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    NAWCC (Canada) Secretariat
    15th Floor, Place Vincent Massey
    351 St. Joseph Boulevard
    Gatineau, Quebec
    K1A OH3
    Phone (819) 934-6036
    Fax: (819) 934-6017
    NAWMP@ec.gc.ca
  • 2008-3 NAWCA Proposals

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

    Project: Canadian Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal 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 Canada, Agriculture Canada), Provincial/ Territorial Governments, Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, Saskatchewan Watershed Authority, Nature Conservancy of Canada, and other Canadian contributors.
    Approved: June 2008
    Grant: $14,444,421
    Matching Funds:$ 24,791,679
    Non-matching Funds: $6,600,000
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV)
    Flyway: Pacific, Central, Mississippi Atlantic
    BCR: 11 & 16

    Ducks Unlimited Canada's (DUC) Canadian Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Habitat Program will conserve wetlands and associated upland habitats throughout Canada's Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Forest to maximize benefits for breeding waterfowl and other associated migratory birds. This project is the next step in a long-term, multi-year commitment to achieve waterfowl population and habitat objectives of the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture (PHJV) under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP).

    DUC's wetland habitat programs continue to be built upon the continent's leading scientific knowledge and with exciting new partnerships. This proposal describes a new partnership between the Canadian federal government and Environmental Non-Government Organizations to conserve existing habitats and restore lost habitats most critical to Canadian wildlife. The Natural Areas Conservation (NAC) Program involves a federal government pledge of $225 million over five years and specifically earmarks DUC as one of the recipients. These new funds will be directed toward habitat securement, enhancement and management in DUC priority landscapes. Also new in this proposal is the Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI), a DUC program primarily funded by PEW Charitable Trusts. The CBI functions as a national convener for the conservation and sustainable development of Canada's boreal forest. The $14,444,421 in grant funds together with $24,791,679 in matching funds and $6,600,000 in non-matching funds will be primarily expended in the Canadian Prairie/Parkland. These funds will enable securement of approximately 74,004 new acres, enhancements to occur on 40,444 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 3,471,614 habitat acres.

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

    Project: 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 2008
    Grant: $2,811,051
    Matching Funds: $3,888,551
    Non-matching Funds: $2,807,000
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    Flyway: Atlantic, Mississippi and Central
    BCR: 7,8,12,13,14

    Conservation actions focus on the retention of the existing wetland habitat base and the restoration of altered/degraded wetland habitats. The intent of these activities is to elevate the waterfowl carrying capacity of the landscape. Conservation actions focus in priority waterfowl areas of the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture in the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. Priority species including black ducks, mallards, ring-necked ducks, and green-winged teal are primarily limited by duckling survival and the density of pairs settling in a landscape. As such, habitat restoration activities (Enhancement) focus primarily on actions that improve duckling survival and/or increase the attractiveness of landscapes to prospecting waterfowl pairs. The restoration program is essential to creating habitat conditions that will over time increase waterfowl populations to goal levels. The other main conservation focus is on the retention (securement) of critical high quality wetland and associated upland habitat. Securement actions focus on protection of high quality waterfowl habitats that are at substantial risk of loss or degradation and are essential to maintenance of current waterfowl population levels. This project is a continuance of a multi-year effort that benefits waterfowl in the Atlantic, Mississippi and to a lesser extent Central flyway. Conservation actions will also benefit a multitude of other wetland dependant species. Partners will invest $9,506,602 ($2,811,051 grant funds, $3,888,551 matching funds, and $2,807,000 non matching funds) to secure 3,040 acres, enhance 1,640 acres and manage 528,180 acres.

     British Columbia (One Project)

    Project: Conservation of Critical Wetlands and Associated Upland Habitats in British Columbia
    Location:British Columbia,Canada
    Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC).
    Contact:: Ducks Unlimited Inc., Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Ministry of Environment, BC Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, The Nature Trust of BC, The Land Conservancy of BC, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, various local governments, various other non-governmental organizations and partnerships, corporations, and private landowners.
    Funding Approval: June 2008
    Grant: $1,947,707
    Matching Funds: $3,062,707
    Nonmatching Funds: $1,300,000
    Joint Venture Region:Pacific Coast (PCJV) and Canadian Intermountain (CIJV) Joint Ventures
    Flyway: Pacific
    BCR: 5,9 and 10

    Conservation programs on the British Columbia coast will focus on estuaries and low elevation agricultural lands which provide food for migrating and overwintering waterfowl. Estuaries and soil-based farmland are also the most threatened habitats in the PCJV priority areas. Key acquisitions and covenants on agricultural lands with other NAWMP partners along with Crown designation of estuaries will be the securement emphasis. Enhancement efforts will target estuaries and habitat on farm lands to maximize the energetic value of these lands for waterfowl. In the Intermountain (CIJV), grassland and valley bottom wetlands within the Cariboo-Chilcotin landscape will be the focus. Programs to address key limiting factors such as pair and brood densities and nest success will be implemented. Working with private ranchers and the BC Ministry of Forests and Range to secure and retain rangeland wetlands will be the main activity of this project. The $1,947,707 in grant funds together with $3,062,707 in matching funds and $1,300,000 in non-matching funds will be primarily expended in the Fraser Delta, East Coast Vancouver Island, Okanagan and Cariboo-Chilcotin landscapes. These funds will enable securement of approximately 1,335 new acres, enhancements to occur on 2,500 recently secured habitat acres, and management of 188,336 habitat acres.

     Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec (One Multi-Province Project)

    Project: NCC Quebec & Atlantic: Protecting Wetland & Upland Habitat
    Location:Selected sites in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec
    Grantee: The Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: John Foley, Associate Regional Vice President, Atlantic Region, (506) 450-6010; Vincent Causse, Program and Conservation Coordinator, Quebec Region, (514) 876-1606 ext. 238
    PartnersFriends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Inc., Province of New Brunswick, Province of Nova Scotia, Quebec Government, Government of Canada -Environment Canada.
    Funding Approval: June 2008
    Grant: $500,000
    Matching Funds: $1,003,400
    Nonmatching Funds: $75,000
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture (EHJV)
    Flyway: Atlantic
    BCR: 8,12,13 and 14

    Escalating development and/or recreational pressures on wetlands and associated upland in Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick reinforce the need to protect and manage priority habitat critical to waterfowl and other wetland-dependant wildlife. This inter-provincial project builds on previously approved NAWCA grant agreements in Quebec and Atlantic Canada and emphasizes the long-term securement of freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, protected estuaries, pristine inshore islands, tidal mudflats, rocky shores, sandy beaches, shallow bays, and intact dune systems, to prohibit future degradation/fragmentation of critical habitat. Entire intact systems will be secured to conserve critical buffers surrounding these systems, and ensure the protection of wintering, molting, breeding and staging areas for many bird species including tens of thousands of waterfowl, specifically American black duck, Canada geese, greater snow-geese, green-winged teal, Barrow's goldeneye, red-breasted merganser, common eider and the harlequin duck. Other migratory species to benefit include the semi-palmated plover, great-blue heron, piping plover and black-crowned night. The project will also benefit the yellow rail and peregrine falcon, and rare plant species such as the thread-leaved sundew and Saint Lawrence Aster. This project will use the $500,000 of grant funds, $1,003,400 in matching funds and $75,000 in non-matching funds to secure 1,300 acres through acquisitions, land donations and perpetual conservation easements. Management activities will occur on 9,400 acres.

    The objectives of this project contribute indirectly to those of the Black Duck Joint Venture, the Arctic Goose Joint Venture, the Atlantic Canada Shorebird Conservation Plan, the Sea Duck Joint Venture and the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture, as well as US Joint Ventures that share the Atlantic Flyway by conserving the venture's target habitats and species. The project also builds upon the goals of the EHJV 5 year Implementation Plan and is linked to the Partners In Flight Canada-Land Bird Conservation program, the Saint Lawrence Vision 2000 plan and The Nature Conservancy's Gulf of Maine project and The Nature Conservancy -Vermont's efforts to conserve critical wetlands and other at risk fauna, in the US section of Lake Champlain.