Ducks Unlimited (DU) received a generous gift from the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment. The foundation “promotes action to improve water quality, restore ecological balance, and foster an engaged citizenry within the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay, the Atlantic Coastal Bays, and the West Coast.”
“The value of wetlands is unquestionable. They provide social and economic value, as well as recreational activities,” said Grace Bottitta, manager of conservation programs for DU’s Mid-Atlantic Field Office in Annapolis. “By preserving natural resources, we’re helping to maintain our nation’s long- term economic stability.”
The Chesapeake Bay is facing dangerous trends, and the Campbell Foundation donated to DU with the expectation that their expertise in wetland and habitat restoration will help reverse these trends. DU will use the gift to encourage landowners, farmers, and other community members to take an active role in wetlands conservation in Maryland and throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The gift will also provide funding for public outreach. For example, a public service announcement (PSA) was developed this past fall and will be distributed this month. The PSA, produced by Ken Petretti Productions in New Jersey, details the importance of funding conservation projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and it aims to inform landowners of the federal Farm Bill conservation programs available to them. The content of the PSA is focused on protecting, restoring, and enhancing habitat on marginal agricultural lands, and it encourages landowners to contact our Annapolis-based field office for more information about restoring and protecting their own property. DU hopes that this will help further spread the message of waterfowl and wetland conservation.
For more information about Ducks Unlimited and its conservation programs in the Mid-Atlantic States, please contact us at (410) 224-6620.
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 has lost more than half of its original wetlands—nature’s most productive ecosystem—and continues to lose more than 80,000 acres each year.
Ducks Unlimited…Preserving Our Waterfowling Traditions Through Habitat Conservation
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