The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife presented a $150,671 check to Ducks Unlimited (DU) in support of Ontario waterfowl production habitat development during the Ducks Unlimited Annual Convention in Eastlake on Feb. 24. The amount reflects 40 percent of the revenue from Ohio wetland habitat stamps purchased by hunters and other conservationists in 2006, and supports the conservation of waterfowl production habitat in southwest Ontario every year.
“Ducks Unlimited is the world leader in wetlands conservation, not only here in Ohio, but in Canada and throughout North America as well,” said Steven A. Gray, chief of the Ohio Division of Wildlife. “Ohio has been a longtime contributor to DU habitat projects, which produce many of the ducks that migrate through Ohio each spring and fall.”
In the spirit of partnership, DU matches the Ohio donation dollar-for-dollar, and then works with Ducks Unlimited Canada to match this combined amount with U.S. federal dollars from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), resulting in a 4-to-1 match of Ohio dollars. The amount is further leveraged by Canadian partners, including DU Canada.
Habitat projects, including land acquisition, conservation easements, wetland restorations on public and private lands and habitat enhancements are developed in key waterfowl-producing areas in southwest Ontario. In summer 2006, the Ohio Division of Wildlife and DU held a project dedication and tour in southern Ontario to celebrate this productive partnership.
“The Ohio Division of Wildlife and the sportsmen and sportswomen of the state are to be commended for their commitment to waterfowl conservation in Ontario, where many of their birds originate,” said Dr. Robert Hoffman, director of DU’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office. “We will continue to work with Ohio to ensure adequate breeding habitat in Canada and migration habitat in Ohio, so that the skies will be filled with waterfowl today and tomorrow.”
For more information, please contact the DU Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office at (734) 623-2000.
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