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  • 2007-1 NAWCA Proposals

     British Columbia (One Project)

    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,
    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: September 2006
    Grant: $540,000
    Matching Funds: $1,010,000
    Non-matching Funds: $1,200,000
    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 habitat program in the Coastal (PCJV) and Intermountain (CIJV) regions of British Columbia. All NAWCA-funded activities in BC are targeted at wetlands and associated uplands which combine high waterfowl values with a high threat of loss or degradation. Typically, these are found in estuaries, fertile valley-bottoms and low elevation native grassland zones. On the Coast, threats arise primarily from urban expansion and the conversion of forage crops to less-desireable foodstuffs. In the Intermountain, impacts derive more from ranching and forestry. For this project, the main objectives are securement of agricultural covenants (easements) in critical wintering habitats on the Vancouver Island East Coast (PCJV), and securement of productive breeding wetlands in key areas of the Cariboo-Chilcotin and Okanagan Priority Areas (CIJV). This will involve the securement of 490 acres and wetland and upland enhancement on 2,550 acres. An additional 182,295 acres will be managed. The partners received a $540,000 grant to accomplish their goals. Their contributions to the project amount to $1,010,000 in matching funds, and $1,200,000 in non-matching funds.

     Quebec (One Project)

    Project: NCC-Quebec: Protecting Wetland and Upland Habitat 2007-1.
    Location: Within the Province of Quebec's NAWMP delivery area, encompassing the St. Lawrence and Lake Champlain Valley and Appalachian/Nordic and Acadia ecoregions. Focal landscapes include St. Lawrence Valley, Quebec's Appalachian Range, the Gaspé Peninsula and the Laurentians.
    Grantee: The Nature Conservancy of Canada
    Contact: Joël Bonin, Director of Conservation, Quebec region, (514) 876-1606 ext. 224,
    Partners: USFWS, The Friends of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Inc. (United States), the Government of Québec, Environment Canada - Canadian Wildlife Service (Species at Risk Habitat Stewardship Program).
    Funding Approval: September, 2006
    Grant: USD $63,750.
    Matching Funds: USD $259,495.
    Nonmatching Funds: -
    Joint Venture Region: Eastern Habitat Joint Venture.
    Flyway: Atlantic
    BCR: 13 and 14

    The primary aim of this project is to consolidate critical wetland and wetland-associated upland habitats where land has successfully been conserved through previous NAWCA proposals made by NCC - Quebec. In order to support waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species within the target landscapes of the St. Lawrence River, the St. Lawrence Valley, Quebec's Appalachian Range, the Gaspé Peninsula, and the Laurentians, this project will also ensure the long-term management of areas protected through the NAWCA funds. This plan involves the securement and management of 314 acres comprising of 252 acres of wetland and 62 acres of associated upland habitats. Securement goals will be attained through 298 acres of land purchase and 16 acres of purchased or donated easements. Enhancement activities will be performed on 43 acres and will include wetland habitat restoration and site clean-up thereby improving habitat for wetland-dependent migratory species, species at risk, and other species of concern. A total of USD $63,750 grant funds were received to help accomplish these goals. Partner contributions to the project amount to USD $259,495 in matching funds.

     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., 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: Sept 2006.
    Grant: $854,250.
    Matching Funds: $1,323,250.
    Nonmatching Funds: $759,300.
    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 enhancement 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 $854,250 grant funds along with the partners' matching contributions of $1,323,250 and nonmatching funds of $759,300 to secure 3,057 acres, enhance 833 acres and manage 530,630 acres.

     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,
    Partners: Ducks Unlimited Inc., PEW Foundation; Government of Canada (Environment Canada - CWS), Provincial/Territorial Governments, Industry (ALPAC; Louisiana Pacific), First Nations, and other Canadian contributors.
    Approved: September, 2006.
    Grant: $3,942,000.
    Matching Funds: $4,922,000. Nonmatching Funds: $2,002,000.
    Joint Venture Region: Prairie Habitat Joint Venture.
    Flyway: Pacific, Central, Mississippi, Atlantic.
    BCR: 11 & 6.

    The Prairie-Western Boreal Region Habitat Program covers activities throughout the two most important waterfowl breeding, molting and staging wetland habitat areas on the continent - the Canadian Prairie/Aspen Parkland and the Western Boreal Forest. Ducks Unlimited Canada is employing a number of strategies to ensure the conservation of abundant, diverse wetland ecosystems and associated habitats that sustain or increase waterfowl populations and that of other wetland-associated species. Strategies include direct habitat intervention (securement, enhancement and management), extension (or stewardship), research, communication and policy influence. Direct securement applies a scientific planning tool that links habitat objectives to regional and continental population objectives. All direct habitat interventions are based on DUC's 5-year plan, which is comprised of twelve unique conservation plans for top priority areas, linked to specific waterfowl objectives. This project's $3,942,000 in grant funds, along with $4,922,000 in matching funds and $2,002,000 in nonmatching funds will be used to secure an estimated 20,280 acres, enhance 8,662 habitat acres and manage 3,270,352 acres of previously secured habitat lands throughout the Prairie-Western Boreal Region.