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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.

GA State Convention and Volunteer Recognition Event July 18-20, 2014

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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.

Waterfowl, hunters to benefit from nearly $30 million federal investment

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Sept. 12, 2012 - Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced a landmark investment of nearly $30 million in the future of wetlands, waterfowl and public waterfowl hunting across the country through expanded refuges and hunting programs.

DU supports opening some CRP lands for drought-stricken ranchers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Aug. 3, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited supports opening certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands to haying and grazing during the current drought affecting livestock feed supplies. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack opened nearly 4 million acres of CRP land this week for livestock producers dealing with shortages of hay and pastureland.

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.

Ducks Unlimited presented with 2012 Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 21, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited has been chosen to receive the Boone and Crockett Club's (B&C) prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Legacy Award for 2012.

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.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

RIDGELAND, Miss. – March 19, 2012 – As the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month's milestone 9th Annual World Water Day.

James C. Kennedy named Conservation/Private Citizen award winner at 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

ATLANTA - 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 recipient of the Conservation/Private Citizen award is James C. Kennedy of Atlanta.

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2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards

ATLANTA - March 16, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2012 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 77th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, held at the Hilton Atlanta.

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.

President's Elite Chapters Rise to the Top

Each year a select group of Ducks Unlimited chapters rises to the top of the ranks: the President's Elite chapters, which raise $100,000 or more annually for DU's habitat conservation work. This year, 43 DU chapters achieved President's Elite status.

Ducks Unlimited Names Top 100 Chapters

The Top 100 Chapters are among Ducks Unlimited's most successful chapters throughout the nation. Each year, the list is reserved for the top 100 chapters that raise up to $100,000 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission.

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.

Georgia DU announces "Crown The King" Kingfish Tournament

Ducks Unlimited Fundraising Tournament July 16th "Crown the King" 2 Fish 1 Day Tournament $10,000 First Prize (Based on 100 boat field)

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.

Georgia DU announces State Convention Weekend 2010 at Jekyll Island, GA

Georgia DU is proud to announce that the Georgia DU State Convention Weekend 2010 will be held at on the warm and realxing beaches of Jekyll Island, Ga.

President Obama nominates Ducks Unlimited board member for ambassador post

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 21, 2010 - Tod Sedgwick has been nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic. Sedgwick is a board trustee for Wetlands America Trust (WAT), Ducks Unlimited's supporting foundation that raises significant philanthropic gifts and manages DU's endowments and land holdings.

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.

GA DU Winter Meeting

GA DU Winter Meeting

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.

GEORGIA DU WEEKEND 2009 ANNOUNCED

GEORGIA DU WEEKEND 2009 ANNOUNCED

Georgia DU delivers conservation message to Congress

WASHINGTON – February 22, 2008 - Thomasville, Ga. resident and senior Ducks Unlimited volunteer Monty Lewis traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with representatives, senators and other policymakers to discuss the organization’s conservation priorities. Lewis met individually with staff from the offices of Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson, Saxby Chambliss and Rep. Sanford Bishop.

Ducks Unlimited Celebrates World Wetlands Day with Youth

Ducks Unlimited hosts youth waterfowl hunts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee this weekend. These hunts fall on World Wetlands Day, a day to celebrate and share the importance of wetlands world-wide. Attendees have the opportunity to make a personal connection with wetlands through waterfowl hunting.

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.

Rome Chapter to Host Golf Tournament

Rome Chapter to Host Golf Tournament

New State Officers Elected

New State Officers Elected

Georgia DU Recognized for Accomplishments

Georgia DU Recognized for Accomplishments

Volunteer Celebration Day

Volunteer Celebration Day

Georgia places 6 Chapters on Top 100 List!

Georgia places 6 Chapters on Top 100 List!

2007 Georgia State Convention Announced

2007 Georgia State Convention Announced

Conservation Project Complete at Eufaula NWR

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently restored 217 acres of wetlands on the Bradley Unit at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge managers can now manipulate water levels within each impoundment to produce abundant waterfowl foods and provide brood-rearing habitat for resident wood ducks.

Clint Murphy announced as NEW South GA RD

Clint Murphy announced as NEW South GA RD

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.

GA Duck Seasons announced

GA Duck Seasons announced

Scott James announced as new RD in Georgia!!

Scott James announced as new RD in Georgia!!

Budweiser Gun Winner Announced!!

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2006 State Shoot Results

DU Leaders and Volunteers The 2006 Georgia DU Fun Shoot at Cherokee Rose in Griffin was completed successfully this past Saturday. Led by Shoot Chairman Barry Zuckerman and local Area Chairman Taylor Kinnett and his many Griffin committee members who worked very hard on the logistics of the DU side of the event. The shoot attracted 151 shooters plus guests. The "Big Duck in the Sky" blessed us with great weather and we concluded all activities at 5:00pm and our enthusiastic shooters were able to make their way home a little earlier than last year. North Georgia DU committee members faired well in the shoot with Hal Brooker, Treasurer of the Dalton committee winning 1st Place in D Class with a score of 60 and a Stoeger Condor Over/Under! Congratulations Hal! Georgia committee volunteer shooters doing well were Kenny Cole, Newton County, 90, Andy Harvil, Newton County, 90, Don Barrett (Gwinnett), 88, Barry Zuckerman, Shoot Chairman, 88, Tom Mosley, Gwinnett, 87, Beverly Cole (Newton County) 7th place B Class 81. A full list of he DU Committee Teams and their scores will be circulated soon. Thanks to Casey Atkinson of Cherokee Rose for a very smooth event, Casey and her team do a great job! Thanks also to Ron Franklin, Joel Smith and Landy Ponder of Bear Country Outfitters in Griffin that handled our guns and gun processing for the Shoot. Dender Distributing of Griffin donated our Anheuser-Busch products enjoyed by the shooters following the shooting activities. Olympia Shells and Dicks Sporting Goods also made donations to the shoot. We appreciate all that participated and the DU volunteers that worked on site to make the event a success! Thanks to you all!

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.

Business Leader Jim Kennedy Receives Conservation Honor

Business Leader Jim Kennedy Receives Conservation Honor ATLANTA, April 21, 2006 – The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation honored Jim Kennedy, chairman and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises, Inc., with its Non-Government Organization Innovation Award at a dinner Thursday night at Atlanta’s newly-opened Georgia Aquarium. Kennedy was honored because of his long-time active support of Ducks Unlimited and its foundation, Wetlands America Trust. DU, the world’s most effective wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization, has restored, protected or brought into management almost 12 million acres of wetlands in North America since 1937.

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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