On Thursday, May 31, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Ducks Unlimited will welcome Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to its 75th National Convention in Nashville for two important events—a signing ceremony for the 2012 revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and a Town Hall meeting to discuss conservation in the current economic climate.
DU conservation leaders, volunteers, staff and supporters registered for the convention are welcome to attend both events in the Tennessee Ballroom of Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and members of the media will also be in attendance.
Secretary Salazar will sign the historic NAWMP revision on behalf of the United States and it will be forwarded to his counterparts in Canada and Mexico for their signatures. After the signing, Secretary Salazar and Dr. Jim Ringelman, director of conservation programs in DU's Great Plains Region, will offer brief remarks on this important milestone in waterfowl conservation history.
First adopted in 1986, NAWMP has remained a leading model for other international conservation plans, largely because it is an evolving document that is updated periodically with engagement of the waterfowl conservation community. Ducks Unlimited stands tall as the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation with this year's revision, as several members of DU's conservation staff helped shape the document:
- Dr. Ringelman, through a partnership with FWS, led the revision steering committee.
- Participants on the steering committee from DU included Dr. Mike Anderson, senior conservation advisor for DU Canada; Ken Babcock, senior director of conservation for DU Inc.; and Dale Humburg, DU Inc. chief scientist.
- DU's Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt, in his former role as assistant director for FWS, spearheaded this revision at its outset.
Following the signing ceremony and remarks, Secretary Salazar will commence with a Town Hall meeting on conservation in today's economy. The secretary will share his vision for the future of conservation and seek out feedback, ideas and questions from DU's most active volunteers and supporters.