Donation Earmarked for Wetland Restoration Work Within the Illinois River Watershed
Peoria, IL—February 1, 2005--Caterpillar recently donated $120,000 for Ducks Unlimited's (DU) Illinois River wetland partnership initiative. The gift will help support DU’s wetland conservation work in the Illinois River Watershed over the next three years.
"Its exciting to see what happens when the world's largest heavy equipment manufacturer teams up with the world's largest wetland conservation organization,” says DU President, John Tomke. “We are very appreciative of the Caterpillar Foundation's generous gift and congratulate the entire Caterpillar Corporation and its employees on their overall commitment to the environment."
The Illinois River is a principle migratory corridor for waterfowl in the Mississippi flyway. DU habitat conservation work along the Illinois River is extensive, with projects located in every county from Starved Rock to Alton. Several of the acquisition and restoration projects in the Peoria region include: Weis Lake, Duck Ranch, Spring Lake Bottoms and most recently the acquisition of the Wightman Lake.
"The Caterpillar Foundation is proud to be a supporter of Ducks Unlimited's wetland conservation work in the Illinois River basin,” says Henry Holling, Social Responsibility Initiatives Manager. “ We look forward to working with DU on future projects that benefit both wildlife and people in our community."
Since 2000, DU and partners have invested more than $7 million in wetland conservation work within the Illinois River watershed. DU identified another $1.8 million of immediate wetland conservation needs in the Illinois River valley. Last year, Ducks Unlimited and Caterpillar were awarded the Wildlife Management Institute's prestigious Touchstone Award in recognition of their past collaborative effort to restore Illinois River wetland habitat.
For more information, please contact Kelli Alfano at DU’s Great Lakes Atlantic/Regional Office @ 734-623-2000.
With more than one million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. Since it’s founding in 1937, DU has conserved more than 11 million acres of critical wildlife habitat across North America. Wetlands are nature’s most productive ecosystems, but the United States has lost more than half of its original wetlands and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres every year.
For more than 75 years, Caterpillar has been building the world's infrastructure and, in partnership with independent dealers, is driving positive and sustainable change on every continent. Caterpillar is a technology leader and the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines. For more information, log on to http://www.CAT.com/.