"The California Waterfowl Association has applied for and received four grants through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act totaling over $3.5 million. These grants leveraged $57 million in partner funds, positively impacting 65,000 acres of habitat in the Central Valley. The Association's network of programs is only possible thanks to the many partners, donors, and volunteers who offer their assistance and support. Together, we are taking a stand for the future of waterfowl, wetlands, and hunting." - Becky Easter, California Waterfowl Association
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act program, an internationally recognized program that provides grants throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, is one of the key instruments for conservation of waterfowl and other migratory birds. Through voluntary grant partnerships, the program has protected and improved the health and integrity of the landscapes in which people reside and work in harmony with our fish and wildlife resources. Primarily, the grants act as catalysts in bringing partnerships together to support wetland projects and leverage non-Federal funding that fosters public and private sector cooperation for migratory bird conservation, flood control, erosion control, and water quality.
In FY 2003, North American Wetlands Conservation Act project proposals supported over 125 partnership wetlands conservation projects. Over 460 partners are participating in these projects which, when completed, will protect over 1.3 million acres and restore, enhance, or create over 380,000 acres of habitat. In FY 2004, the program is expected to fund approximately 95 projects that will protect, enhance, or restore over 1.1 million acres. As of April, 43 project proposals, together with over 190 diverse partners, have been approved. When completed, these approved projects will protect over 3 million acres and enhance, restore, or create about 190,000 acres of habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. Up from $37.5 million enacted in 2004, the 2005 budget request for the program is $54 million.