Orrin Ingram: Supporting a Long-Term Approach to Waterfowl Conservation
Like all Ducks Unlimited Major Sponsors, Orrin H. Ingram II believes deeply in the DU conservation mission
. His vision for the future is based on a deep understanding of what helps DU achieve its goals. He recognizes that waterfowl habitat conservation must be delivered on a continental scale. He also understands that today's conservation progress will mean nothing without tomorrow's waterfowlers, conservationists, and DU supporters.
Through a generous gift, Ingram has invested in three areas crucial to the future of waterfowl and waterfowling. The first part of his contribution will support DU's land protection program in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV), which will help permanently protect some of the most important remaining waterfowl habitat in this region. The second portion of his gift will support efforts to recruit, educate, and inspire the next generation through DU's youth and education program
. Finally, the third part of his gift will support DU's efforts to conserve wetlands and grasslands in the Prairie Pothole Region, where many of the waterfowl that visit the MAV are raised.
Ingram is president and CEO of Ingram Industries Inc., based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also a trustee of DU's Wetlands America Trust, and he and his wife, Lee Ann, are DU Diamond Legacy Sponsors
and President's Council
members. In 2010, Ingram endowed a chair in cancer research at Vanderbilt University, and he is chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.