Ducks Unlimited and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
commend local conservationists
March 1, 2007 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) supporters in Kentucky celebrated the completion of the
Goose Pond Ridge wetland restoration project on Ballard Wildlife Management
Area (WMA). This project is the result of the dedication and sponsorship of
several DU “Life Sponsor” members and their commitment to providing habitat for
waterfowl in Kentucky.
"It creates an ideal place for ducks to loaf and
feed," said Ballard WMA manager Charlie Wilkins. "By most standards
this is a small project, but it will pay big dividends."
DU and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Resources (KDFWR) began the Goose Pond Ridge project in 2004 with the goal to
improve water management capabilities and water delivery systems. The KDFWR
will manage the 39 acres of restored wetlands for emergent wetland vegetation.
Natural wetland vegetation produces foods like seeds, tubers and aquatic snails
and insects, all of which waterfowl need to support winter and migration energy
demands. Managers will also plant agriculture grains in the area to supplement
foods produced by natural vegetation.
DU officials credit several supporters for shouldering the
Goose Pond Ridge project financing, among them Dr. Charles and Linda Shields,
Drs. Eric and Daniela Shields, Dr. Steven and Deborah McCullough of Paducah; David and Sudie Curtis of Barlow; and the late
Dr. Frank Kolb III formerly of Paducah.
Wetlands are among the richest and most valuable ecosystems
in the world, providing a home to more than 900 wildlife species and a place
for people to enjoy the outdoors. Annually, hundreds of thousands of wetland
acres are still lost continentally. Wetland restoration projects like Goose
Pond Ridge are an example of DUs efforts to reverse this trend. To answer the
challenge to save North America's wetlands,
grasslands and waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited has embarked upon the Wetlands for
Tomorrow campaign, an ambitious continental effort to raise $1.7 billion for
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.
Look for Ducks Unlimited on the
World Wide Web at www.ducks.org.
Tune into “The World of Ducks Unlimited” Radio Network
and watch “Ducks Unlimited
Unlimited WaterDog” on the Versus network.
Contact: Jennifer Kross