Ducks Unlimited nets $50K Wells Fargo grant for Texas conservation

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Ducks Unlimited has received a grant from Wells Fargo to support wetlands conservation along the Texas coast.

The $50,000 grant is part of a $3 million Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant program, which awarded grants to 64 nonprofits nationwide to help support land and water conservation, energy efficiency, infrastructure and educational outreach.

The grant will support DU’s efforts to restore and protect wetlands along the Texas coast, one of the most important waterfowl wintering areas. DU will use a portion of the grant to improve managed wetland habitat on private lands through the Texas Prairie Wetlands Project. The  program has helped landowners enhance and manage more than 60,000 acres of coastal prairie habitat for waterfowl and wildlife.

A portion of the grant also will support DU’s efforts to protect publicly owned coastal marshes along the Intracoastal Waterway through breakwater construction. Breakwaters protect adjacent marsh from erosion and saltwater intrusion from the Intracoastal.

The grant program began in 2012 as part of Wells Fargo’s commitment to provide $100 million to environmentally focused nonprofits and universities by 2020. It is funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundationthrough a $15-million, five-year relationship to promote environmental stewardship across the country.

The community and environmental impacts of all grants will be measured and reported.

Click here for a full list of 2013 winners.

Details of the program and a link to the 2014 application can be found on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation application website.

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Will Leschper is founder of The Texas Outdoor Digest. He has been recognized for Excellence in Craft by the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. He is Conservation Editor of Texas Fish & Game Magazine and is a regular contributor to the Journal of the Texas Trophy Hunters, in addition to writing for plenty of of now-defunct publications.

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