Greenbush, VA Landowner Receives
National Recognition In Washington, D.C.
Greenbush, VA – Sept. 15, 2006 – Tim and Susan Brown of Greenbush, Virginia received national recognition at a ceremony celebrating the 20th Anniversaries of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) of the Farm Bill. The 20/20 Vision ceremony, sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever, was held Wednesday September 13th on Capitol Hill. The Browns received a special recognition certificate from the federal agencies, and Tim and Susan attended several meetings with Congressional members and staff and administration officials during their two-day visit.
Tim Brown and his wife Susan have owned their 632-acre farm in Accomack County for 12 years. The Browns used several programs on their farm to enhance the land for wildlife and water quality to the Chesapeake Bay. Through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), a key funding program for NAWMP, the Browns had 2 wetland restoration projects completed totaling 9 acres. The Ducks Unlimited NAWCA grant helped the Browns restore a poorly drained farmland that produced low annual crop yields back to an invaluable wetland.
Tim and Susan also established 16 acres of warm season grasses along Hunting Creek through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Their main motivation for the projects was the pure enjoyment of seeing more waterfowl and wildlife on their property and to help clean up the water entering the Chesapeake. Tim and Susan are so passionate about conservation that they also donated a conservation easement on the property to ensure long-term protection for future generations.
“Tim and Suzi Brown deserve great accolades for the conservation work they have done on their property. They are a testament to what can be accomplished when federal, state and private organizations and individuals partner with one another,” said Grace Bottitta, DU’s Mid-Atlantic manager of Conservation Programs who attended the ceremony with the Browns. “The Browns are very deserving of this award, and we appreciate the conservation legacy they have established on their property for future generations of waterfowl and people along the Chesapeake Bay.”
For 20 years, the Conservation Reserve Program and the North American Waterfowl Management Plan have been used to conserve and restore waterfowl and wildlife habitat all across the United States. Through grants and incentives, landowners have improved upon their existing property to make it more viable habitat and improve water quality on over 24 million acres.
The open spaces and wetland areas provided through the Conservation Reserve Program and grants through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the authorizing vehicle of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, support thousands of species of waterfowl and wildlife through conservation easements and public-private partnerships. The plant and aquatic vegetation that live in the wetlands also improve water quality by filtering out pollutants such as arsenic and mercury.
Ducks Unlimited is working with Congress to ensure the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and the Farm Bill’s Conservation Reserve and Wetland Reserve programs can conserve land and habitat for another 20 years.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. 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.