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Jim Beitzel named Wisconsin Volunteer Conservationist of the Year

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MANITOWOC, Wis., Jan. 23, 2008 –

Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited is known nationwide for the dedication and passion of its volunteers. One of the most dedicated and passionate about waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited’s conservation mission is Jim Beitzel. Beitzel was honored as the Wisconsin Volunteer Conservationist of the Year at the Jan. 11 Wisconsin state convention, held at the Wisconsin Dells.

Beitzel’s contributions to Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) conservation programs in Wisconsin are substantial. He helped secure funding partners for the Conservation Road Flowage project at Brillion State Wildlife Area. He also fostered a relationship with the R.D. & Linda Peters Foundation, which resulted in funding for wetland restoration efforts at Killsnake and Brillion state wildlife areas.

During Beitzel’s 30-plus-year association with DU, he has made significant contributions to conserve our waterfowl and wetland resources. He is a charter member of the Lakeshore Chapter in Manitowoc, currently volunteers with the Brillion Marshes Chapter and holds Diamond Life Sponsor status. He has served on the Wisconsin Conservation Committee the last six years and is a trustee emeritus and national delegate, having attended the last 12 national conventions. Beitzel also served on the Wisconsin state convention, merchandise and major gift committees, volunteered all nine years at the Ducks Unlimited Great Outdoors Festival and currently manages four Sealed Bid Auction easels.

Beitzel has kept DU’s mission at the forefront. Through his efforts, he has spread the DU conservation message wherever he goes, developed numerous corporate partnerships and recruited many new DU family members. Beitzel has led by example, preferring to stay in the shadows while pushing others forward when it’s time for recognition, in hopes that they will become as committed as he is to Ducks Unlimited.

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.

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