Ducks Unlimited names Top 100, President's Elite chapters

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 3, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited recently announced the 160 volunteer chapters across the nation being honored with Top 100 and President's Elite standings this year. The Top 100 designation is reserved for the top 100 chapters raising up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission. Chapters raising more than $100,000 are recognized with the President's Elite award.

"Congratulations and thank you to the chapters recognized this year for their extraordinary efforts to raise funds for wetlands and waterfowl conservation," said DU President John Newman. "These volunteers are DU's best of the best, and we are proud to honor their achievements over the past year."

The chapters honored this year earned their spots on the nationally recognized lists out of more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide. DU's grassroots fundraising system has become a model for other conservation organizations worldwide and has helped conserve more than 12 million acres of waterfowl habitat since 1937.

This year's Top 100 and President's Elite chapters also have the distinction of being honored during DU's 75th Anniversary, celebrated with special events and wetland project dedications nationwide. The winning chapters will be recognized during DU's 75th National Convention in Nashville at the end of May, with many chapter representatives in attendance.

"These top chapters are showing that the future of waterfowl populations and the wetlands that filter our drinking water and protect us from flooding are important to them and to their communities," Newman said. "The more money we raise, the more habitat we can conserve and the closer we are to preserving our waterfowl hunting heritage. I would like to personally thank all our Top 100 and President's Elite chapters for their achievements and look forward to seeing them among our distinguished chapters next year."

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. 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. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/ducksunlimitedinc.

Emily Havens
(901) 758-3851
ehavens@ducks.org