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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 leaders meet with legislators, advocate for farm bill conservation programs

Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall and Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt joined agricultural producers and DU governmental affairs staff in Washington, D.C., this week to impress upon members of Congress the importance of maintaining strong conservation programs in the 2012 Farm Bill.

LWCF dropped from transportation bill

While Ducks Unlimited and its partners celebrate congressional passage of the RESTORE Act this week as part of the transportation bill, another key conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), did not fare as well.

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.

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.

Cyndi Perry named new FWS chief for Division of Bird Habitat Conservation

Cynthia (Cyndi) Perry was selected recently as the new chief for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Division of Bird Habitat Conservation.

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.

DU Announces New Chief Conservation Officer

Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall has announced that Paul Schmidt, Assistant Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Migratory Birds, has accepted the position of Chief Conservation Officer for Ducks Unlimited Inc. Schmidt will succeed Alan Wentz, who retired at the end of September, 2010.
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