Wetlands America Trust

The goal of Wetlands America Trust is to provide specialized financial and philanthropic support to Ducks Unlimited. It's been that way since WAT was created more than 25 years ago, and it will remain the main focus for decades to come.

WAT's principle role is the fiduciary responsibility for DU's endowment and land holdings, including conservation easements. Not only has WAT been successful with this charge, the trustees have individually taken up the mantle to introduce DU and conservation programs to their friends, family and colleagues.

Three committees lead the day-to-day activities of the Trust. Chaired by Deke Welles, and using the trustees' vast personal and business networks to recruit new hunter-conservationists, the Development Committee undertakes highly individualized and directed fundraising for DU. Past DU President John Tomke chairs the Government Affairs Committee to build strong relationships with policy makers and to educate public officials on policy issues essential to DU's conservation mission, while the Nominating Committee - chaired by Doug Oberhelman - identifies and recommends potential trustees and manages WAT’s governance considerations.

WAT Trustees are all recognized leaders in business and their professions. Each is a passionate waterfowl hunter who is committed to habitat conservation.

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President
Steve Maritz

Vice President
Douglas R. Oberhelman

Secretary/Treasurer
Robert S. Hester Jr.

Chief Operating Officer
Dan Thiel

Trustees
Kevin Albert
Jim Ayers
John W. Berry Jr.
Paul R. Bonderson Jr.
John S. Dale
Bill D'Alonzo
Skipper Dickson
George Dunklin
David F. Grohne
H. Dale Hall
Orrin H. Ingram II
James C. Kennedy
Bruce Lauritzen
W. Bruce Lewis
Steve Maritz
David McLean
John Nau
John Newman
Mark Pine
Dan Ray
Tom A. Seeno
Mark Stitzer
Matthew G. Stuller Sr.
John W. Thompson
John A. Tomke
William E. Walker III
David K. Welles Jr.
Johnny Morris

Emeritus Trustees
Rosemarie Buntrock
Hazard K. Campbell
William B. Dunavant Jr.
Gene M. Henry
Kenneth H. Hofmann
Jim Hulbert
Bruce Lewis
L.J. Mayeux Jr.
Phillip H. McNeill Sr.
Saf Peacock
John R. Pope
Donald L. Rollins
Tod Sedgwick
Reed B. Turner
Julius F. Wall
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Please contact Dan Thiel for more information on Wetlands America Trust:
dthiel@ducks.org or 901-758-3823