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    NAWCC (Canada) Secretariat
    15th Floor, Place Vincent Massey
    351 St. Joseph Boulevard
    Gatineau, Quebec
    K1A OH3
    Phone (819) 934-6036
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  • 2007-3 NAWCA Proposals

     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 2007
    Grant: $1,321,250
    Matching Funds: $2,336,250
    Non-matching Funds: $1,400,000
    Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast (PCJV) and Canadian Intermountain (CIJV)
    Flyway: Pacific
    BCR: 5, 9 and 10

    Under this proposal, DUC will continue its long-term program to conserve the highest priority wetlands and associated uplands in the Coastal (PCJV) and Intermountain (CIJV) regions of British Columbia. NAWCA-funded activities will focus on at-risk wetlands which are important to waterfowl and other water-associated birds. Along the coast, these habitats tend to fall within estuaries and fertile valley-bottoms such as the Fraser Delta; in the interior, they are typically found in low-elevation grassland areas. The effectiveness of conservation activities will be evaluated using scientific methods. For the 2007.3 funding window, the main objectives are securement of critical wintering habitats through purchase of agricultural properties in the Fraser Delta (PCJV), and securement of breeding wetlands through conservation covenants (easements) and other landowner agreements in the Cariboo-Chilcotin and Okanagan Priority Areas (CIJV). This will involve the securement of 935 acres and wetland and upland improvements on 3,250 acres. An additional 182,295 acres will be managed. The partners received a $1,321,250 grant to accomplish their goals. Their contributions to the project amount to $2,336,250 in matching funds and $1,400,000 in non-matching funds.

    Project: CIJV and PCJV Wetland-Associated Migratory Bird Habitat Conservation
    Location: British Columbia, Canada, focusing on the Campbell River Estuary, Central Coast, Okanagan and Cariboo-Chilcotin regions.
    Grantee: The Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Jan Garnett, Regional Vice President for British Columbia, 1 (250) 479-3191 Ext. 222
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc.
    Approved: June 2007
    Grant: $550,000
    Matching Funds: $1,180,000
    Non-matching Funds: -
    Joint Venture Region: Pacific Coast (PCJV) and Canadian Intermountain (CIJV)Joint Ventures
    Flyway: Pacific
    BCR: 5, 9 and 10

    NCC's work under this proposal is guided by the results of its ecoregional planning and by the priorities identified by the PCJV and CIJV partners, through the PCJV Strategic Plan and the BC Estuary Ranking Project. Efforts will focus on British Columbia's coastal areas, that support millions of waterfowl and other species, the Okanagan ecoregion in south-central British Columbia, which contains a variety of landscapes including large lakes, open pine forests, low-elevation grasslands and rich valley-bottoms and supports some of the greatest diversity and largest numbers of breeding bird species in the province, and the Central Interior (or Cariboo-Chilcotin), where many wetlands occur within the grasslands, forests and alpine meadows. The $550,000 in grant funds and $1,180,000 in matching funds will be used to secure 179 acres of key wetlands and associated uplands through outright acquisition (purchase and/or donation) and fund enhancement activities on 150 acres, including riparian fence construction and grazing management. Additionally, on the 1,865 acres secured under this and previous proposals, NCC will conduct management work to monitor and maintain the benefits of these lands for wildlife.

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

    Project: Prairie-Western Boreal Region Wetland 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 (DUC).
    Contact: Brett Calverley, (780) 930-1244, b_calverley@ducks.ca
    Partners: : Ducks Unlimited Inc. (includes other agencies, industries and foundations), Government of Canada (Environment - Canadian Wildlife Service), Provincial/ Territorial Governments, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and other Canadian contributors.
    Funding Approval: June 2007
    Grant: $10,839,938
    Matching Funds: $13,641,938
    Nonmatching Funds: $4,500,000
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    Flyway: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic
    BCR: 11 & 6

    The Prairie-Western Boreal Habitat Program will direct conservation actions in the two most important geographic priorities for North America's breeding waterfowl: the Canadian Prairie/Parkland and the Western Boreal Forest. Habitat conditions, breeding waterfowl numbers and conservation successes in these regions strongly influence the entire continent's fall flight each year. The project aims to deliver the greatest possible benefit outcomes for breeding waterfowl and other wetland-associated birds and wildlife by balancing costs with regional and local potential for duck production gains. Adding to this efficiency drive is recent enhancements to DUC's internal tracking systems to permit clearer and timelier reporting of progress on many project fronts. First priority is the Canadian Prairie/Aspen Parkland, often home to almost half of the continent's duck breeding population (46% of estimate within the traditional survey area in 2006). Project activities are focused into high-density duck breeding areas or target areas, of which a subset of 12 priority areas will receive short-term emphasis. Projects in priority areas will achieve a combination of wetland and upland habitat protection and enhancement (or restoration, especially small wetlands) as dictated by local risks and needs, and opportunities. In this window, an estimated 57,406 new securement acres will be added and 49,048 habitat acres enhanced. The scientifically-based Waterfowl Productivity Model and Pintail Productivity Model will continue to measure conservation action and other changes as gains in duck productivity. Gains are calculable at multiple scales, ranging from target areas through the entire Canadian Prairie/Parkland portion of the PHJV. Project activities in the vast Western Boreal Forest continue to focus on locating and assessing major wetland systems within target areas. Habitat protection is most effectively achieved in this region through partner-based information support toward a northern Protected Areas Strategy. Management of 3,338,557 acres of previously secured habitat lands throughout the Prairie-Western Boreal Region remains an ongoing responsibility and priority.

     Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta (Two Multi-Province Projects)

    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: Mike Moore, Regional Vice-President, Manitoba, 1 (204) 942-4511; Lyle Saigeon, Regional Vice-President, Saskatchewan, 1 (866) 622-7275; Larry Simpson, Regional Vice-President, Alberta, 1 (403) 262-1951
    Partners: Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc., Environment Canada, Province of Saskatchewan, Province of Manitoba
    Funding Approved: June 2007
    Grant: $1,950,000
    Matching Funds: $3,257,000
    Nonmatching Funds: -
    Joint Venture Region: Praire Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    Flyway: Mississippi, Central
    BCR: 11

    Landscapes of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta continue to be threatened by wetland loss and degradation in addition to the fragmentation and cultivation of remaining native upland habitat. This multi-year Project is designed to ensure long term habitat conservation for private lands important to prairie waterfowl, including Northern pintail, as well as shorebirds, landbirds and waterbirds. The $1,950,000 in grant funds and $3,257,000 in matching funds will be allotted to the securement, enhancement and management of waterfowl habitat in the aspen parkland, mixed grassland and Cypress Uplands ecoregions. Securement of 13,900 acres of key wetlands and associated uplands will occur through outright purchase and/or donation and via conservation easements. Enhancement activities on 3,620 acres will include fencing, grass seeding, water supply and wetland restoration. Additionally, on 132,800 acres secured under this and previous proposals, NCC will conduct management work to maintain the carrying capacity of these lands for waterfowl and wetland-associated migratory birds and other wildlife.

    Project: Potholes Plus Project
    Location: The Prairie Habitat Joint Venture area of southwestern Manitoba and one NAWMP landscape each of Saskatchewan and Alberta.
    Grantee: The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
    Contact: Lorne Colpitts, Chief Executive Officer, MHHC, 1-204-784-4355, lcolpitt@mhhc.mb.ca
    Partners:Delta Waterfowl Foundation, Environment Canada, Turtle Mountain Conservation District, numerous provincial and local agricultural and conservation agencies and organizations.
    Funding Approved: June 2007
    Grant: $500,000
    Matching Funds: $1,005,000
    Nonmatching Funds: $400,000
    Joint Venture Region: Praire Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    Flyway: Mississippi, Central
    BCR: 11

    This is an ongoing PHJV program that focuses on long-term securement of wetland and associated uplands habitats that are of high priority for waterfowl as well as other wetland associated migratory birds. The landscapes of interest are primarily agricultural lands that are privately owned. A total of 6,680 acres of perpetual conservation easements will be acquired under this proposal, including 1,795 wetland acres. NAWCA grant funds will be applied primarily to this activity. Targeting is informed by PHJV spatial estimates of waterfowl productivity contained in the most recent PHJV implementation plan. At least 16 waterfowl species use the target habitats as well as over 200 species of waterbirds, shorebirds and landbirds. As a complement to the long-term securement activities, a stewardship program, called the Alternate Land Use Services initiative will be delivered as a pilot project in high priority landscapes. It will demonstrate a new approach to the conservation and restoration of wetland and associated habitats, based on the Ecological Goods and Services concept. Approximately 35,300 acres of existing project lands will also be managed under this project.

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

    Project: Ducks Unlimited Canada/Eastern Habitat Joint Venture Wetlands Conservation
    Location: Coastal and inland key program areas in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada.
    Contact: Mr. Allan Beaudry, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Oak Hammock Marsh, P.O. Box 1160, Stonewall, Manitoba, R0C 2Z0: Phone (204) 467-3201; Fax (204) 467-9426
    Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Canadian Wildlife Service, six eastern Provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario), Iron Ore Company of Canada, Quebec Wildlife foundation and Private landowners.
    Approved: June 2007
    Grant: $2,246,149
    Matching Funds: $3,114,149
    Nonmatching Funds: $2,355,100
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture.
    Flyway: Atlantic, Mississippi and Central
    BCR: 7,8,12,13,14

    Conservation programs will focus in the highest priority areas for waterfowl in the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario). Conservation activities have 2 primary focuses: 1) restoration (enhancement) of degraded wetlands, and 2) retention (securement) of high quality wetland and associated upland habitat. Wetland enhancement is a critical action to increase waterfowl populations as it will result in increased ducking survival and increased density of pairs nesting in an area. Habitat securement is essential to sustaining current waterfowl populations as it protect habitats that are at substantial risk of loss or degradation; it is undertaken to offset past losses and future risks. This project is a continuance of a multi-year effort that benefits waterfowl in the Atlantic, Mississippi and to a lesser extent Central flyway. These conservation actions will also benefit a multitude of other wetland dependant species. Partners will invest $7,715,398 ($2,246,149 grant funds, $3,114,149 matching funds, and $2,355,100 non matching funds) to secure 3,410 acres, enhance 2,532 acres and manage 522,926 acres.

     Quebec (One Project)

    Project: Protecting Wetland and Upland Habitat
    Location: Quebec's key NAWMP delivery areas, including the St. Lawrence River, the St. Lawrence Valley, Quebec's Appalachian Range, the Gaspé Peninsula and the Laurentians
    Grantee: The Nature Conservancy of Canada .
    Contact: Vincent Causse, Project Manager - Québec region 1 (514) 876-1606 ext. 238
    Partners: The Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Inc., Government of Québec, Government of Canada
    Approved: June 2007
    Grant: $250,000
    Matching Funds: $550,000
    Nonmatching Funds: -
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV).
    Flyway: Atlantic
    BCR: 13 & 14

    The primary objective of this project is to secure new land and consolidate critical wetland and associated upland habitat where lands have been successfully conserved through previous projects. This project will also ensure the long-term management of focus areas that benefit waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species. Grant funds of $250,000 and matching funds of $550,000 will focus on securing wetland, upland and insular habitat near Lake Champlain, the Ottawa River Valley, the foothills of the Green Mountains and White Mountains in the Appalachians, and south of Mont Tremblant in the Lower Laurentians. Additional wetland, associated upland and coastal habitats located in the Barachois de la Malbaie region will also be protected. In total, this project will result in the securement of 860 acres, and management of 1,500 acres.

     New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: Coastal Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Project
    Location: Selected sites in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island
    Grantee: The Nature Conservancy of Canada .
    Contact: John Foley, Director of Land Conservation, Atlantic Region, 1 (506) 450-6010
    Partners: The Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Inc., Province of New Brunswick, Province of Prince Edward Island, Government of Canada - Environment Canada, Nature Trust of New Brunswick and Island Nature Trust.
    Approved: June 2007
    Grant: $300,000
    Matching Funds: $425,000
    Nonmatching Funds: $75,000
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV).
    Flyway: Atlantic
    BCR: 14

    Rapidly increasing residential and recreational development in coastal areas of the Maritime Provinces creates an urgent need to protect and conserve coastal habitat. 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. A landscape approach will ensure securement of a variety of habitat types essential for wintering, molting, breeding, and staging for many bird species, including tens of thousands of waterfowl. The target areas contain numerous species at risk; avifauna, such as the endangered piping plover; rare flora, such as the Gulf of St. Lawrence Aster, and marine wildlife, including the Atlantic salmon, that will directly benefit from habitat conservation. The populations affected by securement of coastal habitat in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will support the activities of the Black Duck Joint Venture, the Atlantic Canada Shorebird Conservation Plan and the Sea Duck Joint Venture. This project will use the $300,000 of grant funds, $425,000 in matching funds and $75,000 in non-matching funds to secure 1,500 acres through acquisitions, land donations and perpetual conservation easements. Management activities will occur on 1,500 acres.