DU recognizes contributions to wetlands, waterfowl conservation


Ducks Unlimited 2016 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award winners David Whitehurst, Ross Melinchuk, Tammy Fairbanks, Shelley Larson, Craig

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 18, 2016 - Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2016 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards today during the 81st annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held in Pittsburgh.

DU's 2016 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards were presented in six categories and recognized individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and restoration of North America's wetlands and waterfowl. DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt presented the awards.

This year's winners:

  • Senior Federal Official: Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment for U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Federal Agency: Tammy Fairbanks, North Dakota realty supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • State/Provincial Agency: Ross Melinchuk, deputy executive director for Natural Resources for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Research /Technical: Dr. Bart M. Ballard, professor and research scientist in the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Conservation/Private Citizen: Craig and Shelley Larson, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Communications: Don Dubuc, Louisiana

"These winners represent how people from various walks of life who have a shared passion can achieve great things for wetlands and waterfowl conservation," Schmidt said. "Ducks Unlimited is honored to recognize their work and we hope their achievements inspire others to follow suit."

To read more about the individual winners, visit www.ducks.org/wetlandawards.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.6 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.

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