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American Black Duck

Working Lands for Wildlife - American Black Duck

American Black Duck Target Area MapAmerican Black Duck Target AreaThe black duck is a state-identified target species of the Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) partnership, a collaborative approach to conserve habitat on working lands. NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance through a new WLFW project launched in fiscal year 2017.

Eligible agricultural producers in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey can receive help with implementing a variety of conservation practices to restore black duck wintering habitat in the mid-Atlantic region’s Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

Black duck habitat will be restored and enhanced through installation of conservation practices and protection of habitat through easements. Participating states will focus on developing habitat and controlling invasive species (click on graphic for an enlarged view of the project area).

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EQIP Practices Available
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Available practices aim to protect, restore and create emergent wetland and forested wetland habitat, manage invasive plants, and combat habitat loss due to development, pollution and wetland conversion.

• 314 - Brush Management
• 327 - Conservation Cover
• 342 - Critical Area Planting
• 356 - Dike
• 315 - Herbaceous Weed Control
• 484 - Mulching
• 378 - Pond
• 338 - Prescribed Burning
• 643 - Restoration and Management
            of Rare and Declining Habitats
• 391 - Riparian Forest Buffer
• 390 - Riparian Herbaceous Cover
• 646 - Shallow Water Development/Management
• 587 - Structure for Water Control
• 612 - Tree/Shrub Establishment
• 645 - Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
• 658 - Wetland Creation
• 659 - Wetland Enhancement
• 657 - Wetland Restoration
• 644 - Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management

Outcomes and Impacts

Landowners will use conservation practices to restore habitat for the black duck in coastal estuaries and tidal waters. Anticipated outcomes of WLFW efforts include healthy coastal habitats, increased food availability in the mid-Atlantic region, and the stabilization or recovery of black duck populations. These efforts will also directly or indirectly benefit the northern pintail, wood duck, redhead, greenwinged teal, hooded merganser, canvasback, and more than 25 other species.