As part of our continental focus on conserving the habitats most important to waterfowl, DU and its partners have been delivering crucial conservation work in the Gulf Coast region for more than 20 years. Long-term wetland losses in the region have been staggering. More than a third of the 3.1 million acres of Louisiana coastal wetlands that existed just 100 years ago have been lost. And approximately 25 square miles of fertile wetlands continue to be lost every year.
The catastrophic Gulf oil spill magnifies the importance and urgency of addressing the underlying threats to this fragile ecosystem.
DU and its partners have conserved more than 250,000 acres of crucial waterfowl habitat in the Gulf coastal zone, and in the coming years, DU will remain focused on providing solutions to habitat losses throughout the region.
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