Mark T. Landgren Project Gifted to USFWS

After almost five years of planning and restoration work, Ducks Unlimited (DU) has completed the restoration of the Mark T. Landgren Marsh in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin and formally transferred the property to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be managed as part of the Mallard Haven Waterfowl Production Area. Many of Mark T's friends and family members became Ducks Unlimited major donors and contributed over $120,000 towards this project to celebrate the life of a well-know Nebraska sportsman, Mark T. Landgren. A dedication event to honor Mark T. was held on the site in 2006. These donations provided the bulk of the funds necessary to complete the restoration work on this 200-plus acre wetland. The marsh will play a vital role in sustaining the many species of waterfowl and other wildlife that rely on vanishing wetlands in Nebraska's Rainwater Basin. Millions of waterfowl and other water birds rely on Rainwater Basin wetlands during the critical spring migration period. Friends and family of Mark T. decided to raise funds for this project after his tragic death in a rollover accident in northern Saskatchewan, Canada in June 2004. Other partners involved in this project included the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Pheasants Forever and the Shickley Volunteer Fire Department.