May 24th, 2016
NAWCA provides grants that support long-term protection of wetland habitats in the United States, Mexico, and Canada that are critical to the survival of waterfowl and other migratory bird species. These projects, developed by private landowners and organizations at the community level, benefit continental mallards, pintails, and other waterfowl species, which in turn support the millions of Americans who depend on these species for hunting and birding.
Since its inception, NAWCA has provided nearly $1.4 billion in grants to support 2,553 projects across the continent.
NAWCA requires that all grant requests are matched by partner contributions at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio. These matching funds have contributed another $2.9 billion affecting more than 30 million acres of prime wetland habitat.
Conserving wetlands benefits more than just waterfowl and other migratory bird species — the effects are felt by people too! As wetlands are protected and restored, they can continue to provide essential ecosystem services like improving flood control, reducing coastal erosion, enhancing water and air quality, and recharging groundwater.
Please urge Congress to support the reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act at $75 million and allocate $47.6 million for FY17 to ensure continued protection for wetlands and the migratory birds and other wildlife they support.
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