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Ducks Unlimited gives hunting land to ND Game and Fish

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Parcels given to DU by landowner

BISMARCK, ND, May 22, 2007 - Ducks Unlimited gave two parcels of land totaling 400 acres to the state of North Dakota last week. DU turned over the Wells County properties to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department this week.

An anonymous donor gave the land to DU, asking that DU transfer it to the state for long-term management and public use. The property is located in Wells County along the Missouri Coteau. This area supports some of the continent’s best duck nesting habitat.

“We’re glad this land will be managed for waterfowl and other wildlife by the state,” said Jeff Nelson, director of DU’s Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, ND. “These properties contain valuable habitat in an area that has the potential of attracting 80 to 100 duck pairs per square mile.”

Nelson says many prairie ducks nest in grasslands surrounding small wetlands. They often have the highest nesting success rates in large expanses of grass. Both properties are like this.

“We’re grateful to this conservation-minded donor for seeing the inherent value in keeping this land in grass and wanting it to be available for public use,” Nelson said.

The land will be open to public hunting.

“These two parcels of land will be a significant, valuable addition to the state system of wildlife management areas,” said Terry Steinwand, director of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

“We’re pleased to have played a part in securing this habitat while supporting North Dakota’s proud hunting heritage through the gift of this land,” Nelson said. “We look forward to continuing our close partnership with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.”

Contact:
Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Regional Office
Director of Operations
Jeff Nelson
701-355-3500
E-mail jnelson@ducks.org

 

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