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Indiana Volunteer Frank Wolka Jr. Deemed Conservationist of the Year!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Kelli Alfano,
Public Affairs Coordinator,
Ducks Unlimited
734-623-2000 or kalfano@ducks.org

Ducks Unlimited Deems Indiana Volunteer Frank Wolka Jr.,
Conservationist of the Year

Vallonia, IN—April 3, 2006–During Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) annual state convention in Columbus, IN, Ducks Unlimited volunteer, Frank Wolka Jr. was honored as Indiana 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 an Indiana volunteer.

Frank is an outstanding example of volunteerism aimed at making a difference today and for the future. His interests and efforts have focused both on improving habitat for wildlife and people, and insuring future generations understand the value of wetlands. This has been accomplished both through his personal energies and expenditures to restore and conserve the wetlands he owns, but also through continued efforts to expose our youth to the values and benefits of wetlands.

As State Greenwing (youth) Chairman for Indiana, Frank has conceived, arranged and conducted dozens of tours and field trips for youth in Indiana. Examples include goose banding trips in concert with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, hands-on learning lessons with avian predators and their handlers, and weekend-long activities specifically for children at Indiana DU’s State Convention. In all of these efforts, Frank is tireless and focused on creating activities and an atmosphere that interests, educates and inspires children.

As a father and grandfather, Frank’s passion for future generations and wetlands clearly comes through in his words and actions. A long-standing member and volunteer, Frank has served as a DU officer, area chairman and committee member. In addition, Frank was recently selected as the new State Chairman Elect for Indiana DU with his 2-year term beginning in 2007. In all capacities Frank continues to serve with distinction, constantly seeking new ways to attract, retain and inform our young people about the pleasures and values of wild places. Frank is a humble man, never looking for recognition or honor, but always focused on the children, the habitat and the wildlife found there.

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.

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