MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Jan. 30, 2012 – Just in time for Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary on Sunday, President Barack Obama issued a special message to DU and its supporters.
In the letter sent on Jan. 27, President Obama recognized the importance of waterfowl, naming them "among our Nation's most precious treasures." He also emphasized our obligation to be stewards of their habitats.
Since its founding in 1937, DU has conserved, restored and protected more than 12 million acres of wetlands habitat in North America. This habitat is critical to the waterfowl and wildlife that dependent upon it for survival, but its impact goes well beyond that, to public and environmental health.
"By working to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and grasslands across our country, we can help improve the health of our environment and protect the resources so vital to the survival of countless creatures," President Obama wrote.
DU's 75th anniversary celebration began late last week, with the kick-off gala still to come on Feb. 2 in New York City. This letter from the White House is another strong reminder of DU's conservation achievements on the national—and continental—stage.
"We are proud to spend this year celebrating a great moment in DU's history, and we thank President Obama for recognizing DU's efforts and the impact we've made on America's landscape," said Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited. "There is still much to be done to keep our wetlands thriving and we will continue working toward our conservation mission with the support of the president, our members of Congress, partners, supporters and staff across the country."
The president concluded his letter with words of support for DU's conservation mission now and in the future. "As you reflect on Ducks Unlimited's accomplishments over the last 75 years, I hope you take pride in your commitment to ensuring America's wildlife thrives for generations to come," he said.
A special 75th anniversary section of the DU website, located at http://www.ducks.org/75, provides a comprehensive chronicling of the organization's conservation legacy. The site features an interactive timeline of DU's history, a schedule of anniversary events to be held this year and special video messages from DU's partners and supporters, as well as other exclusive updates to come throughout 2012.
Read the full text of the president's letter to Ducks Unlimited (PDF)
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. 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.