Mississippi senators recognize DU's 75 years of conservation success

JACKSON, Miss. – April 20, 2012 – Mississippi Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, along with Arkansas Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman, have issued a Senate resolution recognizing the 75th anniversary of Ducks Unlimited and lauding the organization's history of conservation success in the state and across North America. The resolution was passed on Thursday.

"We are honored that Senators Wicker and Cochran have chosen to commemorate DU's 75 successful years in the conservation business with this resolution," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "The senators are great partners of ours, and we look forward to continuing our strong relationship for the benefit of waterfowl, other wildlife and people in Mississippi."

The Senate resolution outlines DU's history, from its humble beginnings in the drought-plagued 1930s to its strong membership and volunteer base and its support of local conservation, community priorities, outreach and education.

The resolution also emphasizes DU's dedication to preserving America's waterfowl hunting heritage. Waterfowl hunters and other sportsmen contribute more than $86 billion per year to the U.S. economy to pursue their outdoor passions. Ducks Unlimited has been committed to protecting these traditions for the past 75 years since a small group of waterfowlers formed DU back in 1937.

"The outstanding work by Ducks Unlimited over the last 75 years has helped preserve America's duck hunting tradition by protecting critical habitat for waterfowl," Wicker said. "Generations of Mississippians have learned the important lessons that hunting teaches, and responsible conservation can ensure future generations will have the same opportunities."

DU has conserved more than 289,000 acres of critical waterfowl habitat in Mississippi with the support of more than 8,300 members in the state, and a contingent of hard-working volunteers at the heart of the effort.

"Ducks Unlimited has been successful because it works cooperatively with landowners and communities on conservation projects," Cochran said. "Mississippi and the nation have benefitted from its endeavors, and it is fitting that the Senate help commemorate the diamond anniversary of Ducks Unlimited."

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
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