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Ohio Volunteer Deemed Conservationist of the Year!

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Contact:
Kelli Alfano,
Public Affairs Coordinator,
Ducks Unlimited
734-623-2000 or kalfano@ducks.org

Ducks Unlimited Names Ohio Volunteer Larry Paul, Conservationist of the Year

Eastlake, Ohio—March 24, 2006 – On Saturday, Feb. 25, during Ohio Ducks Unlimited’s annual state convention in Eastlake, Ohio, Ducks Unlimited volunteer Larry Paul was honored as Ohio Volunteer Conservationist of the Year. This is the first year that DU’s Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office has presented this award, which recognizes and shows appreciation for exceptional conservation and fund-raising efforts on the part of an Ohio volunteer.

Paul, a retired Colonel in the Army and a former teacher lives in Fremont with his wife Linda. Larry has been a DU volunteer for over 15 years, and currently serves as co-chair for the Fremont Chapter. Like many DU volunteers, Larry’s love of waterfowl started during his childhood when his father introduced him to hunting. Larry still enjoys hunting, but his passion for waterfowl has grown beyond the hunt to include fundraising and habitat conservation.

As a DU volunteer, Larry has assumed a leadership role in planning and hosting fundraising events to support DU’s conservation programs. In 2006, the Fremont Chapter raised over $35,000 – their most successful year to date. In addition to his fundraising activities, Larry has made a personal commitment to sustaining the population of the birds he loves. Each spring Larry enlists friends and family to build, maintain and monitor wood duck boxes in Sandusky Bay and throughout the state. Larry’s enthusiasm for this project has inspired other DU volunteers to follow in his footsteps to improve nesting opportunities for local waterfowl.“The dedication and hard work of all DU volunteers is truly inspiring”, stated Heather Braun, regional biologist for DU. “Larry’s commitment to DU and to improving waterfowl habitat in Ohio is the heart and spirit of our organization”. Ducks Unlimited is proud to recognize Larry with the 2006 Ohio Volunteer Conservationist of the Year award.

For more information, please contact the Great Lakes Atlantic/Regional Office in Ann Arbor, MI at 734-623-2000.

With more than one million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. Since it’s founding in 1937, DU has raised more than $1.5 billion and conserved nearly 11 million acres of critical wildlife habitat across North America. Wetlands are nature’s most productive ecosystems, but the United States has lost more than half of its original wetlands and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres every year.

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