A Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteer chapter doing its part for the cause of the conservation is the Black River Falls chapter, located in Jackson County. The chapter has raised more than $125,000 for DU in the past 10 years.
DU is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. But it couldn’t have reached its current level of impact without its core—the volunteers. In the United States and Canada, there are more than 60,000 volunteers comprising 3,655 chapters. In 2006 alone, 9,500 new volunteers joined the DU ranks, forming 355 new chapters and holding 4,600 fundraising events for DU.
“The amount of time and energy that our volunteers dedicate is incredible. Being a non-profit organization, DU depends on the volunteers’ fundraising efforts to support habitat restoration projects,” said Roger Britton, Jr., DU regional director of Northwest Wisconsin. “When people think of Ducks Unlimited, what generally comes to mind are the fundraising banquets organized and carried out by the volunteers.”
The money raised by the Black River Falls chapter and other Wisconsin volunteer chapters helped complete several local conservation projects, including the recent enhancement of wetland habitat in the Dike 17 State Wildlife Area (SWA), in Jackson County. DU partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to enhance the 120-acre section of the Dike 17 SWA that is part of 3,700 acres of marsh, wet prairie and associated upland habitats. This project brings the total conservation area in Jackson County to 2,285 acres since 1985.
Wisconsin is a key part of DU’s conservation work in the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region. In 2005, grassroots income in the state was more than $3 million. Wisconsin also currently boasts the second-largest total acreage conserved by DU and its partners in the region — nearly 87,000 acres since 1985 — and the second-largest DU membership base — 45,000 of the 750,000 members in North America. DU’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office invested more than $1.9 million in 86 conservation projects across the state in 2006, conserving a total of 6,794 acres of wetlands and associated upland habitat.
For more information, please contact the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office at (734) 623-2000.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, with almost 12 million acres conserved. The United States has lost more than half of its original wetlands—nature’s most productive ecosystem—and continues to lose more than 80,000 acres each year.
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