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Do you want more out of your land?

Are you a landowner who has issues with expiring CRP, farming marginal cropland, conserving habitat, or just wants more from your land? Ducks Unlimited’s conservation program biologists may have solutions for you. DU has biologists who specialize in conservation programs in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. These biologists work with landowners to provide technical assistance and guidance on federal, state and private conservation programs.

Ducks Unlimited manager receives Coastal Stewardship Awards

LAFAYETTE, La. – March 23, 2016 – The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) selected Mike Carloss as the 2016 Distinguished Service Coastal Stewardship Award winner. Carloss is Ducks Unlimited's manager of conservation programs for coastal Louisiana.

The Mosaic Company Foundation supports Ducks Unlimited nutrient management program in Mississippi Alluvial Valley

LAFAYETTE, La. – February 22, 2016 – The Mosaic Company Foundation recently committed $600,000 over three years to support on-farm improvements for rice growers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri. Through the USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership, producers in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley will have the opportunity to increase sustainability and profitability on their farms.

Senate Bill Introduced to Aid California Drought

California Senators Feinstein and Boxer introduced the California Emergency Drought Relief Act as a way to mitigate the devastating effects of the drought crippling California.

DU Research Crew Continues Brood Surveys in North Dakota

The Ducks Unlimited research crew is currently conducting brood surveys on 64 study plots across northwest North Dakota. Each plot is four square miles and encompasses several wetland basins. So far, researchers have visited more than 2,800 wetlands on 46 study plots.

DUMAC Celebrates Gift from Bisbee's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund

Ducks Unlimited de México (DUMAC) and the Plano, Texas–based Bisbee's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund are embarking on a long-term partnership to sustain and restore Mexico's north Pacific coast mangrove swamps and tidal estuaries. A $165,000 grant from the Bisbee's fund will allow DUMAC, Ducks Unlimited Inc., the state government of Sinaloa, and local organizations to create a comprehensive plan to help guide sustainable development of the shrimp industry and restore degraded marshes and swamps.

Federal Duck Stamp Legislation

Recently, bipartisan companion bills were introduced in the House and Senate to increase the price of the federal duck stamp. DU strongly supports this effort to ensure that the investment waterfowl hunters have made toward protecting waterfowl habitat over the last 80 years is not eroded, and that the conservation tradition of this stamp will continue. Contact your elected officials today and ask them to be a co-sponsor for this important legislation.

DU Scientist Wins International Canvasback Award

North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) officials recently presented Dr. Frederic (Fritz) Reid, director of conservation programs in DU's Western Region, with an International Canvasback Award in recognition of his lifelong efforts and achievements on behalf of waterfowl habitat conservation.

Dale Hall named Bass Pro Shops Conservation Partner of the Year

Ducks Unlimited (DU) CEO Dale Hall has been named Bass Pro Shops' 2013 Conservation Partner of the Year. Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro, recently presented Hall with the prestigious award during a special ceremony at Bass Pro's national headquarters in Springfield, Mo.

Brakhage takes lead in Ducks Unlimited’s Great Lakes and Atlantic Region

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Dec. 9, 2013 – David Brakhage has been named the director of operations for Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes and Atlantic Region. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of DU's work in the region’s 21 states, including habitat conservation, research, engineering and public policy.

Tom Moorman to lead Ducks Unlimited conservation in Southern Region

RIDGELAND, Miss. – Oct. 1, 2013 – Tom Moorman, Ph.D., has been selected to replace the retiring Curtis Hopkins, Ph.D., as director of operations for Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region. Moorman will oversee DU's conservation delivery in 13 states.

DU CEO Dale Hall on the Federal Duck Stamp

A letter from Ducks Unlimited Chief Executive Officer Dale Hall on the eve of the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition in Maumee, Ohio, September 27-28.

Ducks Unlimited applauds improvements in Great Lakes funding

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Aug. 2, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited appreciates the passage of an amendment to provide $210 million to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) program. Previously a subcommittee had reduced funding for the successful program to $60 million.

Boreal Forest takes center stage during Wetlands America Trust meeting

North America's Boreal Forest is the world's largest remaining intact, productive ecosystem encompassing more than 1.5 billion acres of forest, wetlands, lakes and streams that remain largely pristine but potentially threatened. To see firsthand the ongoing efforts to conserve this vital ecosystem that accounts for 25 percent of the world's remaining intact forest and more than a fourth of the world’s wetlands, members of Ducks Unlimited's Wetlands America Trust (WAT) board chose the location for their annual spring meeting. Discussions during the three-day gathering centered on the Boreal Forest's importance to North America's wildlife and people.

DU celebrates first sale of 2013-2014 federal duck stamps

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - June 27, 2013 - The new 2013-2014 federal duck stamp goes on sale this Friday, June 28. The stamps, which cost $15, are valid through June 30, 2014. Purchased by millions of waterfowl hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and collectors every year, duck stamps help raise money to purchase and protect wetlands for ducks, geese and other wildlife species.

Gov. Snyder signs bills protecting hunting, fishing rights

LANSING, Mich. – May 8, 2013 – Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate bills 288 and 289 into law today. The bills allow the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to name game species, protect citizens' rights to hunt and fish and were supported by Michigan's conservation community.

LDWF recognized for $10M contribution to waterfowl habitat restoration

LAFAYETTE, La. – April 2, 2013 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) recently received recognition for their cumulative $10 million contribution supporting wetlands restoration on Canadian breeding grounds important to Louisiana's waterfowl.

DU's Western Region Celebrates 100,000-Acre Milestone

Ducks Unlimited's Western Regional Office recently celebrated a major milestone as it surpassed the 100,000-acre mark for waterfowl habitat conserved or protected in the Pacific Northwest. "To put it in perspective, that's roughly 76,000 football fields," said Mark Biddlecomb, DU's direction of operations in the region.

Senate Agriculture Committee chair recognized with 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award

WASHINGTON - March 29, 2013 - Sen. Debbie Stabenow (MI), chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, was presented last Friday with the 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award, one of Ducks Unlimited's highest honors.

DU recognizes DNR Wildlife Manager Randy Markl

LAMBERTON, Minn. – Dec. 21, 2012 – Minnesota DNR wildlife professional Randy Markl was recognized recently for his many years of dedication to wetlands and waterfowl conservation with Ducks Unlimited's 2012 Minnesota Conservation Partner of the Year award. The award was presented to Markl at a DNR southern regional wildlife staff meeting by Jon Schneider, DU manager of conservation programs for Minnesota.

Take action to secure sportsmen's future!

The U.S. Senate voted in September to advance critical legislation, the Sportsmen's Act of 2012 (S. 3525), when they return Tuesday, Nov. 13 for the lame duck session. Ducks Unlimited urges you to contact your Senators today and ask them to pass the Sportsmen's Act.

Conservation leaders work together to ensure future for waterfowl in boreal forest

As part of the organizations' ongoing partnership to protect key waterfowl habitats in Canada's boreal forest, Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall and The Pew Charitable Trusts CEO Rebecca Rimel teamed up to write a special report for CNN.com addressing the new strategic plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) announced by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Aug. 13.

DU applauds Senate passing 2012 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - June 21, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced its appreciation today following the U.S. Senate's 64-35 passage of the 2012 Farm Bill. The $969.9 billion bipartisan bill maintained a conservation title that will benefit wildlife and people. Critical conservation initiatives include the Conservation Reserve Program, a conservation easement program with a strong wetland component, a regional partnership program aimed at improving water quality and a Sodsaver provision. The Senate also moved to link eligibility for federally subsidized crop insurance to compliance with conservation practices.

Ducks Unlimited appreciates introduction of sportsmen's legislation

WASHINGTON - June 8, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited appreciates the recent introduction to the Senate of a package of bills on behalf of sportsmen and women. The Sportsmen's Act of 2012 was offered by Sens. Jon Tester (Montana) and John Thune (South Dakota), proposing improved public access, sustainable habitat for fish and wildlife and increased funding for natural resource conservation. The collection of bills is being presented as an amendment to the 2012 Farm Bill.

Groendyke confirmed to sixth term on Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Senate Tourism and Wildlife Committee voted May 15 to confirm longtime Wildlife Commissioner John D. Groendyke of Enid, Okla., to serve a sixth term as a member of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Interior Secretary renews commitment to waterfowl conservation at 75th DU National Convention

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - June 1, 2012 - Yesterday at the 75th Anniversary Ducks Unlimited National Convention, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar signed the 2012 Revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), reaffirming the country's commitment to one of the largest and most successful continent-wide conservation initiatives ever undertaken.

DU backs Sodsaver legislation

Ducks Unlimited supports newly introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at protecting native grasslands at high risk of being converted to cropland.

Louisiana legislators approve 2012 Coastal Master Plan

On May 22, the Louisiana legislature unanimously approved the updated, $50 billion, 50-year Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast, aimed at stopping coastal land loss in Louisiana, the last step in an approval process that began in January.

Media Advisory: Interior Secretary Salazar to approve NAWMP revision, hold "Town Hall" meeting during DU National Convention in Nashville

Secretary Salazar will sign the 2012 Revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), reaffirming his commitment to one of the largest and most successful continental conservation initiatives ever undertaken. The secretary will hold a "Town Hall" meeting after the signing ceremony.

Ducks Unlimited joins other conservation, sportsmen's groups in support of Sodsaver

In a letter submitted this week, hunting and fishing and conservation groups urged House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (OK) and ranking member Collin Peterson (MN) to adopt the Farm Bill's Sodsaver provision to promote "responsible stewardship of agricultural land and direct program benefits to acreage that is most suited for crop production."

New Senate bill pushes NAWCA one step closer to reauthorization

WASHINGTON - March 30, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited is applauding the efforts of a bipartisan group of senators who this week released S. 2282, legislation that would reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) through 2017.

Ducks Unlimited receives Conservation Champion Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 23, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited Inc. and Ducks Unlimited Canada were honored with a Conservation Champion Award on March 21 at the North American Migratory Bird Joint Venture 25th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, D.C.

Ducks Unlimited conservation leader receives international NAWMP award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 22, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt received the North American Waterfowl Management Plan's (NAWMP) International Canvasback Award last week for his significant long-term contributions to the implementation of NAWMP's conservation activities throughout North America.

"Caller-Times" columnist David Sikes honored at 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta. This year's winner in the Communications category is David Sikes, outdoors columnist for the "Corpus Christi Caller-Times."

DU recognizes Interior Secretary Salazar with achievement award

WASHINGTON - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited has awarded one of its highest honors to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Wildlife and Fisheries Chief Joe Kramer honored at 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

GREAT BEND, Kan. - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta. This year's winner in the State/Provincial Agency category is Joe Kramer, chief of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Wildlife and Fisheries Division.

Twelve DU conservation projects receive NAWCA grant approval from MBCC, six more from NAWCC

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC) met last week and approved more than $24.5 million in federal grants under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) for partnership-based conservation projects that will protect, restore and enhance more than 146,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats across the United States and Mexico.

DU seeks Senate sponsor, House co-sponsors to reauthorize NAWCA

With an expiration date of Sept. 30 looming for NAWCA, DU is seeking additional House of Representatives co-sponsors to back H.R. 1960, a bill to reauthorize NAWCA through 2017.

Minnesota Congressional Representatives Meet with National Ducks Unlimited Leaders

Ducks Unlimited recently held its Conservation Programs Committee (CPC) meeting in Bloomington, Minn. to discuss DU's conservation projects and initiatives.

Meadow Valley Flowage Dedicated

Supporters of wetland conservation gathered recently to celebrate the 600-acre Meadow Valley Flowage wetland enhancement project in Juneau County, Wisconsin. Among those assembled were several DU major sponsors and volunteers, project partners, federal representatives and family and friends.

DU Wins Fourth NAWCA Grant in Great Salt Lake Ecosystem

Ducks Unlimited awarded its fourth North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for conservation work in the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem.

Sen. Stabenow's Efforts in Great Lakes Will Aid Areas Critical to Waterfowl Migration

Ducks Unlimited expressed appreciation for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow's (MI) Great Lakes conservation effort directed towards Saginaw Bay and the basin of western Lake Erie. The senator is chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Habitat Enhancement Under Way at Minnesota's Smith Lake

A new water-control outlet structure on Smith Lake in Wright County allowed Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) managers to begin drawing down lake levels last December. This habitat-enhancement project is a partnership effort between Ducks Unlimited and the Minnesota DNR to improve water-level-management capabilities and habitat conditions for waterfowl and other wildlife.

Water-Control Structure Project Completed at Iroquois NWR

The Cayuga Pool, a 675-acre unit within the refuge and the site of the Hazard Campbell dedication ceremony in May, was the focus of additional DU support this year when one of the water-control structures needed to be replaced.

Ducks Unlimited, Partners Secure $1-million Grant for Iowa Portion of Prairie Pothole Region

Ducks Unlimited received a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant for projects in Iowa last week. NAWCA is a federal matching grants program that provides funding for wetland and migratory bird habitat conservation work across North America.

New Study confirms Significant Land Loss Along Louisiana Coast

Coastal Louisiana has lost more than 1.2 million acres in the past 78 years, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey National Wetlands Research Center. The study analyzed wetland changes from 1932 to 2010 and provides a more accurate picture than previously available.

NRCS and DU Launch $1.5-million Wetland Conservation Partnership in Iowa

The Natural Resources Conservation Service and Ducks Unlimited signed a $1.5 million cooperative agreement recently to coordinate and deliver the Wetlands Reserve Program in Iowa. WRP is a voluntary incentive-based program that provides financial and technical assistance to landowners to restore wetlands and associated uplands on their property.

Salazar: Sportsmen Must Speak Up or Resource Will Suffer

Funding of critical land conservation efforts, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, is in jeopardy and a variety of public land supporters must get involved to help prevent major reductions on these initiatives, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall and several other DU leaders this week.

DU to Help Restore Lake Erie Wetland in Ohio

Middle Harbor is a 350-acre coastal wetland located on the Catawba Peninsula in Lake Erie. Disconnected from the lake's historic tidal influences by shoreline development, this wetland basin has over time become almost completely devoid of vegetation and is currently of little value to waterfowl and other wildlife.

Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Honor from USDA-NRCS

Ducks Unlimited has been awarded the Natural Resources Conservation Service's highest conservation honor for its exceptional work with the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative. The initiative was created after last year's oil spill as a means to provide alternative habitat and foraging areas for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

Michigan Ducks Unlimited Specialty License Plate

Specialty license plates can raise significant funds for an organization that can be used to leverage and match additional federal and state dollars.

Congress Restores Partial Funding to NAWCA for FY 2011

After facing elimination of funding in the House-passed version of the current year's legislation to pay for the federal government, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act is poised to receive $37.5 million in funding for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

MDC Contributes $5 Million to Waterfowl Conservation

With this year's state grant program contribution of $250,000, the Missouri Department of Conservation reached the $5 million mark for donations to waterfowl breeding grounds in Canada. With the support of MDC during the past five years, Ducks Unlimited conserved, enhanced and restored 235,059 acres of prime breeding habitat and positively influenced an additional 1.2 million acres.

DU Announces 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

Ducks Unlimited bestowed this year's State/Provincial award to James Sutherlin of Port Arthur, Tx., in the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards ceremony at the 76th Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

DU Announces 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

Ducks Unlimited bestowed this year's Private Citizen award to Durand Farms of St. Martinville, La., in the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards ceremony at the 76th Annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 18, 2011 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 76th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Policy News 3-7

DU voices strong opposition to massive federal conservation spending cuts; President announces plan for America's Great Outdoors Initiative; DU supports Senate bill that would make tax relief permanent for conservation donations; Coalition of conservation groups urges Congress to maintain funding for successful Great Lakes programs; DU joins NWF in urging USFWS to make restoration priority at NWR in Montana; DU co-hosts reception for Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation in Washington, D.C.; Change to wetlands law in Wisconsin sets dangerous precedent throughout state; DU regional director urges Nebraska legislators to keep valuable state conservation grant program intact

Policy News 3-6

Arkansas senator newest member of federal board managing duck habitat

Wetland Conservation Achievement Award Winners

A listing of all the past winners of the Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards. For more information about the awards, please contact Jennifer Roy at 901.758.3707 or jroy@ducks.org.

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