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Wisconsin DNR Presents Check for $177,120 to Ducks Unlimited at Annual State Convention
Wisconsin Duck Stamp Funds Support Habitat Conservation in Canada
Ann Arbor, MI – February 1, 2006 – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Secretary Scott Hassett presented Ducks Unlimited (DU) with a check in the amount of $177,120 during the 22nd annual Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited’s state convention held at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. The check represents a portion of this years proceeds from the state’s duck stamp sales.
Each year since 1979, the Wisconsin DNR has contributed one third of its annual duck stamp revenue to Ducks Unlimited for habitat conservation efforts in Canada where 75% of North America’s waterfowl are produced on the Canadian prairie pothole region. Since inception of the program, Wisconsin has contributed over $3.6 million. Each duck stamp dollar is matched at least five times by DU, Inc., DU Canada, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), and other conservation organizations. “The funds we receive from the Duck Stamp program are critical to our conservation efforts. As a non profit organization, we rely on contributions such as this and are extremely grateful to the Wisconsin DNR,” states Ducks Unlimited director of the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office, Bob Hoffman.
The funds are directed to key areas in Manitoba where the majority of Wisconsin’s migratory waterfowl are produced. “We know that a substantial number of waterfowl banded in the Brandon, Manitoba area are subsequently harvested in Wisconsin,” states John Coluccy, DU regional biologist. The Wisconsin duck stamp program has resulted in the conservation of over 850,000 acres of habitat for breeding waterfowl in Canada, which ultimately benefits Wisconsin sportsmen and women, birdwatchers and outdoor enthusiasts.
“Migratory waterfowl are a continental resource and everyone needs to do their share to ensure that future generations can enjoy them,” states Hassett
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. 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.