Ducks Unlimited (DU) volunteer Ed Moxley was honored as Ohio Volunteer Conservationist of the Year on Feb. 24, during DU’s annual state convention in Eastlake. Each year the award is presented by the DU Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office to recognize and show appreciation for exceptional conservation and fundraising efforts on the part of an Ohio DU volunteer.
Moxley has been a longtime friend of the ducks. Through his commitment as a DU volunteer, including a term as Ohio’s State Chairman (the highest DU volunteer position in the state), his current position on the board of DU Canada and his personal wetland restoration and management efforts, Moxley has had a major impact not only in Ohio, but also across North America.
Moxley and his wife Sue have owned much of the wetlands on their Erie County property for 35 years. But his mission to restore the entire area wasn’t realized until 2006.
“We had this area of suitable land that could be restored to marsh, but the out-of-pocket expenses to do so were beyond our reach,” said Moxley. “The Wetland Reserve Program provided us an opportunity to protect our wetlands in perpetuity, and funding through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and other partners allowed us to fulfill all the wetland potential on the property.”
In 2006, Moxley completed the enhancement of 224 acres and the restoration of 25 acres with funding from NAWCA, the Ohio EPA 319 Program, Ohio Division of Wildlife, and DU.
“Ed Moxley deserves great accolades for his personal commitment to conservation. The wetland enhancement and restoration work on his own land is a testament to what can be accomplished when federal, state, and private organizations and individuals partner with one another,” said Bob Hoffman, director of DU’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office. “Ed has also played a prominent role among DU volunteers in Ohio and Canada, making him a clear choice for this year’s Volunteer Conservationist of the Year award.”
In fall 2006, Moxley traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional representatives and other government leaders to share his story and talk about the importance of wetland conservation. He has also hosted countless tours and media events on his property, proudly demonstrating the effectiveness of DU and other conservation programs.
For more information, please contact the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office at (734) 623-2000.
Contact: Kelli Alfano
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