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Georgia Ducks Unlimited chapters make President’s Roll of Honor

Augusta, Georgia – March 24, 2016 – DU’s President’s Roll of Honor is one of the most highly coveted recognition awards Ducks Unlimited offers its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the chapters in the United States that raise between $65,000 and $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees, DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America’s wetlands. In 2015, eight chapters in Georgia made the President’s Roll of Honor list.

Georgia Ducks Unlimited chapter earns a spot on President’s Elite list

LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia – March 23, 2016 – The President’s Elite are among Ducks Unlimited’s most prestigious volunteer chapters throughout the nation. Every year, the list is reserved for the chapters that raise $100,000 to $250,000 for DU’s habitat conservation work. In 2015 Georgia, only the Gwinnett County chapter was included on the list.

GA DU Announces State Convention & Volunteer Appreciation Event July 15-17, 2016

Ducks Unlimited Georgia state news.

UGA Bulldogs for DU

University of Georgia Ducks Unlimited was named the number one collegiate chapter in Georgia last year, and their Area Chairman, Jay Weldon, credits that to passion for the DU mission, and maintaining year-round committee relationships.

Canadian Project Recognizes Georgia Major Sponsors

In October 2014, a small but intrepid group of Ducks Unlimited major donors from across the United States traveled to the Thickwood Hills region, north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to dedicate the Lesko conservation project. The project was dedicated in honor of 16 major donors from Georgia who helped complete it by contributing more than $100,000 to DU Canada in 2013 as part of the Preserve Our Prairies Initiative.

Public Hunting on DU Projects in Georgia

Ducks Unlimited works across the country to ensure not only sufficient habitat for waterfowl, but also to ensure waterfowl hunters continue to have the opportunity to pursue their passion. Here are some of the DU projects in Georgia that are open to the public for duck hunting.

Georgia DNR Supports Wetlands Conservation in Canada

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Division recently completed a 10-year, $50,000 commitment in support of wetlands conservation along Québec's South River as part of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies state grants program. Through this program, U.S. states provide nonfederal monies for conservation in Canada, which are matched by Ducks Unlimited, and in turn matched by federal funds through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

Six Georgia Ducks Unlimited chapters make Top 100

ATLANTA – April 3, 2014 – The Top 100 is one of the most highly sought-after titles of recognition Ducks Unlimited offers to its local chapters. Each year, the list is comprised of the top 100 fundraising chapters in the United States that raise up to $100,000 through fundraising activities in their communities. Through the efforts of these volunteer committees DU is able to pursue its mission of conserving, enhancing and restoring North America's wetlands. In 2013 six Georgia chapters made the Top 100 list as one of the organization's best fundraising chapters.

Georgia DU Calendar 2016 Gun Giveaway


Migration Alert: Georgia Waterfowl Biologist Provides Season Forecast

Georgia state waterfowl biologist, Greg Balkcom gives his forecast for the upcoming waterfowl season, and gives his top picks for WMAs to hunt this season.

Arrowhead Wildlife Management Area Project Dedicated in Georgia

Ducks Unlimited, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and several community partners gathered in April to celebrate the completion of a wetland enhancement project on Arrowhead Wildlife Management Area in Floyd County.

Georgia high school students supporting conservation

Statesboro High School students formed the first Georgia Ducks Unlimited high school committee and hosted their inaugural event on April 24, 2012. The event raised more than $15,000.

Southeast Wetlands Initiative

Supporting the rich outdoor heritage of the southeastern United States by conserving key habitats for Atlantic and eastern Mississippi Flyway waterfowl.

Georgia Habitat Restoration Project Completed

Ducks Unlimited, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and several community partners were awarded nearly $40,000 for a wetland restoration project at a DNR-managed complex north of Rome in Floyd County.

Migration Alert: Warm, Wet Weather Spreads Ducks Thin

Record highs and wet weather across much of the East Coast has made for poor duck hunting north and south. With little cold weather in sight, it could be a challenging week for Atlantic flyway hunters.

Ted Turner Honored as Chip Allen Conservationist of the Year

Each year, DU's Chip Allen Chapter hosts an event in Atlanta to recognize a Georgia conservationist who has exhibited a history of conserving both habitat and wildlife. Ted Turner, of Turner Broadcasting fame, was named 2012 Chip Allen Conservationist of the Year at this year's event, held at Cox Enterprises.

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.

Six Georgia Ducks Unlimited chapters recognized nationally

The following chapters earned a spot in the Top 100 out of the more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide: Atlanta, Chip Allen, Columbus, Gwinnett County, Moultrie and Thomasville.

Georgia DU Now on Facebook

Georgia state news.

Georgia governor recognizes DU's 75th anniversary

As part of Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary celebrations, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal invited a group of DU staff and volunteers to the capitol to receive a formal proclamation recognizing the importance of DU's work in Georgia.

Georgia Sportsmen's and Coastal Day at the Capitol

Things got a little wild at the Georgia capitol during the 10th annual Sportsmen's and Coastal Day at the Capitol on Feb. 8. Sportsmen's and coastal conservation groups from around the state gathered for a chance to meet with and thank legislators who have supported hunting, fishing and conservation issues, and to educate lawmakers about the contributions outdoor recreation makes to Georgia's economy and culture.

Georgia: Altamaha Wildlife Management Area

The Altamaha WMA is the premier waterfowl management area in Georgia. Located on the coast just south of Darien, it attracts thousands of wintering and migrating waterfowl and provides excellent habitat for migrating shorebirds and resident wading birds.

DU Receives 5-Star Grant for Georgia Project

Ducks Unlimited, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and several community partners have been awarded $39,998 for a wetland restoration project at the DNR managed complex in Floyd County, Georgia, north of Rome.

DU reaches conservation milestone in South Atlantic

Ducks Unlimited recently achieved another milestone by conserving its 250,000th acre in the South Atlantic Flyway. Public and private lands projects in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are providing crucial habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl in the region.

Jim Kennedy named Distinguished Conservationist of the Year by Georgia Conservancy

DU leader honored at sold-out gala event ATLANTA - Oct. 19, 2009 - Jim Kennedy, past president of Ducks Unlimited's Wetlands America Trust (WAT) and former chairman of the Wetlands for Tomorrow campaign, received the Distinguished Conservationist of the Year Award from the Georgia Conservancy on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Minnesota wild rice lakes benefit from Georgia generosity

Minnesota’s Big Rice Lake was the backdrop recently for an event to honor a big-time conservationist. Ducks Unlimited volunteers and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources gathered to honor the contributions of Georgia DU supporter Tommy L. Williams III with a permanent bronze plaque unveiled next to this magnificent lake.

Ducks Unlimited nature trail highlights importance of prairie grasslands

MCCLUSKY, N.D, October 22, 2007 – At a North Dakota ceremony on Saturday, Ducks Unlimited honored a devoted Georgia staff member by dedicating the Dan Denton Memorial Nature Trail. The nature trail is located on Ducks Unlimited’s new Coteau Ranch, southeast of McClusky, N.D.

Georgia DU Recognized for Accomplishments

Georgia DU Recognized for Accomplishments

Conservation Project Completed - Cordele Fish Hatchery

This project restored an existing 48-acre lake into a manageable waterfowl impoundment by repairing a breech in the levee caused by heavy rains and installing a water control structure. Additional activities included both herbicide and mechanical vegetation control to remove small trees and shrubs.

Conservation Project Completed - Horse Creek WMA

This project will provide shallow feeding habitat in flooded hardwoods for wintering waterfowl at Horse Creek WMA. The project is located on Coffee Branch in the Ocmulgee River flood plain and is adjacent to a Phase I project that consisted of 184 acres of green-tree reservoir.

Penholoway Swamp Protected for the Future

ATLANTA, May 1, 2006 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) and partners purchased 4,583 acres of forested wetlands and associated uplands in Wayne County, Ga. The wetlands and wildlife habitat on this property, known as Penholoway Swamp, are now protected forever.

Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work in the Southeastern Coastal Plain and Piedmont priority area

Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area

Purpose: To enhance Silver Lake WMA through the acquisition of a 2,840-acre tract to add to the WMA.

Where Georgia's Ducks Come From

The Prairie Pothole Region and Great Lakes Region are critical to Georgia waterfowl hunters. A significant portion of Georgia’s annual duck harvest migrates to us from the Prairie Pothole Region, also referred to as “the duck factory”, and the majority of our Mallards originate in the Great Lakes Region.

Cordele Fish Hatchery

Purpose: This project restored an existing 48-acre lake into a manageable waterfowl impoundment by repairing a breech in the levee caused by heavy rains and installing a water control structure. Additional activities included both herbicide and mechanical vegetation control to remove small trees and shrubs.

Penholoway Swamp Wildlife Management Area

Purpose: To purchase and permanently protect high-quality bottomland hardwood forests and associated uplands.

Georgia Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Georgia. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

Altamaha WMA

The Altamaha Wildlife Management Area (AWMA) comprises 27,078 acres of which 3,235 are within managed, tidal freshwater and brackish impoundments.

Altamaha WMA - Rhetts Island Restoration

Purpose: The Darien River has eroded an existing portion of the levee due to a natural change in the river’s hydrology.

Altamaha WMA - Champney Island Restoration

Purpose: To restore 377 acres of freshwater wetlands habitat on Altamaha WMA through installation of water control structures and rehabilitation of dikes.

Altamaha WMA - Butler Island Restoration

Purpose: To restore 1,013 acres of freshwater wetlands habitat on Altamaha WMA through installation of several water control structures and rehabilitation of dikes.

Altamaha WMA - Ansley-Hodges Memorial Project

Purpose: To restore 42 acres of freshwater wetlands habitat on Altamaha WMA through installation of several water control structures and rehabilitation of dikes.

Blanton Creek WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

Purpose: To enhance 50 acres of emergent wetlands habitat on Blanton Creek WMA through installation of two water control structures.

Mayhaw WMA - Cypress Creek Waterfowl Project

Purpose: To restore 50 acres of emergent wetlands on Mayhaw WMA through installation of a water control structure and construction of perimeter levees.

B.F. Grant WMA - Forested Wetlands

Purpose: To enhance 45 acres of waterfowl habitat on B.F. Grant WMA through construction of a series of dikes with water control structures across a tributary of Indian Creek.

Fishing Creek WMA - Waterfowl Impoundment

Purpose: To enhance 50 acres of waterfowl habitat on Fishing Creek WMA through construction of a dike with water control structures across Morris Creek, a tributary of Lake Thurmond.

West Point WMA - Glovers Creek

Purpose: To enhance 90 acres of moist-soil habitat on West Point WMA through replacement of an old water control structure to improve water management on the site.

Grand Bay WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

Purpose: To enhance 5,704 acres of forested wetlands and open-water habitat on Grand Bay WMA through installation of several water control structures and raising two existing forest roads to serve as dikes.

Horse Creek WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

Purpose: To enhance 180 acres of forested wetlands on Horse Creek WMA through installation of two water control structures and raising two existing forest roads to serve as dikes.

Joe Kurz WMA - Beaver Pond Enhancement

Purpose: To restore 50 acres of waterfowl habitat on Joe Kurz WMA through installation of a water control structure.

Oconee WMA - Wetlands Restoration Project

Purpose: To restore 150 acres of waterfowl habitat on Oconee WMA through installation of six water control structures and renovation of several dikes.

Rum Creek WMA - Wetlands Enhancement Project

Purpose: To enhance 25 acres of waterfowl habitat on Rum Creek WMA through installation of a water control structure and construction of perimeter dike.

Eufaula NWR - Kennedy Unit

Purpose: To restore 450 acres of moist-soil habitat on Eufaula NWR through installation of permanent inlet pumping station complete with a 24-inch pump and engine.

Eufaula NWR - Bradley Unit

Purpose: To restore 750 acres of emergent wetland habitat on the Bradley Unit of Eufaula NWR through installation of four water control structures, renovation of existing dike, construction of new water delivery ditches, and installation of two pumping stations.

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