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Abita Brewing Company Supports Ducks Unlimited's Louisiana Coastal Conservation Initiative

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  • Abita’s gift will help Ducks Unlimited restore degraded marsh habitat like this at the Grand Bayou Unit on Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area.
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NEW ORLEANS, La. December 3, 2010 – Louisiana-based Abita Brewing Company recently donated $100,000 to Ducks Unlimited, leader in wetlands conservation, for restoration of important wetland habitats along Louisiana’s imperiled coast.

The donation comes from the SOS Charitable Fund, established by the brewing company to assist with restoration and recovery after the disastrous oil spill. Abita created a special beer, SOS (Save Our Shore) – A Charitable Pilsner, and donates 75 cents for every bottle sold to the fund. To date, more than $255,000 has been raised for the cause.

“This leadership gift will help restore more than 3,000 acres of critical wetland habitat,” Chad Manlove, DU director of development, said. “Abita’s gift will be pooled with other public and private entities to create a substantial conservation impact in coastal Louisiana.”

The Louisiana coastal marshes provide critical wintering grounds for millions of waterfowl and other migratory birds. Unfortunately, these marshes are disappearing at an alarming rate. Louisiana has already lost more than one million acres of these continentally significant wetlands and continues to lose 16,000-20,000 acres annually.

“We feel compelled as one of Louisiana’s favorite brands to assist our neighbors and the coastal environment as we continue to recover from this disaster,” stated, David Blossman, president of Abita Brewing Company. “We’re proud to be a part of the efforts to conserve and restore coastal Louisiana.”

The donation from Abita Brewing Company will be combined with a North American Wetland Conservation Act grant and financial support from other partners to restore hydrology to the Grand Bayou Unit on Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.

“Particularly along the Gulf Coast, it is essential that corporations, individuals, public agencies and private organizations join together and combine resources to accomplish meaningful restoration,” Bob Dew, DU manager of conservation programs for Louisiana, said. “DU is fully committed to this philosophy, and we are very pleased to add Abita Brewing Company to our list of partners supporting a sustainable coast.”

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