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James C. Kennedy named Conservation/Private Citizen award winner at 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

  • (left to right) Paul Schmidt, DU chief conservation officer; Jamie Kennedy, accepting the 2012 Private Citizen/Conservation award on behalf of his father, James C. Kennedy; and John Tomke, president of DU de Mexico
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ATLANTA – March 16, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta. This year's recipient of the Conservation/Private Citizen award is James C. Kennedy of Atlanta.

"Jim Kennedy is a lifelong conservationist and philanthropist dedicated to the future of wetlands and waterfowl across North America," DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt said during the awards presentation. "Jim has spent decades helping conservation organizations, including Ducks Unlimited, fulfill their missions."

DU's Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the restoration and conservation of North America's wetlands and other waterfowl habitat.

Kennedy, chairman of Atlanta's Cox Enterprises Inc., has generously given of his time, talent and treasure for the conservation of natural resources and the betterment of humanity. He has also restored tens of thousands of acres of waterfowl and other wildlife habitat across the United States. Kennedy serves on the board of trustees for Wetlands America Trust and previously served as the organization's president.

In 2008, Kennedy generously established the faculty position of Endowed Chair in Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture in the College of Forest Resources at Mississippi State University.

"Kennedy's gift sustains in perpetuity the teaching, research and outreach programs in waterfowl and wetlands science and conservation at MSU," said Rick Kaminski, MSU CFR associate dean, Kennedy chair and wildlife professor. "I do not know another private citizen who has done more for wetlands and waterfowl conservation in the United States."

Kennedy's son Jamie accepted the award on his father's behalf. Jamie is a conservationist in his own right, having learned a passion for waterfowl hunting and conservation from his father.

"Of even greater significance than Jim's work as a conservationist has been his commitment to passing on his conservation legacy to future generations through his two beloved sons," Schmidt said. "Jamie has been hunting with his father every year since the fifth grade—he loves the sport and he loves spending time in the field with his dad. Jim's generosity and passion for the outdoors are sure to live on through his sons and their families."

To view all 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award winners, please visit www.ducks.org.

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 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.

Andi Cooper
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