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DU Honors Senator Blanche Lincoln for Leadership in Wetlands Conservation

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Senator is strong advocate for wetlands and waterfowl

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) has honored Arkansas U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln with its 2007 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award. DU Executive Vice President Don Young recently presented the award to Sen. Lincoln at her Washington office. This year Senator Lincoln, who is a long-time proponent for conservation in North America, stood out as the federal representative deserving this award.

"Senator Lincoln is an advocate for waterfowl and natural resources through her roles on the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission," said Young. "She is a strong supporter of protecting and restoring migratory bird habitat through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the Wetlands Reserve Program and the Federal Duck Stamp Program."

Through the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), DU partners with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to restore wetlands and associated habitats in Arkansas and throughout the United States. WRP is a voluntary program that provides eligible landowners with technical assistance and financial incentives to convert flood-prone, marginal agricultural land to its former wetland condition. This program helps landowners protect soil and water resources, as well as establish long-term conservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat.

 

DU Executive Vice President Don Young presents Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln with the 2007 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

"We need renewed commitment by Congress for WRP to continue to help landowners with wetland conservation in the South," said DU Director of Governmental Affairs Scott Sutherland. "Senator Lincoln’s support for the conservation provisions of the farm bill is vital to the success of waterfowl."

Senator Lincoln added, “I am very proud of this award, and the long lifetime friendship I have had with Ducks Unlimited and look forward to many, many years in the future working together.”

For more information on the Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards go to:
www.ducks.org/wetlandawards

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with almost 12 million acres conserved. 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.

Contact: Rachel Dawson
(202) 347-1530
rdawson@ducks.org

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