FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kelli Alfano,
Public Affairs Coordinator,
734-623-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ducks Unlimited Deems New York Volunteer
Conservationist of the Year
Albion, New York —April 12, 2006 –During Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) annual state convention in Wading River, New York Ducks Unlimited volunteer, Ed Fiorino was honored as New York Conservationist of the Year! Each year the award is presented by the DU Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office to recognize and show appreciation for exceptional conservation and fund-raising efforts on the part of a New York volunteer.
Ed Fiorino is currently the NY State Vice Chair and a long time member and volunteer for DU. He has founded committees in many key areas of western NY and has held several volunteer positions throughout his 35-year involvement with DU serving as Area Chair and District Chair numerous times. His commitment to waterfowl and wetland conservation is admirable. From chairing the NYS Waterfowl Council, Citizens Waterfowl Season Setting Task Force and Youth Waterfowl Hunters Training to volunteering at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge to protecting and managing his own wetlands, Ed’s list of accomplishments and activities that prove his commitment to conservation is endless!
One of Ed’s greatest contributions to Ducks Unlimited is the hundreds of folks that he has personally recruited to volunteer ranks. In particular, during a DU leadership retreat 30 volunteer leaders serving in key roles all went around the room and identified who recruited them to DU. More than half had been recruited by Ed! Volunteers are the backbone of DU and Ed has been building that backbone in Western NY through his efforts on recruiting. Just think how many acres have been conserved because of Ed just through the recruitment of new volunteers!
As if that isn’t enough, Ed has also taught thousands of youth about decoys, calling, carving and the art of waterfowl. He has stood at countless Greenwing events teaching kids through rain and
beating sun. He has sat and stood for thousands of hours at booths singing the praises of waterfowl conservation. He has donated countless personal carvings to numerous DU events to raise dollars for the ducks. He has traveled many thousands of miles at his own expense for DU and waterfowl. Anytime a DU staff person asks Ed he pitches in, from carrying beer to having very difficult discussions, Ed is a man we count on! This year Ed is awarded the DU Volunteer Conservationist of the Year for New York State. Congratulations Ed!
For more information, please contact the Great Lakes Atlantic/Regional Office in Ann Arbor, MI at 734-623-2000.
With more than one million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. Wetlands are nature’s most productive ecosystems, but the United States has lost more than half of its original wetlands and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres every year.