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  • 2013-3 NAWCA Proposals

     British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Yukon Territory (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: Canadian Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Habitat Program (2013-3)
    Location: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and the Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada.
    Contact: Pat Kehoe, p_kehoe@ducks.ca, (780) 489-2002 .
    Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc. Ducks Unlimited Canada.
    Funding Approved: June 5th 2013.
    NAWCA Grant: $12,729,955.
    U.S. Matching Funds: $6,364,978.
    Canadian Matching Funds: $6,3649,77.
    Other Contributions: Removed from proposals for 2013-3
    Joint Venture: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture.(PHJV)
    BCR: 6 and 11.

    This proposal is the next chapter of an adaptive, multi-year program delivery commitment by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and its partners to NAWCA to achieve the goals and objectives of the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV) under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). Under Ducks Unlimited'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. This proposal is the next step in a multi-year commitment by DUC to NAWCA to significantly contribute to achieving the goals and objectives of the PHJV under the NAWMP. Work activities and accomplishments proposed in DUC's Canadian Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Habitat Program 2013-3 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. In the WBF, focus is on exceptionally large, often multi-million acre wetland complexes under Crown ownership (federal government).

    The $12,729,955 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $12,729,955 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Canadian Prairie, Parkland and Western Boreal Forest Regions of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories. These funds will enable securement of approximately 14,164 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 2,000,000 acres, with enhancement to occur on 6,693 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 4,788,768 habitat acres.
     Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: Ducks Unlimited Canada/Eastern Habitat Joint Venture Wetlands Conservation 2013-3.
    Location: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada.
    Contact: Tom Duffy
    Partners: : Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Funding Approved: June 5th, 2013
    NAWCA Grant:$2,979,175
    U.S. Matching Funds: $1,489,588
    Canadian Matching Funds: $1,489,587
    Joint Venture: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    BCR: 7, 8, 12, 13 and 14

    This proposal continues to build on the habitat achievements in the six eastern Canadian provinces dating back to the signing of the original EHJV Agreement in 1989. This proposal supports other species Joint Ventures such as the Sea Duck and the Black Duck Joint Ventures with habitat specific work that benefits sea ducks and black ducks. It also connects with the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture where many of the priority waterfowl species in the EHJV overwinter. This proposal balances a mix of enhancement programs that will increase the overall capacity of the landscape to support waterfowl populations at EHJV goal levels with the need to retain the existing habitat base. Conservation actions in eastern Canada are focused on duckling survival and pair settling rates, the two primary factors limiting waterfowl production within the EHJV. In addition, conservation actions also focus on conserving critical staging and wintering habitat. New in this proposal will be the development of a pilot project in Ontario to assess approaches to evaluate net change on landscapes important to waterfowl. Landscapes in the southern range of the EHJV are under constant change through the influence of industry and urban development.

    The $2,979,175 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $2,979,175 in matching funds will be expended across the EHJV. These funds will enable securement of approximately 2,266 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 2,350 acres, with enhancement to occur on 2,476 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 1,034,217 habitat acres.
     British Columbia and Alberts(One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: British Columbia Pacific Coast and Canadian Intermountain Conservation Program (2013-3)
    Location: British Columbia and Alberta
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada.
    Contact: Bruce Harrison
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canda
    Funding Approved: June 5th, 2013
    NAWCA Grant: $1,752,456
    U.S. Matching Funds: $876,228
    Canadian Matching Funds: $876,228
    Other Contributions:Removed from proposals for 2013-3
    Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast (PCJV) and Canadian Intermountain (CIJV).
    BCR: 5, 9 and 10.

    This proposal describes the next phase in the multi-year commitment by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) to deliver partner-supported habitat conservation projects in B.C., which has so far resulted in the securement and ongoing conservation of more than 392,000 priority wetland and upland acres in the CIJV and Canadian portion of the PCJV. Under the proposed program, DUC will target high priority wetlands, estuaries and associated uplands within priority areas where waterfowl values are high and habitat degradation is a significant threat. The focus in the PCJV priority areas is on the needs of wintering and migrating waterfowl, as foraging habitat is a key limiting factor for these non-breeding birds. In contrast, the focus in the CIJV priority areas is directed primarily at improving waterfowl breeding habitat conditions, and secondarily on supporting waterfowl moulting/staging/wintering habitat. New or expanded elements in this proposal include a more targeted approach in the Fraser Delta in consideration of energetic modeling, a continued emphasis on water control rebuilds to replace aging infrastructure, and finalization of the PCJV IP. DUC continues to coordinate its activities with counterparts in the US-PCJV and adjacent JVs.

    The $1,752,456 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $1,752,456 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Fraser Delta, East Coast Vancouver Island, Cariboo-Chilcotin and Okanagan regions of British Columbia. These funds will enable securement of approximately 785 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 3,100 acres, with enhancement to occur on 475 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 392,600 habitat acres
     Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: Potholes Plus Project
    Location:Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
    Grantee: Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
    Contact: Tim Sopuck
    Funding Partners:Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation , and Environment Canada
    Funding Approved: June 5th, 2013
    NAWCA Grant: $566,518
    U.S. Matching Funds: $283,259
    Canadian Matching Funds: $283,259
    Other Contributions:Removed from proposals for 2013-3
    Joint Venture: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV).
    BCR: 11

    The proposal is the sixth NAWCA proposal submitted by MHHC and continues work towards the objectives of the Manitoba and PHJV NAWMP Implementation Plans. Under the previous five proposals, MHHC has an obligation to perpetually secure 35,010 acres of wetland and upland habitat. This project will secure, enhance and manage wetland and associated upland habitats within the Canadian prairie pothole region. Securement is being delivered within areas that have been defined through a rigorous modeling exercise-the PHJV waterfowl productivity model-that identifies areas of utmost importance to waterfowl across the prairies. A new activity within this proposal is the use of ten-year conservation agreements that provide an entry point to engage conservation-minded individuals not yet ready to make perpetual conservation commitments.

    The 566,518 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $566,518 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Key Program Areas (KPAs) of Manitoba, South Saskatchewan, Prairie and Aspen Parkland Biomes of Alberta. These funds will enable securement of approximately 4,390 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 25,000 acres, with enhancement to occur on 120 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 123,196 habitat acres.

     Quebec (One Project)

    Project: NCC-Québec: Protecting Wetland & Upland Habitat 2013-3, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture
    Location:Quebec
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Joël Bonin
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc, Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Funding Approved: June 5th, 2013
    NAWCA Grant: $811,589
    U.S. Matching Funds: $437,500
    Canadian Matching Funds: $437,500
    Other Contributioons:Removed from proposals for 2013-3
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV).
    BCR: 12, 13 and 14
    This proposal focuses on the securement and management of wetland and associated upland habitats critical to waterfowl populations and other wetland-dependant wildlife in Quebec, directly contributing to NAWMP and EHJV long-term goals. NCC's Natural Areas, which incorporate data from ecoregional Conservation Blueprints and BCRs, overlap with EHJV delivery areas, and identify focal areas and properties critical to the conservation of waterfowl and wetland-dependent biodiversity targets. Workplan activities also present conservation solutions to address trends and threats regarding wetlands and waterfowl raised by the State of Canada's Birds 2012 Report. The proposed two-year project represents an extension of the work completed by NCC-Québec under previous NAWCA grant agreements. Coordination will ensure all proposal deliverables complement activities of EHJV partners to ensure the effective use of conservation dollars. New in this proposal are influenced stewardship activities and voluntary conservation agreements, both included in the stewardship category leading to direct changes in land uses by landowners, land users and land managers.

    The $811,589 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $875,000 in matching funds will be primarily expended across a number of Quebec NCC Natural Areas. These funds will enable securement of approximately 1,115 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 1,400 acres, and management of 40,000 habitat acres.
     New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: NCC Atlantic: Protecting Wetland & Upland Habitat 2013-3, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture
    Location: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: John Foley
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc, Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Funding Approved: June 5th, 2013
    NAWCA Grant: $811,589
    U.S. Matching Funds: $630,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $343,411
    Other Contributioons:Removed from proposals for 2013-3
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV).
    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 Atlantic Canada's breeding, staging and wintering waterfowl populations and other wetland-dependant wildlife. NCC's Northern Appalachian/Acadian Conservation Blueprint, which incorporates BCR data and overlaps with EHJV delivery areas, identifies target Natural Areas in which this proposal will be delivered. Workplan activities align with EHJV IP (2007-12) and NAWMP goals, and address trends and threats regarding wetlands and waterfowl identified in the State of Canada's Birds 2012 Report. As well, all proposal deliverables will help complement the activities of Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and other EHJV partners, to ensure the effective use of conservation dollars. This proposal builds upon conservation work completed by NCC under previous NAWCA grant agreements. Communication activities will be used to promote securement and management actions described in this proposal.

    The $811,589 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $973,411 in matching will be primarily expended in the Fog Forest, Eastern Hyperoceanic Barrens, Southwest Newfoundland, PEI Coast and Forest, Acadian Peninsula, New Brunswick Northumberland Strait, Chignecto Bay, Lower Bay of Fundy, Scotian South Shore, Eastern Shore Forest and Coast and Nova Scotia Northumberland Strait. These funds will enable securement of approximately 1,500 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 4,000 acres, and management of 24,246 habitat acres.
     Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: NCC-Prairies: Protecting Wetlands and Uplands 2013-3, Prairie Habitat Joint Venture
    Location: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Kevin Teneyke
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc, Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Funding Approved: June 5th, 2013
    NAWCA Grant: $556,518
    U.S. Matching Funds: $292,753
    Canadian Matching Funds: $292,753
    Other Contributioons: Removed from proposals for 2013-3
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV).
    BCR: 11
    This proposal will directly contribute to the PHJV Implementation Plan priority of maintaining and increasing duck production through securing, enhancing and managing prime waterfowl breeding habitat in the Canadian Prairies. Inherent in project outputs are other waterfowl life cycle benefits, such as post-breeding moulting and spring/fall migration. Project actions are principally aimed at securement of critical, at-risk wetlands and associated uplands. Expected benefits include preventing the loss of core duck production areas whose loss may threaten overall target landscape integrity. Additional to waterfowl benefits, NCC's sub-targeted Natural Areas within PHJV target landscapes also translate benefits for rare, threatened or endangered species. Quantification of waterfowl benefit is dependent upon the PHJV Waterfowl Productivity Model and partners. Benefit estimates are made at the scale of target landscapes, and seek to determine the sum effect of habitat securement and enhancement (plus ambient landscape change) on each target landscape's duck productivity. An effort is currently being launched by the PHJV to complete this analysis. Quantification of benefits for rare, threatened or endangered species will be attempted at the local project scale.

    The $556,518 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $585,506 in matching funds will be primarily expended in PHJV target landscapes of the Canadian Prairie and Aspen Parkland ecoregions of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. These funds will enable securement of approximately 2,394 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 133 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 53,526 habitat acres.
     British Columbia (One Project)

    Project: NCC British Columbia: CIJV and PCJV Wetland-Associated Migratory Bird Habitat Conservation (2013-3)
    Location: British Columbia
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Linda Hannah
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc, Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Funding Approved: June 5th, 2013
    NAWCA Grant: $371,012
    U.S. Matching Funds: $200,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $200,000
    Other Contributioons: Removed from proposals for 2013-3
    Joint Venture Region: Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture (CIJV) & Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV)
    BCR: 9 and 10
    This proposal focuses on securement, enhancement and management of wetland and associated upland habitats that are critical to maintaining the British Columbia's breeding, staging and wintering waterfowl populations. It is a continuation of past NCC NAWCA proposals on behalf of the two Joint Ventures in BC. 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 the Natural Area Conservation Plans (Plans), which focus on key targets in focal areas for conservation actions. These Plans are updated every five years. All activities within this proposal are consistent with the CIJV Implementation Plan. Work plan activities also align with PCJV Strategic Plan Goals. All proposal deliverables will ensure the long-term protection of wetland and associated upland habitat and will complement the activities of Ducks Unlimited Canada and other PHJV and CIJV partners.

    The $371,012 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $400,000 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Canadian portion of the PCJV and the CIJV. These funds will enable securement of approximately 15 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 78 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 4,839 habitat acres.
     Ontario (One Project)

    Project: : NCC-Ontario: Great Lakes Basin Wetland Habitat Conservation Project 2013-3, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture
    Location: Ontario
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: James Duncan
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc, Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Funding Approved: June 5th, 2013
    NAWCA Grant: $92,753
    U.S. Matching Funds: $50,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $50,000
    Other Contributioons: Removed from proposals for 2013-3
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    BCR: 13
    This proposal focuses on the securement and management of wetlands and associated upland habitats critical to maintaining the region's breeding, staging and wintering waterfowl populations and other wetland-dependant wildlife. NCC's Great Lakes Conservation Blueprints for Terrestrial and Aquatic Biodiversity, which incorporates BCR data and overlaps with EHJV delivery areas and goals, identified priority landscapes that were then selected for NCC's Natural Area Conservation Program. Natural Area Conservation Plans (Plans) identify biodiversity targets and conservation actions to ensure target viability. Conservation actions from three of these Plans are included in this proposal. Each action takes steps to address trends and threats regarding wetlands and waterfowl identified in the State of Canada's Birds. Workplan activities align with the EHJV 5-year Implementation Plan and NAWMP goals. All proposal deliverables will ensure the long-term protection of wetland and associated upland habitat, and will complement the activities of Ducks Unlimited Canada and other EHJV partners to ensure the effective use of conservation dollars. Moreover, this proposal represents the return of the Ontario Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada to the NAWCA program. NCC Ontario last participated and successfully delivered a NAWCA 2006-1 project.

    The $92,753 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $100,000 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Ontario. These funds will enable securement of approximately 254 new acres and management of 1,697 habitat acres.