NOAA today announced it is recommending funding for 10 new projects through the 2017 Community-based Restoration Program Coastal and Marine Habitat Restoration Grants competition. These projects will restore roughly 1,400 acres of habitat. In addition to the 10 new projects funded this year, eleven projects initiated in 2016 will receive $5 million to continue planned restoration activities, including transitioning some projects from design phase to construction. One of those projects involves Ducks Unlimited’s work at Ocean Ranch, which has long served as an essential refueling site for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl along the Pacific Flyway as well as home for large numbers of overwintering and resident species..
Ocean Ranch Restoration Project ($125,000): This project, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, will restore estuarine and coastal dune habitat in more than 800 acres of the Eel River estuary in California for the recovery of Endangered Species Act-listed steelhead, coho, and Chinook salmon. This will reestablish a healthy ecosystem, increase resilience to storm events and sea level rise, and provide habitat for juvenile migratory fish and wildlife. The project will also enhance populations for 14 managed species.
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