Matt Hough, the regional biologist (NE-KS) for Ducks Unlimited, confirmed that their North American Wetlands Conservation Act proposal was approved for $1,000,000 by the Division of Bird Habitat Conservation of the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Ducks Unlimited spearheaded the initiative. The Kansas Wildlife Federation was one of the partners in the proposal that included The Nature Conservancy; Natural Resource Damage Assessment Board of Trustees; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism; George Stumps Trust; Neosho County; Kansas Alliance of Wetlands and Streams; National Wild Turkey Federation; Barton County; and the Watershed Land Trust. KWF donated $500 to enhance wildlife habitats on the Neosho Wildlife Area benefiting tens of thousands of waterfowl and migratory birds that use wetlands as breeding, migration and wintering habitat. This will increase available habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, songbirds, and raptors, including threatened species such as Whooping Crane, Least Tern, and Piping Plover.