MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Feb. 7, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) is proud to announce it has reached a conservation milestone with more than 13 million acres of habitat conserved in North America
. The groundbreaking number is a cumulative accomplishment of the millions of DU members, as well as volunteers and partners, who have been a part of the organization over the past 76 years.
"Coming on the heels of DU's 75th anniversary year, this milestone is a fitting tribute to the hard work of each and every member, volunteer and staff member who has contributed in any way over the past three-quarters of a century," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "If not for their dedication and commitment to conservation, this accomplishment would not have been possible."
Such conservation gains did not come easily in the face of ongoing threats to waterfowl and their habitats. Loss of wetlands and other waterfowl habitats across North America
is a challenge DU volunteers take seriously, and their efforts will not stop now.
"DU's on-the-ground habitat conservation work, science and policy efforts, and the hard work of all waterfowl conservationists will never be more important than in the years ahead," said Dr. Scott Yaich, DU's director of conservation operations. "DU, along with our waterfowl conservation partners, must build upon the progress that resulted in 13 million acres conserved."
The groundbreaking number is a perfect example of how much can be achieved when hunters and others with a passion for waterfowl and wetlands conservation work together for a common goal. DU's mission has always been to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitat for North America's waterfowl, and this milestone is a direct reflection of that statement.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.