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Ducks Unlimited boosts waterfowl food resources in Minnesota’s Mud Lake

Ducks Unlimited and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are partnering to give waterfowl a buffet of aquatic food at Mud Lake.

$6.3-million Wetland Reserve Program agreement completed

Through this agreement, DU helped restore or enhance 6,800 acres of wetlands and grasslands on 76 different easements.

Ducks Unlimited and Minnesota DNR dedicate State Line Lake

Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) joined with local partners Saturday, July 18, to celebrate the successful enhancement of 446-acre State Line Lake in Freeborn County, Minn.

PolyMet initiative restores, enhances rice lakes in Minnesota

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announces a partnership with PolyMet Mining that will support DU’s Living Lakes Initiative, a program that restores the health and functionality of Minnesota’s degraded shallow lakes and wetlands.

Iowa Wetlands Restored with Support from Flint Hills Resources

ARTHUR, Iowa – June 22, 2015 – Flint Hills Resources recently donated $10,000 to Ducks Unlimited’s Living Lakes Initiative, a program designed to enhance, restore and protect shallow lakes and wetlands that feed into larger waterways from central Iowa to northern Minnesota.

Iowa Lakes and Wetlands restored with support from Flint Hills Resources

MENLO, Iowa. – June 22, 2015 – Flint Hills Resources recently donated $10,000 to the Ducks Unlimited Living Lakes Initiative, a program designed to enhance, restore and protect shallow lakes and wetlands that feed into larger waterways from central Iowa to northern Minnesota.

Conservation: Living Lakes Initiative

Conserving Minnesota and Iowa's wetlands and shallow lakes for breeding and migrating waterfowl

$25 Million Dedicated to Living Lakes Initiative

In November 2008, Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment, which added 3/8 of 1 percent to the state sales tax. One-third of the revenue generated by this amendment is placed in the state's Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF) for competitive grants to state agencies and nonprofit conservation organizations such as Ducks Unlimited. This means that approximately $100 million can be used annually to protect, restore, and enhance habitat for fish and wildlife in Minnesota.

Living Lakes receive record funding through Iowa appropriation

Ducks Unlimited focuses its Living Lakes Initiative on conserving the shallow-lake habitats of Minnesota and Iowa. This high priority landscape got a big boost recently when both houses of the Iowa legislature approved $8.6 million for the Lake Restoration Fund.

Living Lakes Initiative

Conserving Minnesota and Iowa's wetlands and shallow lakes as vital stepping stones for waterfowl migrating between southern wintering and northern breeding grounds each year.

Flint Hills Resources donates to protect wildlife habitat

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – April 9, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently received a $75,000 donation from Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery to help protect and restore habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife in Minnesota. The gift is the latest commitment from Flint Hills in a 28-year partnership with DU.

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.

Iowa governor attends state convention, recognizes 75th anniversary

Gov. Terry Branstad recognized Ducks Unlimited for its 75th anniversary by signing a proclamation at DU's Iowa state convention on Feb. 11. In his proclamation, Gov. Branstad commended DU for its conservation success.

Diamond Lake Project

Diamond Lake Wildlife Management Area is a 1,099 acre property owned by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Ducks Unlimited partnered with the DNR to improve infrastructure on the lake that will facilitate habitat management.

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.
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