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Ducks Unlimited, ODWC complete improvements to tenth wetland area

Oklahoma wetlands provide important habitat for waterfowlOKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 17, 2009 – For more than 15 years, Ducks Unlimited has worked with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to secure the future of waterfowl habitat and Oklahoma's hunting heritage. Soon to be completed improvements on Waurika Wildlife Management Area make it the tenth WMA to benefit from the partnership. The completed project will allow area managers to provide quality hunting opportunities on over 120 acres of seasonal wetlands.

"Improvements to the Beaver Creek Wetland Development Unit at the Waurika WMA are wrapping up and should be completed soon," said DU Manager of Conservation Programs Eric Held. "Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation have worked together to ensure this area will continue to provide waterfowl hunting opportunities for Oklahoma's sportsmen for years to come."

This is the tenth state WMA in Oklahoma on which Ducks Unlimited's engineers and biologists have provided the professional services required to complete wetland habitat improvements.

"DU's expertise has been invaluable, and their engineering and financial support have played a critical role in restoring and enhancing habitat on our publicly-managed wetland projects," said Alan Peoples, chief of wildlife for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Since 1995, improvements have been made to nearly 8,000 acres of wetland habitat at the Copan, Eufaula, Fort Cobb, Hackberry, McClellan-Kerr, Mountain Park, Oologah, Red Slough, Waurika and Wister Wildlife Management Areas.

Ducks Unlimited conservation staff is able to provide professional services as a result of the support garnered by its many volunteers and members, at a direct cost of more than $675,000.

"Ducks Unlimited's many supporters throughout Oklahoma have provided the funding that allows these projects to take place" stated Charles Hurlburt, DU State Chairman. "Seven additional wetland projects are underway and being led by DU engineers and biologists."

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 nearly 13 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.

Andi Cooper
601-206-5463
acooper@ducks.org

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