The CWHP provides economic incentives to private landowners who agree to manage their properties in accordance with a wetland management plan developed cooperatively by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) biologists and the participating landowner.
History: In response to the widespread loss of wetland habitat in California, State Senator Robert Presley introduced the California Waterfowl Habitat Preservation Act in 1987. The Act established the California Waterfowl Habitat Program (CWHP), a multi-faceted wetland incentive program designed to improve habitat for waterfowl on private lands. Consistent with its primary waterfowl habitat objectives, the program also endeavors to enhance habitat for shorebirds, wading birds, and other wetland-dependent species.
Past Success: Management activities conducted during the first 14 years of the program have resulted in increased food supplies for wintering waterfowl, optimal foraging depths for waterfowl and shorebirds, and summer wetlands crucial to breeding ducks, shorebirds, and a host of other wetland wildlife. To date, the CWHP has enrolled 29,295 acres of habitat on 126 properties throughout the Central Valley.