EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (Instructions are to write this section last)
Mission and Vision Statements
The Mission of the Restoring the Delta Watershed Restoration Project is to catalyze restoration of bottomland hardwood ecosystems in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley, by strengthening existing partnerships, building new relationships, providing a scientific foundation and developing new restoration techniques, and implementing a restoration program on private land. The intent of this Business Plan is to guide the Forest Service and partners in the exploration, analysis, and augmented delivery of ongoing and future restoration within the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV). Much work is underway, yet the remaining task in front of conservation partners is both extensive and complex. Key to restoration of this ecosystem will be returning significant acres of prior converted farmland to a bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem. Our goal is to strengthen existing partnerships by enhancing, as appropriate, the role of the Forest Service within this system.
Figure 1. The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Our Vision for the Restoring the Delta Watershed Restoration Project is to be recognized as international leaders in restoration of large river floodplain ecosystems. We are a partnership of many diverse organizations focused on restoration of the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley. We will achieve our restoration goals while remaining sensitive to the needs of the residents of the LMAV and their quality of life, while improving quality of water, enhancing wildlife habitat, and supporting economic wellbeing. Ducks Unlimited and the Forest Service have been active partners since 1984, and both parties have maintained an active presence with other partners in the LMAV. Building on the strengths of these partnerships, this business plan will position Ducks Unlimited and the Forest Service as catalyst to augment and enhance restoration of this valuable ecosystem.