IL Waterfowl Habitat Projects Approved by Duck Stamp

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WATERFOWL HABITAT PROJECTS APPROVED BY DUCK STAMP COMMITTEE

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Seven waterfowl habitat improvement projects have been approved for funding this year by the State Duck Stamp Committee, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Brent Manning announced today.

"The quality of these projects, funded from revenues generated by the sale of state waterfowl stamps, proves once again that the money hunters are investing in their sport is being put right back into improving waterfowl habitat," Manning said.

The stamps, which cost $10, are affixed to state hunting licenses and are required of all hunters age 16 or older who take or attempt to take waterfowl in Illinois, except for those specifically exempt. Funds collected from the sale of waterfowl stamps must be used exclusively for acquisition and development of waterfowl habitat.

Since the inception of the State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp program in 1976, nearly $9 million has been used to develop and improve waterfowl propagation areas in the United States and Canada.

Habitat project recommendations are made to Director Manning by the six-member State Duck Stamp Committee. The projects recommended for funding this year include:

• Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area (Jefferson County), $80,000 to purchase four pump units for the Casey Fork and Big Muddy Units, and $118,822 to create a wetland area of approximately 55 acres.

• Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area (Moultrie County), $111,500 to purchase a pump and drive motor at the North Dunn Refuge and $82,000 to purchase a pump and drive motor at the Fish Hook Waterfowl Area.


The State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Fund statute was amended in 1990 to require that 25 percent of funds derived from the sale of state waterfowl stamps be turned over to appropriate non-profit organizations for use in implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. In addition, the statute requires that 25 percent of funds from waterfowl stamp sales be used for development of waterfowl propagation areas within Canada or the U.S. that specifically provide waterfowl for the Mississippi Flyway. To date, all of these funds have been contributed to approved projects in Canada, including the following projects approved for this year:

• Ducks Unlimited, Inc., $130,000 to support the Prairie CARE Project. This project will develop, preserve, restore and manage upland and wetland habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife at the Allan Tiger Minichinas Hills Key Program Area (Prince Albert, Fish Creek, Dana Hills East and Brockington Landscapes) in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Prairie CARE program elements include intensive wildlife management, modified agricultural use, agricultural extension, and conservation demonstrations of wildlife- friendly cropping practices. A total of 4,045 acres will be secured, 4,450 acres enhanced and 3,500 acres managed with Duck Stamp funds. An additional $445,356 in matching funds from DU Inc., North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), Government of Canada and other Canadian contributions will also be invested in the project.

• Ducks Unlimited, Inc., $130,000 to support the Prairie CARE Project in the Quill Lakes Key Program Area (Touchwood, Beaver Hills, Ponass, Jansen S., Conjuring Creek and Salkelds landscapes) in Saskatchewan, Canada. A total of 4,706 acres will be secured, 4,355 acres enhanced and restored, and 5,500 acres managed with Duck Stamp funds, along with $450,000 in matching funds from DU Inc., NAWCA and other Canadian contributions.

• Delta Waterfowl Foundation, $40,000 for their Perpetual Conservation Easement program, which will be used to permanently protect approximately 410 acres in Manitoba, Canada. Delta Waterfowl Foundation will secure $100,000 in private donations and leverage an additional $200,000 in NAWCA funds for expansion of these projects.

"All of the areas targeted by Ducks Unlimited in Saskatchewan and Delta Waterfowl Foundation in Manitoba are important breeding and production areas for ducks that migrate through Illinois," Manning said.

Groups or individuals interested in being considered for future State Migratory Waterfowl Stamp projects may obtain applications from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Resource Conservation-Federal Aid/Special Funds Section, One Natural
Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271, phone 217/782-2602, e-mail address: specialfunds@dnrmail.state.il.us.

Completed applications must be received no later than Oct. 31, 2002, to be considered for funding in 2003. Applications must be accompanied by maps or aerial photos of the proposed project area, projected costs and other information as requested.
 



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Every person that you talk to around here complains about the fee for the state stamp but atleastit goes to something worth while.  Thanks for the info Jesse, you just made my argument a lot easier.   Jim
 


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