DU CEO Dale Hall discusses economic benefits during media forum

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2011—Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall recently participated in a media forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss the major impact conservation has on America's legacy, economy and people. The event, hosted by America's Voice for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation (AVCRP), promoted a new, comprehensive economic study that showcases how conservation, outdoor recreation and historic preservation create jobs and generate tremendous economic revenue. 

"This study shows the enormous benefits that conservation, recreation and historic preservation provide to America's outdoors and economy," Hall said. "In these tough economic times, it is essential we highlight that our nation's federal parks, refuges and other recreational areas provide many important values for all Americans. These areas not only conserve critical habitat but also help create viable streams of revenue for local economies." 

AVCRP is a coalition of 1,000 organizations and businesses representing tens of millions of citizens with diverse political backgrounds who have united in support of conservation, recreation and preservation programs as a means to sustain and create jobs and improve the economy. 

"This coalition has come together because all of us understand how critical conservation and historic preservation are to America's legacy, economy and people," Hall added. 

Other coalition leaders speaking at the forum included Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy; Bill Meadows, president of the Wilderness Society and Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

The Economics Associated with Outdoor Recreation, Natural Resources Conservation and Historic Preservation in the United States is an extensive study conducted by Southwick Associates in early October. The report's findings not only include figures that reinforce the size and scope of sportsmen's economic impact but also highlight the combined value of outdoor recreation, conservation and historic preservation. These activities combined have helped to create 9.4 million American jobs and generate $107 billion annually in tax revenue. To view the full findings of the study, click here

Ducks Unlimited 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 12 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. Visit the DU website, www.ducks.org for more information.

Emily Tyner