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DU conserves South Dakota property with important habitat

WATERTOWN, S.D.- Ducks Unlimited (DU) has secured a purchase agreement on the 160-acre Schafer property in Deuel County, approximately 18 miles east-northeast of Watertown. The Schafer property is located in a landscape rich with duck habitat.

DU South Dakota tract becomes part of adjoining WPA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently purchased a 160-acre portion of Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Villhauer Tract in McPherson County, South Dakota. The original 640-acre Villhauer property was acquired by DU several years ago as part of the Revolving Habitat Program. Other portions of the property have already been perpetually protected and sold to private landowners.

Summit Ag Fund Property

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is protecting 524 acres of remarkable waterfowl habitat in east-central South Dakota. The property is located six miles south and two miles east of Woonsocket and in the middle of the James River Lowlands Focus Area. This landscape is dotted with numerous, shallow wetland habitats. During wet years, this landscape attracts large numbers of breeding waterfowl.

DU restoring and protecting habitat in Nebraska

Through its revolving land efforts, DU continues to restore and protect habitat in Nebraska. DU purchases tracts, restores them, protects the property with conservation easements, and then sells them to a conservation buyer, generally within five years.

DU Acquires Three South Dakota Properties for Waterfowl

Ducks Unlimited has acquired three more parcels of land in South Dakota with high waterfowl habitat value.

DU Acquires Unique Ranch in Idaho

DU recently acquired an Idaho ranch that is generating a lot of excitement because of its unique features. Most of the ranch consists of agricultural land, including more than 400 acres of wetland pasture, nearly 300 acres of irrigated farmland, and 35 acres of open-water ponds.

Brooks Tract Acquired

In December 2012, Ducks Unlimited completed acquisition of the Brooks Tract, an important Platte River habitat, from the Whooping Crane Trust.

Ritterbush WPA Round-out Acquired

In June 2012, Ducks Unlimited acquired a 120-acre property adjacent to Ritterbush Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Franklin County.

DU selling three properties in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin

Ducks Unlimited is individually selling three Rainwater Basin properties in Nebraska as part of DU’s revolving land program. The prime waterfowl habitat with grasslands and wetlands has been protected with conservation easements. The parcels will be sold during live auctions the week of December 10.

Ducks Unlimited Land Protection Programs

Land protection is a critical tool by which Ducks Unlimited conserves waterfowl habitat throughout North America. DU protects land through several means including acquisitions, conservation easements and revolving lands strategy.

Revolving Land Program

Some places in the Prairie Pothole Region are too good to let go—special lands that contain the magical mix of wetlands and grasslands needed by breeding waterfowl. When such places come up for sale and there is a significant chance that critical resources will be lost, then it’s time for Ducks Unlimited to get creative.

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