Ducks Unlimited and Federal Partners Receive Wildlife Conservation Society Adaptation Grant

Ducks Unlimited (DU) will be helping habitat in southern Illinois and Indiana combat climate change with a $250k grant award from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Adaptation Fund, a program made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
 
The grant will allow DU to implement adaptive conservation strategies to counter the effects of climate change on bottomland hardwood habitats within the Central Hardwoods Region of Southern Illinois and Southwest Indiana. The grant pays for the restoration, enhancement and improvement of 1,225 acres of bottomland forest and wetland habitat. The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be DU's partners.
 
The project's goal: Make wet bottomland hardwood forests along rivers more resilient to flooding that is expected to increase in frequency, depth and duration because of climate change. Of concern to DU is the future of pin oaks, swamp white oaks, pecans and other nut-producing trees that grow in the floodplain, which are important food sources to migrating waterfowl.
 
DU is also paying attention to potential changes in waterfowl migration patterns that may result in ducks wintering farther north, which would place a greater need on the conservation of bottomland hardwood habitat within the Central Hardwood Region. You can find more information about other funded projects here
 
The projects were developed in a Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices training in 2015 as part of the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework.