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    351 St. Joseph Boulevard
    Gatineau, Quebec
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  • 2006-3 NAWCA Proposals

     Alberta and Saskatchewan (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: Prairie Canada Wetlands and Uplands.
    Location: Canadian prairie and aspen parkland landscapes of the Alberta and Saskatchewan portion of Bird Conservation Region #11 (BCR 11)and the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV).
    Grantee: The Nature Conservancy of Canada.
    Contact: Lyle Saigeon, Regional Vice-President, Saskatchewan 1-866-622-7275 or 306-347-0447.
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc., Environment Canada and Saskatchewan Environment.
    Approved: June 2006 (projected).
    Grant: $1,508,436.
    Matching Funds: $2,578,436.
    Nonmatching Funds: -
    Joint Venture Region: PHJV.
    BCR: 11.
    The grasslands and aspen parklands of Alberta and Saskatchewan are threatened by wetland loss and degradation plus fragmentation and cultivation of remaining native upland habitat. This multi-year Project is designed to provide long term habitat conservation for private lands important to prairie waterfowl, including northern pintail as well as shorebirds, waterbirds and wetland-associated landbirds. Conservation will focus on long term securement of wetland and native upland complexes through a combination of easements, land purchase and land donation. The science-based work follows the PHJV Strategic Plan, provincial NAWMP Implementation Plans and BCR #11 Regional Bird Conservation Plans for wetland-associated species. Program delivery will be specifically targeted at wetland and native upland habitat in landscapes where the estimated number of total breeding ducks is at least 30 pairs per square mile and/or the estimated number of northern pintail is at least 6 breeding pairs per square mile. This project will use the$1,508,436 of grant funds and $2,578,436 matching funds for a number of activities. It will result in the securement of 14,800 acres, through acquisition and perpetual conservation easement. Enhancement, consisting of fencing, conversion of cropland to grassland, water supply provision and restoration of wetlands, will occur on 3,600 acres. Approximately 104,100 acres will be subject to management activities.

     British Columbia (Two Projects)
    Project: Conservation of Critical Wetlands and Associated Upland Habitats in British Columbia.
    Location: British Columbia, Canada.
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada.
    Contact: Allan Beaudry, Group Manager Finance and Administration, (204) 467-3000, a_beaudry@ducks.ca.
    Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Canadian Wildlife Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, various other federal government departments, BC Ministry of Environment, BC Habitat Conservation Trust, various other provincial government departments, various local governments, various other non-governmental organizations and partnerships, corporations, and private landowners.
    Approved:June 2006 (projected).
    Grant: $1,527,231.
    Matching Funds: $2,569,231.
    Nonmatching Funds: $1,700,000.
    Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast (PCJV) and Canadian Intermountain (CIJV).
    Flyway: Pacific.
    BCR: 5, 9 and 10.

    This project supports Ducks Unlimited Canada's long-term programmatic approach to conserving high priority wetlands and associated upland habitats in the Coastal (PCJV) and Intermountain (CIJV) regions of British Columbia. More than 10 million migrating, 1.6 million breeding and 1.0 million wintering waterfowl utilize these regions, but their habitats are under pressure: Estuaries are increasingly threatened by development, and in the Fraser Delta, all of the upper tidal marshes have been dyked and converted to agricultural fields, and more than 75% of the freshwater wetlands have been lost. Furthermore, many of the forage croplands important to waterfowl are being rapidly converted to greenhouses, berry crops or residential areas. In the Intermountain, waterfowl habitats continue to be lost and degraded by urban expansion, intensive agriculture, ranching, and forestry. This project is targeted at areas which are the most threatened and important for waterfowl. The main objectives are securement of agricultural habitat in the Fraser River Delta (PCJV), securement and restoration of wetland complexes and promoting stewardship in key areas of the Cariboo-Chilcotin (CIJV), and acquisition and restoration of key Class 1 wetland habitats in the Okanagan Valley (CIJV). This will involve the securement of 1,420 acres and wetland and upland improvements on 1,975 acres. An additional 175,783 acres will be managed. A total of $1,527,231 grant funds were received to help accomplish the goals. Partner contributions to the project amount to $2,569,231 in matching funds and $1,700,000 in nonmatching funds.

    Project: CIJV and PCJV Wetland-Associated Migratory Bird Habitat Conservation.
    Location: British Columbia, Canada, focusing on the Elk Valley and Upper Columbia River Valley, and the BC Central Coast.
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada.
    Contact: Jan Garnett, 250-479-3191, jan.garnett@natureconservancy.ca.
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc.
    Approved: June 2006 (projected).
    Grant: $296,612.
    Matching Funds: $673,388.
    Nonmatching Funds: -
    Joint Venture Region: Canadian Intermountain and Pacific Coast.
    BCR: 5, 9 and 10.
    Flyway: Pacific.

    The $29,612 in grant funds and $673,388 in matching funds will be used for projects in key migratory bird habitats in British Columbia. Under this project, 181 acres of key wetlands and associated uplands will be protected through outright acquisition (purchase and/or donation). Enhancement activities on 154 acres will include seeding, cultivation and irrigation, enhancing food supplies for wintering and migrating waterfowl, improving soil organics, restoring native vegetation, controlling invasive species, and fencing livestock access to watercourses to protect sensitive wetland and riparian habitats. Activities may be performed in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada and other JV partners and partner government agencies. Also, on 6,498 acres secured under this and previous proposals, NCC will design appropriate site management plans in collaboration with local and provincial partners, reduce livestock grazing intensity as required for wetland and adjacent upland conservation, provide improvements to soil in migration and foraging habitats, and monitor for effectiveness and compliance of conservation goals and terms.

     British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon Territory, and Northwest Territories (One Multi-Province Project)
    Project: Prairie-Western Boreal Region Habitat Program.
    Location: Canadian Prairie, Aspen Parkland (including Peace Parkland) and Western Boreal Forest Regions of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories.
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada.
    Contact: Brett Calverley, (780) 930-1244, b_calverley@ducks.ca.
    Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Cargill Foundation, Syngenta, Government of Canada (Environment Canada - CWS), Provincial/Territorial Governments, Industry (ALPAC; Louisiana Pacific), First Nations, and other Canadian contributors.
    Approved: June, 2006 (projected).
    Grant: $11,505,693.
    Matching Funds: $14,650,693.
    Nonmatching Funds: $6,385,000.
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture.
    Flyway: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic.
    BCR: 11 & 6.

    The Prairie-Western Boreal Region Habitat Program unites previous Ducks Unlimited Canada Habitat Programs from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, plus the Western Boreal Forest. This single Program will more efficiently coordinate actions and expected benefits throughout the two most important waterfowl breeding, moulting and staging wetland habitat areas on the continent - the Canadian Prairie/Aspen Parkland and the Western Boreal Forest. Despite size and remoteness of parts of this region, wetland complexes and dependent waterfowl face persistent threat by agricultural, forestry and energy development pressures. Ducks Unlimited Canada is responding to such pressures by innovative and cost-appropriate means to prevent and minimize impacts to intact habitat, and to restore habitat previously lost. This is achieved through a strategic mix of direct securement (acquisition, conservation easements and conservation agreements), extension, research, and government/industry relations. Direct securement now applies a scientific planning tool that links habitat objectives to regional and continental population objectives. The $11,505,693 in grant funds, along with $14,650,693 in matching funds and $6,385,000 in nonmatching funds will be used for projects within twelve (12) prairie/aspen parkland priority habitat areas, which will deliver the bulk of significant, concrete contributions to NAWMP over the next 5 years. An estimated 61,956 new securement acres will be added and 26,462 habitat acres enhanced in this project window. Management of 3,227,949 acres of previously secured habitat lands throughout the Prairie-Western Boreal Region is also included.

     Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (One Multi-Province Project)
    Project: Maritimes Wetland Securement Project.
    Location: Habitats found on the Northumberland Strait, Bay of Fundy and the Acadian Peninsula in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
    Grantee: Nature Conservancy of Canada.
    Contact: Thea Silver, National Director, Conservation Programs and Support Services 1-800-465-0029, thea.silver@natureconservancy.ca.
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Inc., Government of Canada - Environment Canada and Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and PEI. Fund>ing Approved: June 2006 (projected).
    Grant: $258,814.
    Matching Funds: $338,814.
    Nonmatching Funds: $95,000.
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture.
    Flyway: Atlantic.
    BCR: 8 and 14.

    This inter-provincial proposal emphasizes the securement and management of coastal habitats that are critical to maintaining and increasing waterfowl populations and other wetland dependant wildlife. NCC has targeted six general areas of focus that are recognized as biologically significant by the EHJV partners in all three provinces, by the three provincial governments and by national and international agencies. The $258,814 in grant funds, $338,814 in match funds and $95,000 in nonmatching funds will be used in these focal areas. The Bay of Fundy contains four Ramsar sites, a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve site and 11 Important Bird Areas (IBAs). The Northumberland Strait contains nine IBAs and the Acadian Peninsula contains six IBAs. Prince Edward Island's North Shore has a wetland of international importance and Nova Scotia's Coastal Plain and Eastern Shore have eight IBAs and a Ramsar site. The activities in this proposal will build on these established protected areas. Under this project, NCC will secure 500 acres of wetland and associated upland through fee simple acquisitions and land donations. Management activities will occur on 700 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 Wetland Conservation.
    Location: Coastal and inland key program areas in the Provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada.
    Contact: Mr. Allan Beaudry, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Oak Hammock Marsh, P.O. Box 1160, Stonewall, Manitoba, R0C 2Z0; Phone No.: (204) 467-3201; Fax No.: (204) 467-9426.
    Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Lafarge North America, Canadian Wildlife Service, six eastern Provinces (Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador), New Brunswick Nature Trust, Iron Ore Company of Canada, Quebec Wildlife Foundation and private landowners.
    Funding Approved: June 2006 (projected).
    Grant: $2,531,068.
    Matching Funds: $3,325,068.
    Nonmatching Funds: $1,366,435.
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture.
    Flyway: Atlantic and Mississippi.
    BCR: 7, 8, 12, 13 and 14.

    This project focuses on key areas that are the breeding, staging, migration and over-wintering habitat for waterfowl using the Atlantic, Mississippi and to a lesser extent, the Central Flyways. The Program is focused on the NAWMP priority areas - Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence (GLSL) in Ontario, the Saint Lawrence Lowlands and estuary in Quebec, the agricultural and coastal plain in Atlantic Canada, as well as the Boreal Forest throughout all jurisdictions. Program planning and delivery will be centered on wetland habitats in areas of most value to waterfowl to ensure that securement and restoration activities are both effective and efficient in maintaining and increasing breeding waterfowl populations. Programs are based on sound science generated through a series of studies at the project and landscape scales. Programs are coordinated on a provincial basis and are aligned with provincial policy and legislative frameworks. Programs and activities will be delivered through comprehensive partnerships which are also oriented to provincial jurisdictions recognizing the unique social, political and economic circumstances that affect the status and future state of the environment and specifically wetland and waterfowl habitat. Partners in this proposal will use the $2,531,068 grant funds along with the partners'matching contributions of $3,325,068 and nonmatching funds of $1,366,435 to secure 6,973 acres, enhance 2,808 acres and manage 514,313 acres.
     QUÉBEC (One Project)
    Project: Protecting Wetland and Upland Habitat.
    Location: Quebec's key NAWMP delivery areas, including the Saint Lawrence and Lac Champlain Valley and Appalachian/Nordic and Acadia ecoregions.
    Grantee: The Nature Conservancy of Canada.
    Contact: Thea Silver, National Director, Conservation Programs and Support Services, 1-800- 465-0029, thea.silver@natureconservancy.ca.
    Partners: The Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Inc., Government of Québec, Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service (Species at Risk Habitat Stewardship Program).
    Funding Approved: June 2006 (projected).
    Grant: $223,280.
    Matching Funds: $379,280.
    Nonmatching Funds: -
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture.
    Flyway: Atlantic.
    BCRs: 13 & 14.

    The primary objective of this project is to consolidate critical wetland and associated upland habitat where lands have been successfully conserved through previous projects, and to ensure the long-term management of focus areas that benefit waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species. Grant funds of $223,280 and matching funds of $379,280 will be used for projects in the focus areas of the Saint Lawrence and Lac Champlain Valley and Appalachian/Nordic and Acadia ecoregions. This project will result in the securement of 1,311 acres. 75 acres will be enhanced, and 1,311 acres will be managed.


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