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Al Montna: Plentiful Ducks for Rice and People

Al Montna of Yuba City, California, and his wife, Gail, are members of DU's President's Council and Benefactor Sponsors supporting DU's California Wetlands Initiative. This initiative aims to conserve the best waterfowl habitat in California, particularly in the critical wintering areas of the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. Al's story appeared in the 2013 DU Annual Report.

Wild rice rebounds in northern Minnesota

BRAINERD, Minn. - Aug. 20, 2013 - As fall approaches, so does wild rice season. Despite the late, cool spring that had Minnesotans wondering about possible negative effects on this year's crop, it appears to have come through in good shape. There is widespread coverage of wild rice on shallow lakes throughout the state's northern counties, with several excellent stands of wild rice reported.

George Dunklin Jr. elected president of Ducks Unlimited

During Ducks Unlimited's annual convention last week, the organization's leaders proudly welcomed 30-year volunteer, George Dunklin Jr., of Stuttgart, Ark., as DU's 42nd president. Dunklin succeeds John Newman, who now serves as chairman of the board.

Ongoing drought forces second year of water withheld from Texas rice growers

RICHMOND, Texas - March 2, 2013 - Although not unexpected in the face of ongoing drought conditions, Ducks Unlimited is once again disappointed in the decision to restrict the water supply to rice growers for the coming growing season.

USA Rice-DU partnership

WASHINGTON - Feb. 4, 2013 - A groundbreaking new partnership between the USA Rice Federation (USA Rice) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) was forged recently to serve as a model of cooperation and communication between a farm group and a conservation organization.

DU responds to LCRA water allocation decision

AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 16, 2012 - The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) board, after lengthy testimony dominated by a large Highland Lakes contingent, passed an emergency order that will likely provide enough water for first crop rice on approximately 50 percent of the fields in Texas's Wharton, Matagorda and Colorado counties.

Ducks Unlimited supports off-channel reservoir development to benefit Texas coast wetlands, waterfowl and rice

AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 9, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited fully supports the Lower Colorado River Authority's (LCRA) move to develop off-channel reservoirs to provide much-needed water resources for Texas mid-coast rice agriculture and wetland management.

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.

"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."

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.

USA Rice Federation presents Ducks Unlimited with 2011 Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award

The USA Rice Federation presented Ducks Unlimited with its second annual Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award on Dec. 8. The award recognizes exemplary leadership and other major contributions to conservation that significantly benefit natural resources, wildlife and America's communities.
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