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Ducks Unlimited - South Carolina Wetland Conservation Projects - Louisiana Vanishing Coastal Wetlands

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Louisiana vanishing coastal wetlands 8 31-10 Louisiana vanishing coastal wetlands 8 31-10 Presentation Transcript

  • Ducks Unlimited Delivering Continental Conservation Our Vision A world of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.
  • Carolina Connection Sponsor initiative to raise $2.5 million by the end of 2010 to support our conservation efforts, in South Carolina and on the breeding grounds where our waterfowl originate. All DU sponsors – from Bronze to Wetlands Guardian levels – that commit to Carolina Connection will help us reach our goal.
  • South Carolina Conservation Program
    • Restoring wetland functions
    • 33 completed projects
    • 34,602 conserved acres
    • DU funds $1.5M
    • Partner funds $16.6M (over 11:1 match)
    • Continual evaluation of projects
  • Current Projects Lowcountry Initiative Santee Coastal Reserve Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center (5) ACE Basin NWR (3) Santee NWR (4) Botany Bay WMA Mottled Duck Research Project
  • Lowcountry Initiative Conservation Easements
    • 2009
      • 7 Easements
      • 3,200 Acres
    • 131 Total Easements
    • 119,853 Total Acres
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  • Santee NWR Bluff Unit Cuddo Unit Timber Island Fields Unit
  • ACE Basin NWR
  • Mottled Duck Research Project
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  • Louisiana’s Vanishing Coastal Wetlands: Trouble in Sportsman’s Paradise
  • Gulf Coast Oil Spill
  • Lesser Scaup Concentrations Redheads
  • www.ducks.org/oilspill
  • Goal of 15 million wintering waterfowl ( 22% ). Has lost 35% of coastal marsh (1.5 million acres) with annual loss of 16,000-25,000 acres. Loss of interior freshwater and intermediate coastal marsh to sea level and altered hydrology. Conserve 250,000 acres of foraging habitat on coastal prairie, slow or reverse coastal marsh loss ; restore processes that sustain wetlands. To date, DU has delivered 86,914 acres of enhanced, restored and protected habitat in the coastal zone of Louisiana. Gulf Coast Wetlands
  • Migration Chronology for LA Coastal Region
  • 1,500,000 acres are already lost Louisiana’s Coastline, Year 2050 Elevated / Developed Wetlands Land Creation Area Forest Marsh Area of Predicted Loss LAKE CHARLES LAFAYETTE BATON ROUGE HOUMA NEW ORLEANS LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN BRETON SOUND GRAND ISLE MORGAN CITY 59 10 10 12 ATCHAFALAYA BAY
  • By 2050 despite restoration efforts 1,100 additional square miles of Louisiana’s wetlands, an area the size of Rhode Island, will become open water. 1950-2000 2000-2050
  • Fundamental Causes of Coastal Wetland Loss in Louisiana
    • Altered Hydrology – Human Origin
      • Shipping and oil exploration canals
      • Main stem levee on Mississippi River
    • Alteration of natural processes
      • Increased rates of subsidence and erosion
      • Decreased rate of sediment accretion
      • Salt water intrusion kills salt intolerant marsh vegetation
  • Beach Erosion 1995 1968 1978 1988 2002
  • 04.29.2008 True Color Satellite Image
  • What is DU doing in Coastal Louisiana? Direct Delivery Public Policy Science
  • $15 million commitment ($14.1 million / 95%) A small step in the right direction
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  • Installation of Duck-Wing Terraces
  • Black Lake Terrace Field Design Over 27 miles of terraces!
  • Black Lake Area – 1953
  • Black Lake Terrace Field
  • Policy is Critical
    • The rates of loss are unprecedented.
    • DU cannot do enough direct delivery to meet our mission.
    • Policy is critical to restore balance to the system.
    • Science guides our decisions.
    • “ As long as the Mississippi River is flowing, there is hope”
  • Many competing interests with a stake in Coastal Louisiana
    • Navigation and commercial shipping
    • Commercial fishing industry
    • Commercial alligator industry
    • Oil and gas and related support industries
    • Agriculture – rice, cattle, sugar
    • Flood control
    • Recreational fishing and hunting, tourism
    ~1.5 million acres of essential waterfowl habitat is at risk!
    • The Bottom Line
    • It is time to give our best effort towards saving this river and coast.
    • Direct delivery , policy and our supporters combine to make DU uniquely positioned to succeed here.
    • We are working closely with Louisiana and the Federal Government to restore this national treasure.
    • We have a plan and a role to play.
  • DU offers a portfolio of investments in the waterfowl resource, these are our conservation programs. These programmatic investments pay dividends to the waterfowl resource. Gifts to DU are investments in the future of waterfowl.
  • Embracing the fierce urgency of now in order to leave a legacy
  • Life Sponsor $10,000 - $19,999 Diamond Life Sponsor $20,000 - $29,999 Sponsor in Perpetuity $30,000 - $39,999 Diamond Sponsor in Perpetuity $40,000 - $49,999 Heritage Sponsor $50,000 - $74,999 Diamond Heritage Sponsor $75,000 - $99,999 Benefactor Roll of Honor $100,000 - $249,999 Legacy Sponsor $250,000 - $499,999 Gold Legacy Sponsor $500,000 - $749,999 Platinum Legacy Sponsor $750,000 - $999,999 Diamond Legacy Sponsor $1,000,000 - $4,999,999 Conservation Pioneer $5,000,000 - $9,999,999 Waterfowl Patron $10,000,000 - $19,999,999 Wetlands Guardian $20,000,000+ Major Sponsor Commitment