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DU's John Tomke reappointed as chairman of federal conservation, hunting council


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Aug. 17, 2012 – John Tomke, former Ducks Unlimited Inc. president and current president of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico, has been reappointed chairman of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (WHHCC) by President Obama. Tomke was first named chairman in July 2010.

John TomkeThe goal of the 18-member WHHCC is to promote and preserve America's hunting heritage for future generations and to provide a forum for sportsmen and women to advise the federal government on policies related to wildlife and habitat conservation. The WHHCC is an official advisory group under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and an official advisory board to the departments of Interior and Agriculture.

"I am extremely honored to be reappointed as chairman of this esteemed council and I look forward to continuing to lead this group dedicated to the future of my lifelong passions—wildlife conservation and hunting," Tomke said. "Hunters and other sportsmen and women are at the heart of our country's conservation efforts, and this council will continue to work hard to honor Americans' outdoor heritage."

Tomke's history with Ducks Unlimited began more than 40 years ago. Along with his Ducks Unlimited de Mexico presidency, he also serves as a member of the DU Inc. board of directors and is a member of the Wetlands America Trust board. He was president of DU Inc. from 2002-2005.

"John Tomke is, without a doubt, one of Ducks Unlimited's most dedicated leaders. His renewed leadership of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council clearly shows how far and wide recognition of his dedication and leadership extends," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "Ducks Unlimited looks forward to continuing to work with the council to ensure wetlands habitat conservation and a strong hunting legacy for generations to come."

Tomke is a native of Bay City, Mich., and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in chemical engineering. Tomke retired from Dow Chemical Corporation as vice president of global operations for Dow AgroSciences. He and his wife, Judy, live in Carmel, Ind.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 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.

Emily Havens
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