As DUMAC's staff and volunteer leaders look to the future, they will continue to focus on raising funds from members, donors, and essential public policy programs such as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act to support DUMAC's most important conservation programs. The board recently made a strategic decision to concentrate on two key areas: mangrove conservation and environmental education and professional training, both of which are dependent on effective public policy work.
"Our work with public policy and human dimensions has helped the government and citizens of Mexico better understand the importance of wetland habitats," Hoyt said. "DUMAC's conservation work over the past 40 years has positioned us as the premier source of waterfowl habitat work that not only benefits Mexico, but also all of Latin and North America."
Over its first 40 years, DUMAC's small size has belied its accomplishments and influence. With four decades of success to build on and the staunch support and dedication of its members, volunteers, and staff, the prospects for DUMAC's next 40 years look even brighter. To help support DU's conservation work in Mexico as well as in the United States and Canada, visit the DU website at ducks.org/tripleplay
Dr. Scott Yaich is national director of conservation planning and policy at DU headquarters in Memphis.