DU honors Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission for contributions to conservation

Phoenix, AZ – April 2, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited awarded the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with DU’s 2008 Bronze State Grant Award. DU presented the award to Ken Haddad, executive director of the Commission, at the 73rd Annual North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

“Our partnership with Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has

Ken Haddad (left), executive director of the FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission accepts the 2008 Bronze State Grant Award from Don Young (right), executive vice president of DU.
Photo courtesy of George Andrejko, Arizona Game & Fish Dept.
produced visible, on-the-ground results in the Canadian waterfowl breeding areas. We are especially pleased about how the Commission has contributed so much in a relatively short span of time,” said Dr. Alan Wentz, DU’s Senior Group Manager of Conservation Programs and Communications. “We are proud to recognize the department for their outstanding commitment to conservation.”

The State Grant Awards are given to those states that have passed significant milestones in their financial contributions to protecting waterfowl habitat. Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began partnering with DU in 2002, and has since made a cumulative contribution of $100,000 to DU’s conservation efforts. The money is matched by Ducks Unlimited and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), and is used to protect breeding grounds for waterfowl that migrate and winter in Florida.

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is proud to receive recognition for our contributions to this fine program,” said Haddad. “We all know that many of Florida’s waterfowl absolutely depend on Canadian wetlands for their survival and it is imperative that these habitats be nurtured and protected. We all must contribute to make that happen.”

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

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Laura Houseal
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