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  • 2015-2 NAWCA Proposals

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

    Project: Canadian Prairie/Parkland & Western Boreal Habitat Program 2015-2
    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 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $10,495,619
    U.S. Matching Funds: $5,247,810
    Canadian Matching Funds: $5,247,809
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 6 and 11

    This proposal is the next step in DUC’s multi-year commitment to NAWCA to significantly contribute to achieving the goals and objectives of the PHJV under the NAWMP. The Canadian Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Forest have been identified as priority areas with these regions support an average of 72% of North America’s breeding ducks. Conservation efforts must succeed in these regions if NAWMP goals are to be realized.  Proposal activities focus on Target Landscapes within the PHJV critical to continental waterfowl production.

    DUC’s work in Canada’s Prairie/Parkland landscape primarily involves direct securement, restoration/enhancement and stewardship (extension) on private land with immediate and regular habitat results. While in the WBF, the focus is on exceptionally large, often multi-million acre wetland complexes under Crown ownership (federal government). Enhancement programs are applied to secured wetland and associated uplands to improve their productive capacity for waterfowl and other wildlife. While, management activities ensure that secured wetland and associated upland habitats are cost-effectively retained in a productive state for waterfowl and other wildlife.

    The $10,495,619 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $10,495,619 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 8,957 new acres, the stewardship of approximately 1,850,000 acres, with enhancement to occur on 3,204 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 4,037,408 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 2015-2
    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 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $2,445,296
    U.S. Matching Funds: $1,222,648
    Canadian Matching Funds: $1,222,648
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    BCR: 7, 8, 12, 13 and 14

    The 2015-2 DUC EHJV proposal is part of the multi-year commitment by DUC and its EHJV partners to deliver waterfowl habitat conservation actions across the six eastern Canadian provinces. This proposal targets priority landscapes and address the two factors limiting waterfowl populations, duckling survival and settling rates, for EHJV priority waterfowl species. This proposal will also help EHJV partners achieve habitat goals in the EHJV Implementation Plan (IP), with a focus on the IP priority waterfowl population goal of 1.53 million Indicated Breeding Pairs (IBP) across eastern Canada. Enhancement will be the primary mechanism to reach this waterfowl population goal, while securement and management actions are essential to maintaining existing waterfowl populations.

    This proposal will also supports other species-specific joint ventures such as the Sea Duck and Black Duck Joint Ventures with habitat work that benefits sea ducks and American Black Ducks. The proposal also connects with focus area of the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture, in which many of the priority EHJV waterfowl species overwinter. Loss and degradation of habitat coupled with disturbance are primary threats outlined in Bird Conservation Regions Plans for BCR 7, 8, 12, 13 and 14.

    The $2,445,296 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $2,445,296 in matching funds will be expended across the EHJV. These funds will enable securement of approximately 2,865 new acres, the stewardship of approximately 850 acres, with enhancement to occur on 2,121 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 1,074,179 habitat acres.
    British Columbia and Alberts(One Multi-Province Project)

    Project:  British Columbia Pacific Coast & Canadian Intermountain Conservation Program (2015-2)
    Location: British Columbia and Alberta
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Contact: Pat Kehoe
    Funding Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Ducks Unlimited Canada
    Approved: March 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $1,438,273
    U.S. Matching Funds: $719,137
    Canadian Matching Funds: $719,136
    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 within target high priority area of BC.

    Under the proposed program, DUC will target high priority wetlands, estuaries and associated uplands within priority areas, in both JVs, where waterfowl values are high and habitat degradation is a significant threat. The focus in the two BC-PCJV priority areas (Fraser Delta and East Coast Vancouver Island) is on the needs of wintering and migrating waterfowl. Because foraging habitat is a key limiting factor for these non-breeding birds, conservation activities target estuaries (tidal wetlands and adjacent floodplain habitats and farmlands) that provide important feeding and resting sites. In contrast, the focus in the two CIJV priority areas (Cariboo-Chilcotin and Okanagan) is directed primarily at improving waterfowl breeding habitat conditions, and secondarily on supporting waterfowl moulting/staging/wintering habitat. Typically, activities focus on providing pair space or nesting cover, as well as stable brood-rearing habitats for dabbling and diving species. In this region, where wetland degradation most often occurs as a result of poor livestock management, habitat goals are often achieved via range management.

    The $1,438,273 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $1,438,273 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 642 new acres, the stewardship of approximately 3,000 acres, with enhancement to occur on 325 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 420,467 habitat acres
    Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project:  NCC Quebec and Atlantic: Protecting Wetland & Upland Habitat 2015-2, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture
    Location: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador 
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Kathryn Folkl
    Funding Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc, Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Approved: March 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $944,446
    U.S. Matching Funds: $472,223
    Canadian Matching Funds: $472,223
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    BCR: 8 and 14

    This 2015-2 NCC 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 in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

    Focal areas critical to the conservation of waterfowl and wetland-dependent biodiversity targets and NCC’s work are identified by incorporating data from NCC’s Natural Areas in Quebec and Atlantic natural areas, Conservation Blueprints and Bird Conservation Regions. Workplan activities align with EHJV 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, management and evaluation actions described in this proposal. Stewardship activities and voluntary conservation agreements, both included in the stewardship category, will lead to direct changes in land uses by landowners, land users and land managers.

    The $944,446 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $944,446 in matching funds will primarily be expended on target priority wetlands and associated uplands in the provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. These funds will enable securement of approximately 1,910 new acres, and the stewardship of approximately 510 acres, with enhancement to occur on 25 acres and management of 68,546 habitat acres.

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

    Project: NCC-Prairies: Protecting Wetlands and Uplands 2015-2, PHJV
    Location: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
    Grantee: The Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Kathryn Folkl
    Funding Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc, Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Approved: March 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $1,109,724
    U.S. Matching Funds: $554,862
    Canadian Matching Funds: $554,862
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    The NCC-Prairies: Protecting Wetlands and Uplands 2015-2, PHJV proposal will make a direct contribution to habitat objectives in the current 2007-2012 (and imminent 2013-2020) PHJV Implementation Plan through securing, enhancing and managing critical wetland ecosystems and associated habitat. The primary effect for breeding waterfowl will be to protect in perpetuity high-value vulnerable areas from loss, thereby ensuring ecological components of breeding pair space, associated upland nesting cover, and brood rearing habitat are available, connected and highly functional.

    Securement of wetland ecosystems and associated habitat is the primary focus of this proposal, with the purpose of protecting current levels of waterfowl production. This will be achieved by land purchase (fee simple acquisition) and perpetual conservation easement. Enhancement of NAWCA-secured wetland ecosystems and associated upland is included in this proposal with the purpose of improving waterfowl production. Wetlands will be enhanced (restored) through collaboration with NAWMP partner DUC. Management increases waterfowl nesting success and increased brood survival, and this activity includes inspection (management plan ecological value standards, purchase), compliance monitoring (conservation easements), implementing actions (e.g. strategic grazing to improve range vigour) to increase ecological value, and to maintain management infrastructure (e.g. fencing, water systems, signs).

    The $1,109,724 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $1,109,724 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 1,239 new acres, with enhancement to occur on 210 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 78,560 habitat acres.


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

    Project: Potholes Plus Project (2015-2)
    Location: Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
    Grantee: Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
    Contact: Tim Sopuck
    Funding Partners: Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
    Approved: March 29, 2015
    NAWCA Grant: $500,000  
    U.S. Matching Funds: $250,000
    Canadian Matching Funds: $250,000
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    BCR: 11

    This proposal is the eighth NAWCA grant for which MHHC has been the grantee. The proposal focuses on restoring continental waterfowl populations by securing, enhancing and managing waterfowl breeding, moulting and staging habitat. The delivery context is defined under the PHJV and Manitoba NAWMP implementation plans, which are designed to ensure that high-quality habitats will remain in the PPR and will allow for the continued production of waterfowl in the prairies.

    Proposal work includes: 1) long- and medium-term (perpetual and ≥10-year) wetland and upland securement; 2) medium-term (≥10-year) wetland enhancement; and 3) short-term (<10-year) wetland and upland restoration and enhancement stewardship activities. These activities will be delivered through a combination of conservation easements and agreements. Most activity and funding in this proposal is directed to priority landscapes were waterfowl pair densities exceed 30 pairs/mi2 and the threat of habitat loss is significant. This proposal also targets an internationally recognized moulting and staging marsh, the Big Grass Marsh, for perpetual securement via donated conservation easement.

    The $500,000 in NAWCA grant funds together with the $500,000 in matching funds will be primarily expended in Key Program Areas (KPAs) of Manitoba. These funds will enable securement of approximately 16,670 new acres, the stewardship of approximately 1,520 acres, with enhancement to occur on 300 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 77,469 habitat acres.