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Special Announcement

This will be the final edition of the Conservation Issues Briefing for 2009. Thank you for your support and have a safe and happy holiday season! The next CIB issue will be published on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2009.




Combining conservation efforts gets results in Pacific Northwest

Ducks Unlimited biologists and engineers in the Pacific Northwest are seeing great results for conservation by helping state agencies and landowners take advantage of government programs to protect and restore habitat.

Working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, DU has conserved more than 36,000 acres in the past decade in the Pacific Northwest. Programs such as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) played a role in that succcess, as well as the private landowners and state and local governments that participated in the conservation projects.

"I can't overemphasize the importance of wetlands on the landscape," said Chris Bonsignore, Ducks Unlimited biologist. "They're not just for ducks."

Ducks Unlimited staff works to ensure that programs like NAWCA and WRP have proper support and funding, so projects like the ones for which Bonsignore and other DU biologists and engineers are responsible can continue to provide waterfowl habitat across the country.




Partnering with DU pays conservation dividends in Oklahoma

For more than 15 years, Ducks Unlimited has worked with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to secure the future of waterfowl habitat and Oklahoma's hunting heritage. Soon-to-be-completed improvements on Waurika Wildlife Management Area make it the tenth WMA to benefit from the partnership. The completed project will allow area managers to provide quality hunting opportunities on more than 120 acres of seasonal wetlands.

"Improvements to the Beaver Creek Wetland Development Unit at the Waurika WMA are wrapping up and should be completed soon," said DU Manager of Conservation Programs Eric Held. "Ducks Unlimited Inc. and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation have worked together to ensure this area will continue to provide waterfowl hunting opportunities for Oklahoma's sportsmen for years to come."

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