ROLLING FORK, Miss. – Oct. 30, 2015 – More than 100 Mississippi youths have their name engraved on a plaque at Howard Miller Wildlife Management Area near Rolling Fork. They are Ducks Unlimited Legacy Greenwing members, and their support provided partial funding for the recently completed restoration work on the WMA.
"These kids are the future of conservation," said DU Senior Vice President for Youth and Education Ronal Roberson. "It's critical that we get today's youth outside to experience what we all love so much, and this project provides an excellent place, open to the public, to do so."
The Legacy Greenwing program is a bridge between Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation and youth programs. It is open to youths up to age 17 for a one-time contribution of $200. For that contribution, they become members of Ducks Unlimited until they turn 21. Legacy Greenwing contributions are used to support a specific waterfowl habitat project, and the names of the Legacy Greenwings who supported it are listed on a cairn placed at the project site.
The $750,000-project restored water management capabilities on 2,160 acres of wetland impoundments. This project was completed as part of Ducks Unlimited's America's River Initiative. Funding partners include the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Ducks Unlimited, Wetlands America Trust, the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, and the Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.