Rep. Ron Kind (WI) helps DU celebrate conserving its 100,000th acre in Wisconsin

Photo caption: (From left to right) Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Executive Assistant Scott Gunderson, Rep. Ron Kind (WI), Wisconsin State Chair Nels Swenson, DU Director of Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office Becky Humphries and Wisconsin Major Gift Chair Jeff Maletzke celebrate DU's 100,000th acre conserved in Wisconsin.

In order to celebrate DU's 100,000th acre conserved in Wisconsin, supporters of wetland conservation recently gathered at the 600-acre Meadow Valley Flowage wetland enhancement project in Juneau County. Among those assembled were DU major sponsors and volunteers, project partners and federal representatives.

Several speakers shared the sunny afternoon stage, including Rep. Ron Kind (WI), to discuss the importance of partner organizations working together to ensure successful wetlands conservation and meeting significant milestones that projects like Meadow Valley Flowage represent.

Other speakers at the ceremony included Wisconsin DU State Chairman Nels Swenson, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Executive Assistant Scott Gunderson and DU Great Lakes/Atlantic Region Director Rebecca Humphries.

"Ducks Unlimited has evolved quite a bit since 1992 when we partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on our first project in Wisconsin," said Humphries. "The two constants over the years have been the tremendous dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment of Wisconsin volunteers and our many conservation partners – our biggest assets."

Following the presentations, the sponsors gathered to unveil a bronze plaque near the Meadow Valley Flowage Southeast Management Unit commemorating the supporters and partners who made the project possible. In addition to the 30 DU supporters and their families listed on the plaque, project partners include the Wisconsin DNR, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Stan Plis Sportsman's League, Inc. and DU.