Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland has announced that $95 million in funding has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, which will provide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to help conserve or restore more than 300,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, songbirds and other birds across North America – including Canada and Mexico.
$78 million in grants, made through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, will be matched by more than $116 million in partner funds. Among the programs is “Wetlands of Wyoming” in partnership with Ducks Unlimited.
The project includes fourteen tracts aimed at improving the quantity, quality, and availability of preferred habitats for the ducks, geese, swans, and other waterbirds that rely on Wyoming wetlands. Many wetlands in Wyoming are threatened by anthropogenic demands for water. Municipal, industrial, agricultural, and recreational uses are stressors to wildlife and habitat that depend on this lifeblood to survive.