DETROIT, Mich., July 11, 2011 –
Ducks Unlimited Director Becky Humphries joined U.S Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Congressman John Dingell recently in Trenton, Michigan to announce the acquisition of 28-acres for the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge. The Blanchett tract was purchased through a North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)
grant secured and administered by Ducks Unlimited.
"This property came to us through NAWCA, an extremely successful and productive conservation program that stimulates local partnerships like those we're celebrating today," said Humphries. "Because the program is so effective, NAWCA funds are usually tripled or quadrupled on the local level – a great return for federal investment. Now that we've secured the land, our next step is to restore the tract to healthy wetlands through another NAWCA grant currently being planned. Conservation like this really pays for itself, and stimulates 20 million dollars annually in hunting and outdoor-related economic activity in Michigan."
Ducks Unlimited has more than 26,000 members in Michigan
. The money they raise provides matching funds for wetland conservation projects in-state and across the continent. Programs like NAWCA are a true federal investment when matched by these locally-raised funds. On average, non-federal partners contribute $3.20 for every federal dollar invested in NAWCA.
To ensure NAWCA's funding is not eliminated in FY 2012, Ducks Unlimited is encouraging its members to ask their senators and representatives to support funding for NAWCA in Fiscal Year 2012.
For more information on NAWCA and other Ducks Unlimited public policy efforts, visit www.ducks.org/NAWCA
With the addition of the Blanchett Tract, the International Refuge now spans 5,732 acres of land for the public to enjoy in the heart of Detroit, and south to the Ohio border.
The Detroit River International Wildlife refuge acquired the Blanchett tract with the help of Ducks Unlimited with funding by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge offers excellent and ever-expanding opportunities for the American public to connect with the natural world, the goal of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Initiative.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats.
Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever.