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Media Advisory: Ducks Unlimited to host The Big River Thrives Leadership Forum in Memphis

Sustaining vital ecosystems and habitats through improved awareness, formal cooperation and systems management

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WHEN:   Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Note: The Big River Thrives Leadership Forum is open to the press and public. There will be a break at 11:15 a.m. for reporters to have one-on-one interviews.

WHERE:   Ducks Unlimited, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120

WHO:   Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. EPA
Dale Hall, CEO, Ducks Unlimited
Bill Cox, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (Ret.)
R. King Milling, Chairman, America's WETLAND Foundation
Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Dan Mecklenborg, Senior Vice President, Ingram Barge Company
Kevin Pierson, The Audubon Society
Diane Rudin, The Nature Conservancy
Hon. Mark Luttrell, Shelby County
Ann Pesiri Swanson, Chesapeake Bay Commission
Don Boesch, PhD., University of Maryland
Robert Twilley, PhD, Louisiana Sea Grant College Program
Karen Gautreaux, The Nature Conservancy, Louisiana
Valsin A. Marmillion, Managing Director, America's WETLAND Foundation
Sidney Coffee, Senior Adviser, America's WETLAND Foundation

WHAT:   The Big River Thrives brings together leaders and experts from diverse Mississippi River interests to identify critical habitat and ecosystems issues to be discussed within the context of comprehensive river management. The Memphis forum is the second of five leadership forums being convened by the America's WETLAND Foundation as part of THE BIG RIVER WORKS, a national initiative to build cooperation for a healthy, sustainable Mississippi River system and to move toward formal cooperation among contiguous Mississippi River states to sustain the river system.

The forum will be hosted at DU's national headquarters office near Memphis's Agricenter International.

The America's WETLAND Foundation manages the largest, most comprehensive public education campaign in Louisiana's history, raising public awareness of the impact of Louisiana's wetland loss on the state, nation and world. Through its' America's Energy Coast initiative, the Foundation works to sustain the environmental and economic assets of the Gulf Coast region. THE BIG RIVER WORKS project will increase cooperation along the Mississippi River by outlining the key issues that must be addressed by comprehensive river management. For more information visit www.americaswetland.com or www.bigriverworks.org.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. 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. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.

Emily Robinson


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