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    15th Floor, Place Vincent Massey
    351 St. Joseph Boulevard
    Gatineau, Quebec
    K1A OH3
    Phone (819) 934-6036
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  • 2012-3 NAWCA Proposals

     Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: Potholes Plus Program 2012-3.
    Location: Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
    Grantee: The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation .
    Contact: Tim Sopuck, tsopuck@mhhc.mb.ca, 204-784-4357.
    Partners: U.S. - Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Environment Canada, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, Wildlife Habitat Canada, Province of Manitoba.
    Funding Approved: June 6th, 2012.
    Grant: $560,500
    Matching Funds: US: $280,250 Canada: $280,250 .
    Nonmatching Funds:$420,000
    Joint Venture: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture.
    BCR: 11

    Potholes Plus Program partners deliver habitat securement, enhancement, management and stewardship of wetland and associated habitats in priority NAWMP Target Landscapes and Delivery Areas as part of an ongoing, comprehensive habitat conservation initiative. Activities described here follow the PHJV Implementation Plan: 2007-2012 and the Manitoba NAWMP Implementation Plan: 2007-2012.

    The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of Canada comprises important breeding grounds for many waterfowl species. The main goal of this project is to permanently secure and protect waterfowl habitat through the use of perpetual conservation easements. These legally-binding agreements impose land use restrictions on land where desired habitat is present or is undergoing restoration. This project will directly benefits at least 16 waterfowl species and over 230 species of waterbirds, shorebirds and landbirds during nesting and/or migration through the permanent securement of the habitat upon which they depend. Further, habitat enhancement for these species will occur through wetland restoration and installation of waterfowl nesting structures. Through partner funding, endangered, threatened and species of special concern will also benefit and will be accrued though long-term habitat conservation tools including easements and land purchases, as well as changes in land stewardship practices through demonstration projects.

    The $560,500 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $560,500 in matching funds and $420,000 in other contributions will be primarily expended in Manitoba. These funds will enable securement of approximately 5,930 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 25,040 acres, with enhancement to occur on 150 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 115,495 habitat acres.
     Quebec (One Project)

    Project: NCC Quebec: Protecting Wetland & Upland Habitat 2012-3, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture.
    Location: Quebec.
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).
    Contact: Joël Bonin, joel.bonin@natureconservancy.ca, 514-876-1606
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada; Nature Conservancy of Canada; Quebec Wildlife and Natural Resources Ministry; Quebec Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Ministry.
    Funding Approved: June 6th, 2012.
    Grant: $366,685.
    Matching Funds: US: $183,342.50 Canada: $183,342.50 .
    Nonmatching Funds: $756,180.
    Joint Venture: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture.
    BCR: 12,13 and 14.

    This proposal focuses on the securement and management of wetland and associated upland habitats critical to maintaining the Quebec region's breeding, staging and wintering waterfowl populations and other wetland-dependant wildlife. NCC's Northern Appalachian/Acadia and St. Lawrence Lowlands Conservation Blueprints, which incorporate Bird Conservation Regions (BCR) data and overlap with EHJV delivery areas and goals, will be used to identify target natural areas where this proposal will be delivered. The NCC specializes in the direct protection of private lands, including wetland and associated upland habitat critical to migratory waterfowl. Through a combination of land donation and fee simple acquisition, wetlands are protected from drainage and degradation and associated uplands protected from cultivation and land clearing. Following the latest EHJV 5-Year (2007-2012) Implementation Plan (IP) biological assumptions, securement, enhancement and management activities will focus on preserving: 1) important breeding and migratory habitat, 2) staging and moulting habitat, and 3) wintering habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, grassland and colonial bird species, and additional native flora and fauna. Priority EHJV waterfowl species directly benefiting from these activities include: American Black Duck, Green-winged Teal, Great Blue Heron and Canada goose. Other migratory birds and species at-risk to benefit are the Harlequin Duck and the Bicknell's Thrush. Work under this agreement will also educate landowners and recreational users about the value of wetlands to wildlife and the healthy functioning of ecosystems.

    This proposal builds upon conservation work completed by NCC under previous NAWCA grant agreements. In addition, communication activities will be used to promote securement and management actions described in this proposal.

    The $366,685 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $366,685 in matching funds and $756,180 in other contributions will be primarily expended in Quebec. These funds will enable securement of approximately 926 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 812 acres, and management of 35,068 habitat acres.
     Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: Prairie Canada Wetlands & Uplands 2012-3.
    Location: Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba .
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC).
    Contact: Jordan Ignatiuk, Jordan.Ignatiuk@natureconservancy.ca, 306-347-0447 .
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Inc.; Nature Conservancy of Canada; Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment - Fish and Wildlife Development Fund.
    Funding Approved: June 6th, 2012 .
    Grant: $625,000.
    Matching Funds: US: $312,500 Canada: $312,500.
    Nonmatching Funds: $743,000.
    Joint Venture:Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV).
    BCR: 11

    NCC programming will be delivered in up to 35 PHJV target landscapes whose geographic area overlaps with NCC Natural Areas of high biodiversity as identified by conservation science under the Natural Areas Conservation Program established by NCC and Environment Canada in 2007. Immediate priority will be to continue to expand on-going conservation programming in NAWMP target landscapes including southern Saskatchewan's Touchwood Beaver, Quills South and the Missouri Coteau; the Minnedosa-Shoal Lake area of south-western Manitoba; and the Ardrossan and Buffalo landscapes of central Alberta. NCC partners will work with government and non-government organizations to deliver habitat conservation programming.

    This proposal directly contributes to NAWMP habitat goals and it follows the PHJV Implementation Plan 2007-2012. Implementation draws upon a science-based model which links habitat and waterfowl recruitment. Population goals are achieved through implementation of a habitat conservation plan in target landscapes of high waterfowl breeding density. This proposal focuses on contributing to the Plan's habitat goals for retaining and restoring duck production habitat. Prairie and aspen parkland breeding waterfowl expected to benefit include: Northern Pintail, Mallard, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Cinnamon Teal, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy, Canvasback and Redhead. With NCC program delivery focusing in BCR 11 and further targeting complexes of wetlands and surrounding native upland habitat, wetland associated migratory birds will also benefit from conservation of breeding habitat. Examples include Marbled Godwit, Horned Grebe and Swainson's Hawk. In addition to NAWMP, habitat secured with this proposal will contribute to the habitat goals of the North American Land Bird Conservation Plan, the Canadian Shorebird Conservation Plan and the North American Waterbird Conservation Plan.

    The $625,000 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $625,000 in matching funds and $743,000 in other contributions will be primarily expended in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. These funds will enable securement of approximately 3,600 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 400 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 94,000 habitat acres.
     British Columbia and Alberta (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: British Columbia Pacific Coast and Canadian Intermountain Conservation Program 2012- 3.
    Location: British Columbia and Alberta.
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada.
    Contact: Brad Arner, b_arner@ducks.ca, 250-374-8307 ext 223.
    Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Environment Canada, B.C. Ministry of Environment, Other Non-government sources
    Funding Approved:June 6th, 2012 .
    Grant: $1,859,650.
    Matching Funds: US: $929,825 Canada: $929.825 .
    Nonmatching Funds: $200,000
    Joint Venture: Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV) and Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture (CIJV) .
    BCR: 5,9, and 10.
    This proposal is the next phase in the multi-year commitment by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) to deliver science-based habitat conservation projects to achieve NAWMP goals in the PCJV and CIJV regions of British Columbia. This proposal will benefit 36 species of waterfowl and will contribute to the overall conservation of biodiversity in B.C. In the PCJV, projects target estuaries and agricultural lands where waterfowl values are high and habitat degradation is a significant threat, this region provides habitat for over a million wintering and staging waterfowl. Projects in the CIJV area focus on key breeding habitats that sustain the 1.45 million breeding and eight million migrant waterfowl.

    New in this proposal are the increased efforts to secure key properties on Crown lands in the CIJV via government designation. DUC and PCJV partners will work to secure critical agricultural lands via acquisition or conservation covenant and will continue habitat conservation planning involving energetic modeling in the Fraser Delta - North Puget Sound (with Ducks Unlimited Inc.).

    The $1,859,650 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $1,859,650 in matching funds and $200,000 in other contributions will be primarily expended in British Columbia and Alberta. These funds will enable securement of approximately 1,909 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 5,280 acres, with enhancement to occur on 5,802 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 365,997 habitat acres.

     Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: Ducks Unlimited Canada/Eastern Habitat Joint Venture Wetland Conservation 2012-3
    Location: Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador .
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada .
    Contact: Deanne Meadus, d_meadus@ducks.ca, 902-667-8726.
    Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Environment Canada, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Quebec Natural Resources and Wildlife, Atlantic Habitat Partnership.
    Funding Approved: June 6th, 2012
    Grant: $3,214,377
    Matching Funds: : US: $1,607,189 Canada: $1,607,188
    Nonmatching Funds: $660,912
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture
    BCR: 7,8,12,13 and 14

    This proposal is part of the multi-year commitment by EHJV partners to deliver waterfowl habitat conservation actions across the six eastern Canadian provinces. This proposal will deliver conservation actions that align with priorities in the EHJV 2007-2012 Implementation Plan (IP). These science based conservation actions will improve and maintain the quality and quantity of habitat for priority breeding, staging and wintering waterfowl species. Actions that contribute to the retention of habitat (securement, management, stewardship and policy) are critical to sustaining current waterfowl populations and will in time create landscapes capable of supporting 1.81 million indicated breeding pairs (IBP) of waterfowl. Examples of these retention actions include a diversity of programs ranging from fee simple acquisition to stewardship programs. Overall, conservation actions in this proposal should result in landscapes capable of supporting an additional 2,527 IBP in the EHJV.

    New in this proposal, the DUC will focus on rebuilding aging water control structures on high value wetlands across all six provinces in the EHJV to ensure that they maintain and increase waterfowl populations to help reach the IP goals.

    The $3,214,377 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $3,214,377 in matching funds and $660,912 in other contributions will be primarily expended in eastern Canada. These funds will enable securement of approximately 1,555 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 7,000 acres, with enhancement to occur on 2,450 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 1,025,229 habitat acres.
     British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: Canadian Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Habitat Program 2012-3.
    Location: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories .
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada.
    Contact: Pat Kehoe, p_kehoe@ducks.ca, 780-489-2002 .
    Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Environment Canada, Provincial and Territorial Governments, Other Canadian Contributors.
    Funding Approved: June 6th, 2012.
    Grant:$15,123,782.
    Matching Funds: US: $7,561,891 Canada: $7,561,891
    Nonmatching Funds: $3,663,688 .
    Joint Venture: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture.
    BCR: 6 and 11

    Work activities and accomplishments proposed in Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC)'s Canadian Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Habitat Program 2012-3 NAWCA will target landscapes critical to continental waterfowl production. Work in Canada's Prairie/Parkland primarily involves direct securement, restoration/enhancement and extension on private land with immediate and regular habitat results. Under DU's Continental Conservation Plan the Canadian Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Forest have been identified as top level priority areas. Together these regions support an average of 72% of North America's breeding ducks. It is critical that conservation efforts here succeed if NAWMP goals are to be realized. Expected benefits for waterfowl in Canada's Prairie/Parkland are based on specific habitat objectives described in the PHJV Implementation Plan 2007 - 2012. These benefits include providing habitat to high priority species such as Mallard and Northern pintail, along with other wetland dependent species such as Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Redhead and Canvasback.

    This proposal is the next step in a multi-year commitment by DUC to NAWCA expanding on the success realized through partnerships with agricultural interests to conserve critical habitats in working agricultural landscapes though the development and implementation of sustainable, waterfowl friendly land use practices.

    The $15,123,782 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $15,123,782 in matching funds and $3,663,688 in other contributions will be primarily expended in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories. These funds will enable securement of approximately 119,000 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 2,400,000 acres, with enhancement to occur on 7,100 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 4,690,217 habitat acres.
     New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: Atlantic: Protecting Wetland and Upland Habitat 2012-3, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture .
    Location: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada .
    Contact: John Foley, john.foley@natureconservancy.ca, 506-450-6010.
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc., Nature Conservancy of Canada, Province of New Brunswick, Nature Trust of New Brunswick, Province of Newfoundland & Labrador, Province of Prince Edward Island, Province of Nova Scotia, Environment Canada .
    Approved: June 6th, 2012 .
    Grant: $218,438 .
    Matching Funds: US: $109,219 Canada: $109,219 .
    Nonmatching funds: $290,781 .
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture.
    BCR: 8 and 14

    This proposal focuses on the securement, management and stewardship of wetland and associated upland habitats that are critical to maintaining the region's breeding, staging and wintering waterfowl populations and other wetland-dependant wildlife. NCC's Northern Appalachian/Acadian Conservation Blueprint, which incorporates Bird Conservation Regions (BCR) data and overlap with EHJV delivery areas, identify target natural areas in which this proposal will be delivered. Workplan activities align with the Implementation Plan (IP) (2007- 12), NAWMP goals, and Atlantic province's securement goals. Following the latest EHJV 5- Year (2007-2012) IP biological assumptions, securement, enhancement and management activities will focus on preserving: 1) important breeding and migratory habitat, 2) staging and moulting habitat, and 3) wintering habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, grassland and colonial bird species, and additional native flora and fauna. Priority EHJV waterfowl species directly benefiting from these activities include: American Black Duck, Green-winged Teal and Canada Goose. Other BCR bird species to benefit include the Red-breasted Merganser, Great Blue Heron and shorebirds such as the Semipalmated Sandpiper. Species at Risk to benefit include the Piping Plover and Bicknell's Thrush.

    This proposal builds upon conservation work completed by NCC under previous NAWCA grant agreements. In addition, communication activities will be used to promote securement and management actions described in this proposal.

    The $218,438 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $218,438 in matching funds and $290,781 in other contributions will be primarily expended in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. These funds will enable securement of approximately 800 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 4,000 acres, and management of 22,746 habitat acres.
     British Columbia (One Project)

    Project: NCC B.C.: CIJV and PCJV Wetland-Associated Migratory Bird Habitat 2012-3.
    Location: British Columbia
    Grantee: The Nature Conservancy of Canada.
    Contact: Linda Hannah, linda.hannah@natureconservancy.ca, 250-479-3191.
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc., Nature Conservancy of Canada, Columbia Basin Trust, Tula Foundation, Wildlife Habitat Canada.
    Funding Approved: June 6th, 2012 .
    Grant: $375,350 .
    Matching Funds: US: $187,675 Canada: $187,675.
    Non-matching Funds: $888,121
    Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV) and the Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture (CIJV).
    BCR:: 5, 9, and 10

    This proposal focuses on securement, enhancement and management of wetland and associated upland habitats that are critical to maintaining breeding, staging and wintering waterfowl populations within the PCJV and the CIJV in British Columbia. Additionally, there will be added auxiliary habitat protection for a wide number of species, some of them species at risk both in British Columbia and continentally. A number of NCC conservation planning tools underlay the focus areas of this proposal as well as the planned activities within them. Of special use to NCC are its Natural Area Conservation Plans, which focus on key targets in focal areas for conservation actions. The activities within this proposal are entirely consistent with the CIJV Implementation Plan. Work plan activities align with PCJV Strategic Plan Goals. In the PCJV the proposal will directly and permanently protect and begin to manage important habitat for the following PCJV species: Red Necked and Eared Grebe, Brant, Surf Scoter, Greater Scaup, Mallard, Barrow's Goldeneye, Oystercatcher, along with other waterfowl species. In the CIJV work will benefit primarily breeding birds, as the numbers of wintering migratory waterfowl are smaller. It is anticipated work in the CIJV will directly benefit twenty-four species of breeding waterfowl, including Mallard, Harlequin Duck, Lesser Scaup and Barrow's Goldeneye. Auxiliary benefits include protecting and improving community water source quality, tourism, sustainable forestry harvesting and ranching practices, bird watching, hiking, and a wide variety of traditional and innovative employment opportunities.

    This proposal is a continuation of previous NCC NAWCA proposals on behalf of the two Joint Ventures in BC, the CIJV and the PCJV.

    The $375,350 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $375,350 in matching funds and $888,121 in other contributions will be primarily expended in British Columbia. These funds will enable securement of approximately 307 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 612 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 14,576 habitat acres.

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