PORTLAND, Maine, Aug. 10, 2009 – A local Budweiser distributor is adding to the success of a major national campaign for conservation. National Distributors, Inc. made a $1,000 donation to the conservation organization Ducks Unlimited (DU). As part of their ongoing efforts to protect the environment and the world around us, Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch will match this donation and others like it around the country to contribute up to $2 million in support of DU’s “Wetlands for Tomorrow” campaign.
“Ducks Unlimited appreciates local support from National Distributors,” said Craig Ferris, regional biologist for DU. “DU has been working in Scarborough Marsh, Maine’s largest salt marsh, for nearly twenty years with state, federal and local partners.”
The local donation and its match will be directed towards conservation activities at Scarborough Marsh. Scarborough Marsh includes valuable upland and freshwater wetland habitats. Its unusual ecosystem and diversity of wildlife make it an important environmental site. DU has been working with local partners to improve the marsh and restore more of its delicate ecology. Nationally, DU has an ambitious objective to raise $1.7 billion for the “Wetlands for Tomorrow” campaign to restore North America’s wetlands, grasslands and waterfowl. Wetlands conservation is critical for protecting native species and natural habitats for future generations.
“National Distributors is happy to make this donation to Ducks Unlimited and know that it is matched through the Budweiser and Anheuser Busch nationwide program.” said Jeffrey Kane, president of National Distributors Inc., based in South Portland, Maine. “We are committed to conservation and welcome the opportunity to improve wildlife habitat at Scarborough Marsh here in our own community. This contribution is part of a larger effort by our company at making our operation more ‘green’ in all that we do.”
Budweiser is a leading promoter of wildlife and habitat conservation with its “Budweiser Outdoors” program. The brand has supported a variety of outdoor organizations through the years and, combined with Anheuser-Busch wholesalers, has contributed more than $9 million to DU during the past 10 years. In 1995, Budweiser created the “Budweiser Outdoors” program, which has grown to involve seven organizations – including DU. For the past 13 years, Budweiser has recognized the nation’s leading conservationist with the “Budweiser Conservationist of the Year” award.
For more information on Budweiser’s support of conservation and wildlife habitat, visit www.budweiser.com.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with nearly 13 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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