Rescue the Duck Factory Update Update: Nearly 67,000 Acres Secured
North America's most important waterfowl breeding habitat is being plowed under on a massive scale. Surging global demands for food, federal mandates for corn-based ethanol production and the new Farm Bill are encouraging cultivation of every available acre.
In September, 2008, Ducks Unlimited launched the "Rescue the Duck Factory" campaign.
OUR GOAL: To permanently protect an additional 300,000 acres of the most productive waterfowl breeding habitat on the prairies - as quickly as possible.
As of July, 2009, 11,000 acres of wetlands and 48,000 acres of grasslands have been protected with perpetual easements. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, our key conservation partner in this campaign, has also obtained signed options on another 728 acres of wetlands and 7,400 acres of grassland.
This brings the total acres secured since the launch of the campaign to 66,754 acres.
FAR FROM FINISHED
Right now, 564 landowners in North and South Dakota have offered to sell DU and the USFWS perpetual easements that would permanently protect the remaining acres towards our goal. Landowner demand for easements currently exceeds available funding, but DU is dedicated to closing the funding gap and protecting this vital waterfowl habitat forever.
We would like to express our appreciation to the generous DU supporters who have already donated to this critical effort. However, we still have a long way to go before we reach our goal of permanently protecting 300,000 acres - and we can't do it without you!
If you haven't donated yet, consider this your chance to help us make history. We appreciate any donation you can give, but with your tax-deductible donation of $45 or more, you'll also receive a valuable DU gift. Additionally, you'll be recognized on the DU Web site for helping lead the charge in this urgent campaign.
Giving online is safe and secure — and the fastest way to make a positive impact towards wetland and waterfowl conservation.
Thank you for your commitment to help us permanently protect the future of waterfowl and waterfowl hunting...today, tomorrow and forever.