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Ducks Unlimited Deems Tim Hayes of Duke Energy, Indiana Conservation Partner of the Year

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Ducks Unlimited Deems Tim Hayes of Duke Energy,

Indiana Conservation Partner of the Year

Brazil, IN —September 11, 2006 – On Tuesday, August 8th, during Duke Energy’s dedication ceremony for the Cane Ridge Wildlife Area near Princeton, Ducks Unlimited (DU) honored Tim Hayes of Duke Energy as Indiana Conservation Partner of the Year. Each year the award is presented by the Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office to recognize and show appreciation for exceptional conservation partnerships with DU. Tim has gone above and beyond the call of duty as a partner to DU, and through his hard work and devotion to conservation, has helped to further DU’s mission of wetland conservation throughout the state.

Hayes has worked in Duke Energy's (formerly Cinergy Corp.) Environmental Department for 20 years as a Sr. Environmental Scientist and is responsible for various environmental issues and initiatives for the company. Activities include managing natural resources on Duke Energy's Midwest properties, assuring compliance with natural resource related laws and regulations such as wetlands, streams and rivers, threatened and endangered species and cultural resources, as well as working with various stakeholder groups on environmental issues.

Now residing in Clay County, near Brazil, Indiana, Tim is an active committee member of the Wabash Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited in Terre Haute. He is an avid waterfowler and has demonstrated his deep-rooted commitment to waterfowl conservation by restoring several wetlands on his and his associates’ own properties in Vigo, Greene and Clay Counties.

On hand to present the award were Dave Segar, Indiana DU State Chairman and Jason Hill, Indiana DU Regional Biologist. “Duke Energy and DU have a long history of partnering together on many

successful wetland projects throughout Indiana,” said Ducks Unlimited Indiana Regional Biologist, Jason Hill. “Tim is truly a friend of DU and we look forward to working with him and Duke Energy on future wetland conservation endeavors in Indiana.” Tim’s proactive commitment, effective leadership, and energetic dedication have ensured the success of many Duke Energy - DU partnership projects, including the reforestation of over 1,600 acres of the bottomland hardwood wetlands throughout southern Indiana. Tim has also been instrumental in the Southwest Indiana Four Rivers Project Committee, specifically accomplishments such as the acclaimed Cane Ridge Wildlife Area – Interior Least Tern Unit Project.

For more information, please contact the Great Lakes Atlantic/Regional Office in Ann Arbor, MI at 734-623-2000.

With more than one million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. Since it’s founding in 1937, DU has raised more than $1.5 billion and conserved nearly 11 million acres of critical wildlife habitat across North America. Wetlands are nature’s most productive ecosystems, but the United States has lost more than half of its original wetlands and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres every year.

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