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Arkansas senators recognize DU's 75 years of conservation success

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – April 20, 2012 – Arkansas Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Mississippi Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, have issued a Senate resolution recognizing the 75th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited and lauding the organization's history of conservation success in the state and across North America. The resolution was passed on Thursday.

"DU would like to thank Senators Pryor and Boozman for their recognition of DU's milestone anniversary this year," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "We hold the senators in high esteem and are proud to partner with them to ensure a bright future for Arkansas waterfowl, wildlife and people."

The Senate resolution outlines DU's history, from its humble beginnings in the drought-plagued 1930s to its strong membership and volunteer base and its support of local conservation, community priorities, outreach and education.

The resolution also emphasizes DU's dedication to preserving America's waterfowl hunting heritage. Waterfowl hunters and other sportsmen contribute more than $86 billion per year to the U.S. economy to pursue their outdoor passions. Ducks Unlimited has been committed to protecting these traditions for the past 75 years since a small group of waterfowlers formed DU back in 1937.

"For 75 years, Ducks Unlimited has been leading efforts to ensure that our region's duck hunting tradition and habitat protection exist side by side," Boozman said. "The organization was founded by waterfowl hunters and sustained all these years by waterfowl hunters, which has taught and reminded generations of sportsmen in Arkansas to be respectful of natural habitats while promoting the values of duck hunting. Ducks Unlimited's hard work and dedication has protected and restored wetlands across Arkansas and the North American continent, and preserved our nation's duck hunting tradition for future generations."

DU has conserved nearly 350,000 acres of critical waterfowl habitat in Arkansas with the support of more than 19,000 members statewide, and a contingent of hard-working volunteers at the heart of the effort.

"We are so fortunate in Arkansas, the Duck Hunting Capital of the World, to see and enjoy the difference that Ducks Unlimited has made over the past 75 years," Pryor said. "I am proud to recognize this organization's achievements, and look forward to working with its members to support habitat conservation programs."

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. 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. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/ducksunlimitedinc.

Emily Havens
(901) 758-3851
ehavens@ducks.org

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