Sen. Stabenow’s Efforts In Great Lakes Will Aid Areas Critical To Waterfowl Migration

Sen. Stabenow’s Efforts In Great Lakes Will Aid Areas Critical To Waterfowl Migration

Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited

ANN ARBOR, Mich. –-( Ducks Unlimited expressed appreciation for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s (MI) Great Lakes conservation effort directed towards Saginaw Bay and the basin of western Lake Erie.

The senator is chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

The effort is being administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service through existing Farm Bill conservation programs, and will dedicate technical and financial assistance to landowners and producers to implement a range of conservation practices that benefit the Great Lakes’ water and wildlife.

The areas are of critical importance to waterfowl, particularly during migration.

“This is a great announcement for conservation,” said Gildo Tori, director of public policy for Ducks Unlimited.

“It’s part of a really successful government program, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and partnering with agriculture is a no-brainer. In fact, most landowners in the designated area are eligible to apply for technical and financial assistance to implement conservation activities on their lands that conserve soil, water, air and wildlife resources. It’s good for wildlife and it’s good for people.”

Maps of the areas eligible for GLRI funding and eligible practices will be posted on the NRCS-Michigan web site at Information is also available at local NRCS and conservation district offices.

GLRI assistance in the Saginaw Bay and western Lake Erie Basin watersheds will be targeted to address non-point source pollution and grassland bird habitat. A four-county area in the Saginaw Bay will also have funding available to address feral swine, an increasing threat to Michigan habitat.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. Visit