other critical threats in the Quill Lakes Area in South-Central Saskatchewan. This project will conserve habitat necessary for staging, feeding and breeding by fifteen migratory bird species affected by the BP oil spill. In addition, once secured, 910 acres of habitat will be enhanced to addresses the intensity and distribution of livestock.

    Decades of band-return data have established that migration corridors exist between the Canadian Prairies and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast. Waterfowl band returns have demonstrated a direct link between Saskatchewan and the Gulf States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The Quill Lakes area is an ideal breeding area for nine BP Priority Species: the Mallard, Northern Pintail, Redhead, American Wigeon, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Canvasback, Common Tern, Lesser Scaup and Marbled Godwit. Additionally the area supports more than 100,000 shorebirds annually. The lakes are used for staging and feeding during spring (mid-May to mid-June) and fall (mid-July to end of September) migrations.

    The $263,115 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $263,115 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Canadian Prairie Pothole Regions of Saskatchewan. These funds will enable securement of approximately 1,198 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 910 secured habitat acres.
    Alberta (Single-Province Project)

    Project: BP Oil Spill Funding - Nature Conservancy of Canada – Alberta Securement Project (2014-3)
    Location: Alberta
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Kathryn Folkl
    Funding Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada; Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $250,000
    U.S. Matching Funds: $125,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $125,000
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    The Pine Lake landscape was selected for this proposal based on its known, high biological richness and ability to directly deliver conservation benefits for a sub-set of species affected by the BP Oil Spill, specifically breeding habitat benefits. Strong geographic linkages exist between many species, that winter in the Gulf Coast and breed in western prairie Canada. All major bird groups representing multiple species are included in this proposal (e.g. waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds, and migratory landbirds).

    This proposal will secure in perpetuity a 160-acre parcel of wetland and associated natural lands in the Pine Lake landscape, Alberta, Canada. This will occur through purchase (fee simple acquisition), with title to be transacted and retained by NCC. Minor enhancement work is typically required to restore previously drained small wetlands (estimated 3.0 acres) and restore disturbed or cultivated lands to permanent grass (estimated 7.0 acres). Not included in this proposal – but assumed under adjoining project operation by NCC – is subsequent long-term management to maximize ecological integrity and function for target species. The effect of this action is to sustain current population benefits for targeted species of breeding waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds and migratory landbirds by preventing real threat of habitat loss, fragmentation or degradation. This proposal is complementary and additive to existing PHJV programs, Bird Conservation Region #11 Plan, and international waterbird, shorebird and migratory landbird conservation plans.

    The $250,000 in Gulf Spill grant funds together with the $250,000 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Canadian Prairie Pothole Regions of Alberta. These funds will enable securement of approximately 160 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 10 secured habitat acres.