SportDOG Brand announces recipients of 2009 Conservation Fund grants

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Feb. 2, 2010 – SportDOG Brand® has awarded $19,300 to four conservation groups as part of its annual SportDOG Conservation Fund® grant program. Award recipients were chosen by the company's Conservation Fund Grant Review Committee.

Ducks Unlimited will receive $5,000 to help support improved waterfowl production and water quality in northeastern Indiana. The project encompasses 47 acres of emergent wetlands and 222 acres of associated grasslands on private lands.

"Once again we received a huge variety of applications, and as always it was tough to narrow down the finalists," said Gary Williams, SportDOG Brand's Conservation Fund coordinator. "We're excited about being able to contribute to these types of projects that benefit wildlife for generations to come."

Recognizing the need for support of grassroots organizations that work with state, federal, and private wildlife and land management agencies to conserve wild game populations and critical habitat, SportDOG Brand® created the SportDOG Conservation Fund® as a way to support conservation organizations and projects its customers care about.

For more information on the SportDOG Brand Conservation Fund® or grant recipients, visit sportdog.com. Conservation leaders interested in learning about future grants are encouraged to contact Gary Williams at gwilliams@sportdog.net.