Ducks Unlimited Wisconsin chapter honored with wetlands award

MADISON, Wis. (Nov. 28)—Wetlands enthusiasts from around the state gathered recently to recognize individuals and groups whose work advances the protection, restoration, and enjoyment of Wisconsin's wetlands at Wisconsin Wetlands Association's 2011 Annual Membership Meeting and Wetlands Awards Ceremony. Ducks Unlimited's Wisconsin chapter was honored among them.

The chapter received the Wetland Restoration Award for their work on wetland restoration and enhancement projects throughout the state. Over the past 20 years, Ducks Unlimited has completed more than 1,800 projects in Wisconsin, and recently celebrated their 100,000th acre of habitat conserved in the state. Notable recent accomplishments include a 600-acre wetland enhancement project at Meadow Valley Wildlife Area and the Horicon Marsh Initiative, intended to raise $1.5 million for land protection, restoration, and control of invasive species. Becky Humphries, Director of Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office, and Nels Swenson, Wisconsin State Chair accepted the award. 

"We're honored to be recognized by the Wisconsin Wetlands Association," said Swenson. "It's exciting to accept this award on behalf of nearly 36,000 Wisconsin DU members. Their passion for conservation is what brought us here tonight." 

Last year volunteers from Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited raised more than $2 million through fundraisers taking place throughout the state. 

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit 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.

Kristin Schrader