After 72 years, DU remains world's leader in wetlands conservation
Memphis, Tenn. – Jan. 29, 2009 – Ducks Unlimited hatched from the minds of waterfowl hunters 72 years ago today and continues to conserve habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. The organization's goals have remained the same over the years, and its vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever echoes across the continent from the prairie pothole region to the Gulf Coast.
Ducks Unlimited is justifiably proud of our history as the leader in wetlands conservation and our waterfowl-hunting heritage. The on-the-ground effort from volunteers and staff during the last 72 years has greatly influenced the way the entire continent views conservation. That is one of our greatest accomplishments and we aim to continue to put all our efforts into conservation, including how conservation decisions are made in the state and federal legislative arenas.
DU began during the Dust Bowl era, when habitat conditions were very bleak. Before Federal Duck Stamps and other fund-raising sources, DU members, among many others, raised money to give back to waterfowl habitat and conserve a resource they understood needed protection. The organization has since blossomed into the model of hunter-based conservation organizations, hosting more than 4,500 fund-raising events annually with 3,500 volunteer chapters in the United States and approximately 1,000 more in Canada.
DU has conserved more than 12 million acres in North America since 1937 and has completed projects in all 50 states, as well as Mexico and all of the Canadian provinces and territories. Wetlands across the continent have benefited from the organization's success, and with the help of the more than 1 million supporters, the organization tackles new issues every day.
In many respects we set the standard, and for the last 72 years, we have continued to grow and put more and more money into habitat. Even after 72 years, through the good times and the bad, we are still able to put 88 cents of every dollar we receive directly into habitat. That's good for waterfowl and waterfowl hunters.
Happy Birthday Ducks Unlimited!
Dr. James Hulbert
Chairman of the Board
D.A. (Don) Young
Executive Vice President