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Minnesota Congressional Representatives Meet with National Ducks Unlimited Leaders

  • From left to right: DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt, Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum and DU Sr. Vice President for Conservation Programs Paul Bonderson
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Ducks Unlimited recently held its Conservation Programs Committee meeting in Bloomington, Minn., to discuss DU's conservation projects and initiatives. As a portion of the meeting, DU invited CPC members, along with members of the Minnesota congressional delegation and their staff, to attend breakfast meetings last Friday. After attending the meetings, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum praised DU's conservation efforts. 

"I was thrilled to meet this morning with national leaders from Ducks Unlimited. DU's advocacy for responsible conservation and habitat preservation is more important than ever," Congresswoman McCollum said. "Protecting critical habitat needs to be a priority for Congress and DU is sending a strong message to national policy makers."

Also attending the meetings were senior level congressional staff for Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representatives Michele Bachmann and Tim Walz. 

"Ducks Unlimited is pleased that Congresswoman McCollum and representatives of Senator Klobuchar, Congresswoman Bachmann, and Congressman Walz were able to attend our meetings. It gave them the opportunity to interact with senior DU volunteers from around the country to learn more about the efforts and interests of conservationist duck hunters," DU Director of Governmental Affairs Scott Sutherland said. "Conservation programs not only play a vital role in waterfowl management that improves water quality, but this work positively impacts Minnesota's economy. Our discussions also gave the congressional attendees a chance to discuss the situation in Congress and what they expect in the months ahead."

DU's Conservation Programs Committee consists of board members and other senior volunteers from across the nation. They have extensive experience in supporting and promoting DU's conservation efforts. The committee is charged with guiding and fostering land conservation efforts and advising the DU Board of Directors on decisions regarding "on the ground" conservation projects and initiatives. The group also collaborates with and advises DU staff on matters pertaining to public policy. 

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