WHO: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
WHAT: Secretary Salazar will sign the 2012 Revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), reaffirming his commitment to one of the largest and most successful continental conservation initiatives ever undertaken. The secretary will hold a "Town Hall" meeting after the signing ceremony.
WHERE: 75th Ducks Unlimited National Convention; Tennessee Ballroom; Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214
WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2012, 10:30-11:40 a.m.
WHY: First adopted in 1986, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan is an international agreement for conserving migratory waterfowl throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. It has remained a leading model for other international conservation plans, in large measure because it is an evolving document that is updated periodically with engagement of the waterfowl conservation community.
Secretary Salazar will conduct the signing of the plan's revision during DU's 75th anniversary celebration to recognize the organization's long history of wetlands and waterfowl conservation success and its involvement in shaping NAWMP over the years.
The plan is implemented largely by public-private partnerships known as the Migratory Bird Joint Ventures. As of 2011, the joint ventures in the United States and Canada had collectively conserved more than 25 million acres of habitat. Over the course of their history, 18 U.S. joint venture partnerships have leveraged every dollar of congressional funds at a ratio of $35:$1.
For more information on NAWMP, please visit www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/NAWMP/index.shtm.
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. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/ducksunlimitedinc.