North Carolina attorney general awards grant to Ducks Unlimited

RALEIGH, N.C. – July 30, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the North Carolina Attorney General's Office for wetlands restoration on Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land in Wake, Durham and Granville counties. This is the eighth grant DU has received through the Attorney General Roy Cooper's Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) Program.

"This project will improve water quality and restore wetland functions within the Neuse River Basin, a high-priority area under the Environmental Enhancement Grant Program," said DU Director of Conservation Programs Craig LeSchack. "It will also enhance existing wildlife habitat and provide valuable recreational opportunities for the citizens of North Carolina." 

The Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Land is a 40,899-acre state game land surrounding Falls Lake reservoir and managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC).

Ducks Unlimited will partner with NCWRC to develop and implement the restoration project on five wetlands managed to provide habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland-dependent species.

"Wetlands protect water quality, provide critical habitat for wildlife and offer recreational opportunities for the people of North Carolina," Cooper said. "It's important to support projects like this one proposed by Ducks Unlimited that protect our state's natural beauty and natural resources."

Partners on the project include DU, NCWRC and the North Carolina Attorney General's Office. The EEG Program is part of an agreement with Smithfield Foods Inc. Under this agreement, Smithfield and its subsidiary, Murphy Brown LLC, will provide $50 million over 25 years to the Attorney General's Office to improve the environment. Projects are selected on the basis of benefits to rivers and sounds in areas of the state with high concentrations of hog farms.

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.

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