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Project completed on Lake Woodruff NWR

DELAND, Fla., April 9, 2007 - A new wetland conservation project on Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge is finished. Project partners, Ducks Unlimited (DU), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Progress Energy celebrated the milestone at a dedication held on the refuge near Deland, Florida.

“The project improves the ability to manipulate water depths on 450 acres on Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge,” said Craig LeSchack, DU director of conservation programs in Florida. “These partnerships make projects like this one a success.”

 

Progress Energy North Central Region Vice President Dave Maxon (left) and DU South Atlantic Senior Vice President John Pope John Pope (right) celebrate completion of Lake Woodruff Restoration.


The refuge holds large concentrations of ducks, wading birds, raptors and deer. It is home to endangered and threatened species including the manatee, snail kite, wood stork, bald eagle and American alligator.

At the dedication, DU Senior Flyway Vice President John Pope presented Dave Maxon, vice president for the north central region of Progress Energy, with the Diamond Sponsor Award. The award recognizes the energy company’s contributions to conservation projects in Florida and North Carolina.

"Progress Energy is honored to have been a part of the wetland conservation project on Lake Woodruff," said Maxon. “We are very excited about the work that Ducks Unlimited is doing to protect watersheds and land in Florida while enhancing the quality of public recreational opportunities."

Three water control structures and a pump were installed. The new improvements will allow USFWS managers to control flooding and water depth independently in three wetland areas.

This will improve diversity of aquatic plants and natural foods that benefit a variety of wildlife. It will also improve water quality, control unwanted plants and reduce sedimentation.

DU Florida Chairman Elect Ralph Putnam and refuge manager Howard Morrow also attended the dedication.

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with almost 12 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.

Contact: Jennifer Kross
601.206.5449
jkross@ducks.org


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