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  • 2014-3 NAWCA Proposals

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

    Project: Canadian/Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Habitat Program 2014-3
    Location: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and the Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $11,926,699
    U.S. Matching Funds: $5,963,350
    Canadian Matching Funds: $5,963,349
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 6 and 11

    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. Under the Ducks Unlimited 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.

    Work activities and accomplishments proposed in DUC’s Canadian Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Habitat Program 2014-3 will target landscapes critical to continental waterfowl production. Work in Canada’s Prairie/Parkland primarily involves direct securement, restoration/enhancement and stewardship (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). Work is either securement-based where long-term protective status is being sought through Crown designations (e.g., National Wildlife Areas), or extension-based (stewardship) in cases where adoption of sustainable land-use practices is being promoted with intent to reduce or avoid wetland impacts related to natural resource extraction.

    The $11,926,699 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $11,926,699 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 9,918 new acres, the stewardship of approximately 2,000,000 acres, with enhancement to occur on 3,438 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 4,788,652 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 2014.3
    Location: Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $2,756,922
    U.S. Matching Funds: $1,378,461
    Canadian Matching Funds: $1,378,461
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    BCR: 7, 8, 12, 13 and 14

    The 2014-3 DUC EHJV 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 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 American Black Ducks. The proposal also connects with the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture where many of the priority EHJV waterfowl species overwinter.

    This proposal will deliver a mix of enhancement programs that will increase the overall capacity of the landscape to support waterfowl populations, along with conservation actions focused on conserving critical staging and wintering habitat. These conservation actions are focused on closing the gap between current long-term average population levels (1996-2005) and EHJV population goals of 1.53 million indicated breeding pairs (IBP) identified in the EHJV IP (2007-2012). The priority species include American Black Duck, Lesser Scaup, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Common Eider (3 races), Canada Goose (5 sub-species), Greater Snow Goose and Tundra Swan.

    The $2,756,922 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $2,756,922 in matching funds will be expended across the EHJV. These funds will enable securement of approximately 1,008 new acres, the stewardship of approximately 850 acres, with enhancement to occur on 2,190 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 1,045,353 habitat acres.

    British Columbia and Alberts(One Multi-Province Project)

    Project:  British Columbia Pacific Coast & Canadian Intermountain Conservation Program (2014-3)
    Location: British Columbia and Alberta
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $1,533,567
    U.S. Matching Funds: $766,784
    Canadian Matching Funds: $766,783
    Joint Venture Region: Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture (CIJV) & Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV)
    BCR: 5, 9 and 10

    This proposal describes the next phase in the multi-year commitment by DUC to deliver science-based habitat conservation projects to achieve North American Waterfowl Management Plan goals in British Columbia (BC). A combination of securement, enhancement, management and stewardship activities will be used to address a diverse range of threats, species needs, ownership and management challenges.

    In the BC portion of the Pacific Coast Joint Venture, projects delivery will focus on two priority areas with a combination of high-value intertidal and adjacent agricultural habitats. The Fraser Delta Priority Area is the keystone estuary along the BC Coast, containing almost half of the province’s intertidal estuarine habitat and sustaining the highest wintering population of waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors in Canada. The East Coast Vancouver Island Priority Area contains 46 key estuaries along a narrow shelf of productive coastal farmland, along with higher elevation forested and agricultural lands.

    Projects in the Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture focus on two priority areas where these high-value habitats are under high pressure from industry, non-compatible agriculture or urban expansion. The Cariboo-Chilcotin Priority Area is the most important breeding area in the Intermountain with annual breeding waterfowl populations of 250,000 birds. The Okanagan Priority Area is less significant for breeders but it is one of the Pacific Flyway’s major inland migration corridors.

    The $1,533,567 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $1,533,567 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 639 new acres, the stewardship of approximately 3,000 acres, with enhancement to occur on 325 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 398,682 habitat acres

    Ontario, Quebec, 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
    Funding Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc, Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $967,625
    U.S. Matching Funds: $539,870
    Canadian Matching Funds: $539,005
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    BCR: 8 and 14

    This 2014-3 NAWCA proposal will directly contribute 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.

    Project delivery under this proposal will focus on the long-term securement of priority habitats that are linked to the EHJV 5-year Implementation Plan’s (IP) delivery areas and goals to conserve: 1) breeding and migratory habitat, 2) staging and moulting habitat, and 3) wintering habitat. Project activities will target habitat types that are essential for migratory waterfowl species. Entire ecological systems will be secured including both wetlands and buffers essential to ensuring the quality of habitat for migratory birds. Work plan activities will result in habitat conservation actions that secure 5.9% of the ON 2007-2012 IP habitat goal (10,500 acres secured), 1.3% of the QC 2007-2012 IP habitat total securement goal (49,297 acres secured), and 17.7 % of the AT 2007-2012 IP habitat securement goal (5,653 acres secured). It is anticipated that the provision of quality habitat to address the key limiting factors (duckling survival and settling rate) will, through time, create the landscape conditions necessary to achieve the EHJV waterfowl population goal of 1.81 million breeding pairs prioritized by the IBP.

    The $967,625 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $1,076,875 in matching funds will primarily be expended on target priority wetlands and associated uplands in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. These funds will enable securement of approximately 2,250 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 1,400 acres, with enhancement to occur on 2 acres and management of 67,603 habitat acres.


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

    Project: NCC-Prairies: Protecting Wetlands and Uplands 2014-3, Prairie Habitat Joint Venture
    Location: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
    Grantee: The Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Kevin Teneyke
    Funding Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc, Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $982,428
    U.S. Matching Funds: $491,214
    Canadian Matching Funds: $491,214
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    This proposal is based on strong science (e.g. PHJV Waterfowl Distribution Maps and Productivity Model) and builds on NCC’s solid history – originating in 2001 – of NAWCA proposals in support of the PHJV partnership in its effort to achieve, project by project, habitat and population objectives. This proposal will help sustain the current abundance and distribution of key wetland ecosystems and associated habitat for waterfowl and other wetland associated migratory birds in Canada prairies. This work is guided by the PHJV Implementation Plan, consistent with the goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP, 2012 Revision).

    Wetland securement is the primary work to be undertaken in this proposal. In many PHJV target landscapes, increasing development pressures threaten to destroy key wetland ecosystems and associated habitats. Proactive targeting seeks to identify and pre-empt this outcome by negotiating permanent protection of both wetlands and associated habitats through acquisition or perpetual conservation easements. Enhancement will also be undertaken and will involve both the restoration of previously drained small wetlands with earthen dams, restoration of non-perennial associated uplands (cropland) by seeding to native grass, plus installation of management infrastructure (fencing, cattle watering systems) and signs.

    The $982,428 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $982,428 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 2,396 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 160 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 68,137 habitat acres.
    British Columbia (One Project)

    Project: NCC British Columbia: CIJV and PCJV Wetland-Associated Migratory Bird Habitat Conservation 2014-3
    Location: British Columbia
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Linda Hannah
    Funding Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc, Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $400,000
    U.S. Matching Funds: $200,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $200,000
    Joint Venture Region: Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture (CIJV) & Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV)
    BCR: 5, 9, 10

    This proposal builds upon work initiated in previous NCC NAWCA proposals on behalf of the two Joint Ventures in BC. Work under this proposal will be guided by the planning processes and joint priorities of its Joint Venture partners, as well as through NCC’s comprehensive conservation planning programs. Threatened and strategic wetland and associated upland habitats will be the focus of work under this proposal. NCC’s tools for new acquisitions under this funding window will be purchase of lands, accepting donations of lands and activities that enhance habitat suitability. Also included in this proposal are activities to support effective wetland and associated upland management of sites which were secured under previous funding windows. Work will be done to restore degraded wetlands and their surrounding drainage lands to better support migratory waterfowl. Intact ecological functions will be the overall goal of all activities. New secured lands will have baseline inventories and management plans developed so that NCC and its community and JV partners can manage the lands for optimal long term wildlife benefits.

    The $400,000 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $400,000 in matching funds will be primarily expended in the Canadian portion of the PCJV and the CIJV. These funds will enable securement of approximately 213 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 113 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 6,504 habitat acres.

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

    Project: Potholes Plus Project (2014-3)
    Location: Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
    Grantee: Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
    Contact: Tim Sopuck
    Funding Partners: Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
    Approved: March 26, 2014
    NAWCA Grant: $265,000  
    U.S. Matching Funds: $132,500
    Canadian Matching Funds: $132,500
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    The 2014-3 Prairie Potholes Project is the seventh NAWCA proposal submitted by MHHC. Its foundation is goals, objectives and implementation plans established by the PHJV. Under the previous six proposals, MHHC’s obligation is to secure 39,400 acres of wetland and upland habitat, almost all of which is to be secured in perpetuity.

    Through the Potholes Plus Project, habitats critical to the production of waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife will be secured, enhanced and managed. Guided by the
    PHJV Implementation Plan for NAWMP, conservation activities will be focused on the most productive areas, as defined by the PHJV Waterfowl Productivity Model and complementary planning and prioritization activities. Securement activities will
    emphasize sites that exceed threshold waterfowl breeding pair density criteria (>30 pairs
    per square mile) in NAWMP Target Landscapes as well as priority wetlands found in the wider NAWMP Delivery Area. Enhancement of waterfowl habitat will be accomplished through the use of nesting structures, which greatly increases nesting success of waterfowl, particularly mallards.

    The $265,000 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $265,000 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 1,784 new acres, the stewardship of approximately 12,000 acres, with enhancement to occur on 250 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 54,650 habitat acres.