Phoenix, AZ – April 2, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited awarded the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation with DU’s 2008 Gold State Grant Award. DU presented the award to Richard Hatcher, Assistant Director of the Department, at the 73rd Annual North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
"Oklahoma hunters recognize the importance of protecting and restoring
|Richard Hatcher (left), assistant director of the OK Dept. of Wildlife Conservation, accepts DU’s 2008 Gold State Grant Award from Don Young (right), executive vice president of Ducks Unlimited.|
Photo courtesy of George Andrejko, Arizona Game & Fish Dept.
Canadian wetlands to ensure healthy waterfowl populations,” said Hatcher. “The Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation is proud of our long-standing partnership with Ducks Unlimited in support of waterfowl and wetlands habitat conservation in Prairie Canada."
The State Grant Awards are given to those states that have passed significant milestones in their financial contributions to protecting waterfowl habitat. Oklahoma’s Department of Wildlife Conservation began partnering with DU in 1992, and has since made a cumulative contribution of $1,000,000 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 Oklahoma.
“Our partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife has produced visible, on-the-ground 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 outstanding commitment to conservation.”
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.
Look for Ducks Unlimited on the World Wide Web at www.ducks.org. Tune into “The World of Ducks Unlimited” Radio Network and watch “Ducks Unlimited Television” and “Ducks Unlimited WaterDog” on the Versus network.