MEMPHIS, Tenn. – June 19, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited President George Dunklin Jr. recently joined other conservation leaders for a meeting with President George H. W. Bush to commemorate his lifelong commitment to conservation. The group – led by Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris – met with President Bush in Kennebunkport, Maine, and enjoyed a day of fishing.
"It was an amazing trip, and not one that I will soon forget," Dunklin said. "During his time in office President Bush did so much for conservation, and wetlands in particular. To be able to thank him personally as the president of DU and an avid duck hunter was truly an honor."
While in office, Bush signed the North American Wetlands Conservation Act into law in 1989, established 56 new national wildlife refuges, restored 3 million acres of wetlands, protected 17.8 million acres of public lands and signed the Clean Air Act reauthorization requiring cleaner burning fuels.
During the meeting, Dunklin presented President Bush with a framed print and a letter from DU CEO Dale Hall.
"Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend the meeting, but I certainly wanted President Bush to know how appreciative DU is for the legislation he signed into law 25 years ago," Hall said. "With one stroke of a pen, President Bush did more for waterfowl and wetlands conservation than his predecessors had in the previous decades. He is a true advocate for conservation, and established the first policy goal of 'no net loss of wetlands.' Duck hunters and conservationists across the nation owe President Bush a debt of gratitude, and I was honored to be able to send him a personal letter of thanks."
Also in attendance during the meeting were Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Matt Connolly, President of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust; Michael Nussman CEO of the American Sportfishing Association; Tom Bradbury, executive director of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and Ken Raynor, golf professional, avid angler and close friend of President Bush.
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.