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Indiana wetlands to benefit from Duke Energy Foundation and DU partnership

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Focus will be on public land habitat enhancement and conservation policy issues in the state

Ann Arbor, Mich.
- December 17, 2008 - Ducks Unlimited recently received a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.  The grant will support the three pillars of Ducks Unlimited; conservation, science, and public policy.  The Duke Energy Foundation has a long history of environmental support in Indiana, and Ducks Unlimited will expand on an already successful partnership with the group to increase important local conservation.

Ducks Unlimited will use the $95,000 grant from Duke Energy to help conserve 800 acres in the Ohio and Mississippi River Confluence, Indiana Rivers and Ohio Rivers focus areas.  Approximately half of this funding will support efforts to enhance, restore, and protect 500 wetland acres on public land.  The other half will support reforestation and protection efforts on 300 acres of bottomland hardwood forests.

Throughout Indiana, large wetland systems have been drained and cleared for agricultural production. Frequently wetlands can be restored simply by reconnecting them to adjacent rivers. In other situations, hydrology has been so altered that active water level management is needed to fully restore wetland functions. In these situations, restoration can include breaking drain tiles, building earthen berms, installing water-control structures, and sometimes adding the ability to pump water to manage water levels.

“Ducks Unlimited is proud to continue its conservation partnership with Duke Energy,” said Michael Sertle, Regional Biologist.  “We admire Duke Energy’s steadfast commitment to habitat conservation for the benefit of Indiana’s wildlife and people.”

The Duke Energy Foundation backs conservation activities within the communities that it serves.  Support of Ducks Unlimited will include direct enhancement, restoration and protection of wetlands and adjacent upland habitats on public land; scientific research to support the priority status of key habitats within Indiana; and expanded public policy efforts aimed at climate change/energy policy and the development and implementation of wise water policy in Indiana.  

With 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.


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Kristin Schrader         734.623.2000      kschrader@ducks.org

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