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Chad Courville Receives Top Flight Award from Ducks Unlimited

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Ridgeland, MS, December 1, 2004 - Ducks Unlimited (DU) is pleased to announce that Chad Courville is the recipient of DU's 2004 Top Flight Award. The Top Flight Award is given annually to a DU staff member who exemplifies leadership qualities and a strong work ethic in delivering on-the-ground conservation programs. Courville, who resides with his wife Kylee in Lafayette, LA, has worked for DU for 5 years as a project and regional biologist, working with private landowners along the Louisiana coast interested in enhancing their property for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.



Photo Caption (from left to right): Chad Courvillle (DU Regional Biologist) accepts his 2004 Top Flight Award from Dr. Curtis Hopkins (Director of Conservation Programs for the Southern Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited). Courville was nominated by his peers and received this award based on his interest and commitment to sustaining Louisiana's wetland and waterfowl resources.


"Chad is a proven achiever. He has played a significant role in delivery of our conservation programs along the Louisiana Gulf Coast," said Hugh Bateman, Ducks Unlimited's Director of Conservation Programs for Louisiana. "Ducks Unlimited has accomplished a lot in Louisiana, thanks in large part, to Chad's interest and commitment to sustaining our state's wetland and waterfowl resources."

Courville will continue to assist in implementing and coordinating the organization's involvement with local, state and federal agencies along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. DU has received several North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants for restoration and enhancement work in coastal marsh habitats. Courville will oversee DU's interest in Louisiana's coastal restoration activities, which focuses on restoring marsh habitats through a variety of restoration techniques including marsh terracing, hydrologic restorations, and crevasse splays. These techniques restore important submerged and emergent vegetation in areas where extensive marsh loss has occurred. He will also continue to support wetland enhancement projects on state-owned lands, as well as provide technical assistance to private landowners.

Contact: Chad Manlove, Manager of Conservation Planning, cmanlove@ducks.org

With more than a million a supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the worlds largest wetland and waterfowl conservation group. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands natures most productive ecosystems and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres every year.

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