CHICAGO – Jan. 17, 2013 – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed Barbara Johnson to the board of directors of the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF). Johnson, also a member of Ducks Unlimited's board of directors, will serve on the volunteer committee that has raised more than $30 million for conservation in Illinois since its formation in 1994.
"Illinois is blessed with magnificent natural resources," Johnson said from her office at Morgan Stanley in Chicago. "My first focus serving with the ICF will be on engaging youth
. Stewarding the next generation of conservationists is critical to ensure that many generations of Americans will enjoy our rivers, wetlands and forests. I can't wait to begin."
Illinois provides important habitat
for ducks and geese. In particular, the wetlands associated with the Illinois and Mississippi rivers provide important migration, breeding and wintering areas for many of the continent's waterfowl species.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. 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 13 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.