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Ducks Unlimited Canada, Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and the Ohio Division of Wildlife Partner on Project
Jeannette’s Creek Wetland Restoration Project Dedicated
Columbus, OH – July 13, 2006 – The completion of the 62-acre Jeannette’s Creek wetland restoration project, located along the southeast shoreline of Lake St. Clair in southern Ontario was celebrated with a dedication ceremony on June 29, 2006.
The project was completed using funds from the Ohio Division of Wildlife who grants a portion of their Ohio Waterfowl Stamp proceeds to Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DUI). Ducks Unlimited then matches these funds and sends them to Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), where they are again matched by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and other Canadian partners. The money is used to support DU Canada’s conservation efforts in southern Ontario through the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture, North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Thousands of acres of wetlands and associated uplands have been restored through this international partnership, benefiting waterfowl which nest in Canada and migrate and winter in Ohio and the southern United States. “Ohio sportsmen and women, through their purchase of Ohio Wetland Habitat Stamps, would be pleased with how their money is being spent in southwest Ontario,” said Steven A. Gray, chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. “These habitat projects are producing waterfowl that migrate into Ohio for our waterfowl hunters, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts to enjoy. No doubt we are getting great results for our dollars contributed to this international program.”
“DU Canada appreciates the support of the Ohio Division of Wildlife and all the generous conservationists in the state and throughout the US who help protect habitat in Ontario,” says Ron Maher, manager of Provincial Operations for Ducks Unlimited Canada in Ontario. “These habitats are a refuge for waterfowl, fish and many other wildlife species within the highly settled areas of southern Ontario. The State of Ohio should be proud that it is making a real difference to continental waterfowl.”
Bob Hoffman, director of DU’s Great Lakes / Atlantic Regional Office added, “The Ohio Division of Wildlife has been a long time partner in supporting Ducks Unlimited Canada and their conservation work. The habitat restored in southwest Ontario will provide critical nesting and brood-rearing habitat for waterfowl and many other species of wetland wildlife.”
The dedication was part of a two-day tour conducted by DUC, DUI and the Ohio Division of Wildlife to review the accomplishments of the program. Tour participants included DUI and DUC conservation and fundraising staff, DU volunteers from Ohio, DUC volunteers, and federal, provincial and private Canadian partners. Eight wetland restoration sites were visited and inspected by the tour participants.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.