For over 100 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Refuge System has played a pivotal role in conserving North America's waterfowl and other wildlife. To guide refuge management for the next decade, FWS is hosting a Vision Conference from July 11 to July 15, 2011 in Madison, Wis., to create a new strategic vision plan for conservation. The new vision will focus on five key areas: conservation design, planning and delivery, science, relevance and leadership.
Because this strategic plan will determine how the National Wildlife Refuge System is managed in the future, FWS has invited key partners and supporters, including Ducks Unlimited, to attend the conference to offer their suggestions and ideas.
For decades, Ducks Unlimited and the National Wildlife Refuge System have been working together to protect waterfowl habitat. With over 540 wildlife refuges currently in operation across the United States, these areas help conserve waterfowl by protecting breeding, migrating and wintering grounds.
"Creating and updating strategic plans are essential to being pro-active about the new challenges each decade brings," DU Director of Governmental Affairs Scott Sutherland said.