LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 20, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited honored Tom Smalling of Paragould for his contributions to the Arkansas Greenwing Camp and the Arkansas Greenwing program by naming a Ducks Unlimited Legacy Greenwing project in Saskatchewan, Canada, in his honor. Smalling, his wife, Rita, and several Arkansas DU volunteers were on hand October 17 for the dedication ceremony held at the project site.
Smalling was honored for his eight years of volunteer service as Arkansas’ State Greenwing Chairman. He is a long time volunteer and supporter of Ducks Unlimited and currently serves as the district chairman for northeast Arkansas and as a state trustee and national delegate for DU.
“DU is extremely fortunate to have volunteers like Tom whose passion for DU and conservation motivates them to give their time and support to our mission,” Jeff Lawrence, DU’s senior regional director for northern Arkansas, said. “Naming this Greenwing project in Tom’s honor is a testament to his selfless commitment and generosity, and to the work he has done to ensure that Arkansas youth have the opportunity to get involved in conservation.”
|Tom Smalling and his wife Rita at the cairn commemorating the project.
The Legacy Greenwing membership program is a bridge between Ducks Unlimited’s habitat conservation and youth programs. Open to youths from newborn to age 17, a one-time contribution of $200 pays for the youth’s DU membership through age 21. The Legacy Greenwing membership funds are committed to a waterfowl habitat project on the Canadian breeding grounds, with the youth’s name cast on a bronze plaque placed at the project site.
The Tom Smalling Marsh is located near the town of Allan, Saskatchewan, approximately 47 miles southeast of Saskatoon in the Allan Hills, one of the most productive waterfowl areas of North America. The quarter section project consists of 97 acres of dense nesting cover, 23.5 acres of wetland and 39.5 acres of native parkland. Adding to the value of the project is the high wetland density in the surrounding area, its close proximity to several other DU projects and that the province of Saskatchewan contributes more than 60 percent of all ducks harvested in Arkansas annually.
The Smalling Marsh was funded by Greenwing Legacy memberships and matched 1:1 by the North American Wetlands Conservation Council. To date, Arkansas has more Legacy Greenwing projects in Canada than any other state and will be announcing its sixth project, also to be located in Saskatchewan, by early February 2011.
For more information about the Ducks Unlimited Legacy Greenwing membership, Legacy Greenwing Projects or the Arkansas DU Greenwing Camp, call (501) 728-4949 or visit the Greenwing page on the Arkansas DU web site at ar.ducks.org.