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Drew County wetland restoration project completed

Ducks Unlimited, AGFC improve habitat at Cut-Off Creek WMA
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  • DU designed and constructed this new water-control structure that will provide staff the ability to more efficiently manage over 2,500 acres of bottomland hardwood forest habitat for waterfowl and wat
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MONTICELLO, Ark. (Nov. 14, 2011) – Just in time for waterfowl season, Ducks Unlimited and its partners recently completed a wetlands restoration project on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) Cut-Off Creek Wildlife Management Area.

"Southeast Arkansas is known for its incredible waterfowling tradition," DU Manager of Conservation Programs Craig Hilburn said. "And DU is proud to help the AGFC continue to provide quality public hunting opportunities through projects like this one."

In a proactive effort to improve management capabilities and to ensure the continued availability of public waterfowl hunting habitat on the Cut-Off Creek Wildlife Management Area in Drew County, DU designed and constructed a new water-control structure that replaced several older water-control structures in service since the early 1990s.

"The new water-control structure and associated spillway provide the Region III Wildlife Management staff the ability to more efficiently manage more than 2,500 acres of bottomland hardwood forest habitat for waterfowl and waterfowl hunters," AGFC Regional Wildlife Management Supervisor Mark Hooks said. "DU and AGFC have a well-established partnership, and this project is just one more tangible result of our mutual long-term commitment to improving wetland habitat throughout Arkansas."

"Like all of our projects, the partners involved in the Cut-Off Creek restoration project made it possible," Hilburn said. Partners on the project include DU, AGFC, War Eagle Boats, Wetlands America Trust, the North American Wetlands Conservation Council and numerous DU volunteers and supporters.

"War Eagle Boats is pleased to invest in important wetlands conservation work in ‘The Natural State,'" War Eagle Boats President Mike Ward said. "As the leader in wetlands conservation, Ducks Unlimited has a long-standing history of improving and providing habitat for waterfowl and opportunities for waterfowl hunters on public lands, and we're happy to do our part to support that mission."

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, 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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