Eric Mark honored as Wisconsin Partner of the Year
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis., Jan. 23, 2008 –
One of the keys to Ducks Unlimited’s conservation efforts is its partnerships. From coast to coast, Ducks Unlimited works with partners—individuals, organizations and state and federal agencies—that allow current projects to move forward and foster the initiation of new ones. In Wisconsin, Department of Natural Resources private lands biologist Eric Mark is one such partner. His contributions to wetlands conservation have earned him the title of Ducks Unlimited’s Wisconsin Partner of the Year.
Mark graduated from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, with a major in conservation/resource management and a minor in Geographic Information Systems. He went to work at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) after college and got his first taste of wetland and grassland restoration. He also worked with the WDNR to fight Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer population. Mark joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) staff, restoring waterfowl production areas, before returning to the WDNR. He now works as a private lands biologist, delivering private lands wetland and grassland restorations across northwest Wisconsin.
Mark’s commitment to waterfowl habitat conservation is unprecedented. In 2007, he took a lead role in coordinating a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act proposal, and a $75,000 small grant proposal, both of which were submitted by Ducks Unlimited (DU). Both grants will be used for wetland conservation work in DU’s Northwest Wisconsin Priority Area.
Mark received his Partner of the Year award at DU’s Wisconsin state convention, held at the Wisconsin Dells on Jan. 11. DU Biologist Jason Hill recognized Mark’s efforts as a member of the staff of the WDNR, as well as his personal commitment to preserving Wisconsin’s natural resources.
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 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.
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