Phoenix, AZ – April 2, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited awarded Montana’s Fish, Wildlife, and Parks with DU’s 2008 Bronze State Grant Award. DU presented the award to Jeff Hagener, director of the Department, at the 73rd Annual North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
“Montana’s Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has made great strides in aiding conservation
|Jeff Hagener, director of MT Fish & Wildlife Dept., accepts DU’s 2008 Bronze State Grant Award from Don Young, executive vice president of Ducks Unlimited.|
Photo courtesy of George Andrejko, Arizona Game & Fish Dept.
efforts. Their contributions have produced significant, far-reaching results in the Canadian waterfowl breeding areas,” said Dr. Alan Wentz, DU’s Senior Group Manager of Conservation Programs and Communications. “We are proud to recognize the department for their wonderful contribution to conserving wetland habitat.”
The State Grant Awards are given to those states that have passed significant milestones in their financial contributions to protecting waterfowl habitat. Montana’s Fish, Wildlife, and Parks began its partnership with DU in 1985, and has since made a cumulative contribution of over $100,000 to DU’s conservation efforts. The money is matched by Ducks Unlimited and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), and is used to protect breeding grounds for waterfowl that migrate and winter in Montana.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with more than 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.