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Continental Generosity - Daryl and Mary Pennington

Waterfowl are a continental resource that rely on habitat from their northern breeding grounds to their southern winter homes and all points in between. It takes a visionary to see beyond his backyard and support habitat conservation on a continental scale. Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation trustees Daryl and Mary Pennington of Ethel, Louisiana, are prime examples of such broadly committed sponsors, their generosity shining even more brightly given that Daryl and Mary began duck hunting less than 15 years ago.

Portion of funds from $4.5 billion BP settlement to benefit Gulf Coast fish and wildlife

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nov. 15, 2012 - BP announced today that it will plead guilty to several criminal charges under a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Department of Justice over its role in the 2010 disaster involving the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, in which an estimated 200 million gallons of crude oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. Under the terms of the settlement, BP will pay approximately $4.5 billion in installments over a five-year period, with nearly $2.4 billion going to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), an independent non-profit conservation group chartered by Congress in 1984.

DU joins U.S. senator for Louisiana Gulf tour celebrating RESTORE Act passage

Hot on the heels of President Obama's signing the Transportation Package and passing the precedent-setting RESTORE Act, Ducks Unlimited officials joined U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (LA) for a coastal parish tour to celebrate the promise RESTORE Act funding holds for coastal restoration.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates victory for Gulf Coast restoration

Ducks Unlimited is pleased that key elements of the RESTORE Act were included in the Surface Transportation Extension Act reported out of conference committee today.

Texas water organization and DU meeting to discuss rice agriculture, importance to waterfowl

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has invited Ducks Unlimited to their June 19 Water Operations Committee meeting in Austin, Texas. The LCRA denied water for rice agriculture uses in the Texas Mid-Coast this year, essentially eliminating 60,000 acres of important habitat for wintering waterfowl in one of DU’s highest-priority conservation regions.

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.

With support, waterfowl benefits may survive in federal highway bill

Efforts by Ducks Unlimited and allies are underway to support provisions added to the federal highway bill that would provide significant benefits for waterfowl. One provision of the bill - commonly known as the RESTORE Act - calls for 80 percent of the fines paid by those responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to be committed to restoring the area most affected - the U.S. Gulf Coast.

New report says addressing Louisiana coastal loss is worth national investment

A recent report by the Mississippi River Delta Science and Engineering Special Team addressed 10 fundamental questions about saving the Mississippi River Delta, including how to reverse coastal marsh loss, what impacts could result from restoration efforts and the economic blow to Louisiana and the nation if this important coastal ecosystem is lost.

"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 comments on Louisiana coast master plan

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has issued a draft of Louisiana's 2012 Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. After public input, the final plan will go to the legislature March 26 for approval.

Ducks Unlimited disappointed in LCRA decision to withhold water

RICHMOND, Texas - March 1, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited is gravely concerned by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) decision to deny water for agricultural uses in Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda counties this spring.

RESTORE Act: Directing CWA penalties back to restoration efforts in the Gulf

Since the Deepwater Horizon disaster, DU and its partners have formally requested that Congress support legislation to ensure penalties paid by the responsible parties under the Clean Water Act (CWA) be used to restore the Gulf Coast region.

Gulf Oil Spill: One Year Later

Join DU and NWF on national teleconference call this Wednesday (4/21/11) at 8 p.m. EDT

Policy News 3-9

Great Lakes staff meets with Congress to express concerns; DU's Southern Region stresses importance of public policy efforts at LA Coastal Experience; Virginia congressman praises DU's efforts to restore NAWCA funding

Ducks Unlimited, Partners Improve Atchafalaya Wetlands

Ducks Unlimited continues commitment to wetlands conservation in Louisiana.

Faces of the Gulf Coast: Byron Prest

Plaquemines Parish DU chairman talks about the oil spill.

Faces of the Gulf Coast: Frank Jurisich

Frank Jurisich, an oyster fisherman from Empire, Louisiana, shares his story of the Gulf Coast and the oil spill.

Faces of the Gulf Coast: Tommy and Emmy Ware

Tommy and Emmy Ware, father-daughter hunters and fishermen from Diamondhead, Mississippi, share their oil spill story.

DU scientist interviewed on national radio program

Ducks Unlimited's Dr. Tom Moorman appeared as a guest on Diane Rehm's National Public Radio program Monday, June 21, 9-10 a.m. CDT.

Gulf Coast Band Recoveries

The impact of the oil released as a result of the Deepwater Horizon explosion has obvious implications for residents – both wildlife and people – who rely on Gulf Coast wetlands for their livelihood. What may not be as apparent, however, is the continental significance of this coastal landscape for waterfowl.

Gulf Coastal Prairie

An overview of Ducks Unlimited's Gulf Coastal Prairie priority area.

DU Gulf Coast Response Team

Ducks Unlimited's Gulf Coast Response Team was formed to address the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico and to lead the coastal marsh restoration efforts in the region.

DU's Response to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Ducks Unlimited's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf Coast Facts & Figures


Ducks Unlimited Gulf Oil Spill Resource Center

Ducks Unlimited's resource center for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Tom Moorman's Letter on the Gulf Coast

A letter from Dr. Tom Moorman, head of DU's Gulf Coast Response Team, on the state of Gulf Coast habitat before and after the oil spill

Louisiana Coast: The Time Is Now

Louisiana's coastal marshes are in danger. Ducks Unlimited is working to save them. Learn more about the historical loss of the Louisiana coast.

Conserving Texas Prairie Wetlands

Working to reverse habitat declines in this important wintering area

View from the Gulf

Gary Koehler shares the story of Louisiana waterfowl hunters and the unseasonable weather that impacts their hunting success.

Louisiana Conservation Projects

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

Marsh Terraces as a Conservation Practice


Hurricane Impacts on Wetlands & Waterfowl

South Louisiana wetlands may suffer significant long-term damage from hurricanes.

Gulf Coastal Prairie - More Information

More info on the Gulf Coastal Prairie of Texas and Louisiana and Ducks Unlimited's habitat conservation work there.
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