MATAGORDA, Texas – July 2, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) partners will celebrate several wetland enhancement projects on Mad Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) by dedicating the third Legacy Greenwing project in the state near Matagorda on July 21. The dedication will begin at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.
Legacy Greenwing members are sponsor-level youth members of Ducks Unlimited. Texas has more than 400 Legacy Greenwings, more than 100 of whom will have their names engraved on a bronze plaque at the dedication site.
"Every member of Ducks Unlimited contributes to the mission of ensuring wetland habitats sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever," said DU Senior Regional Director Tim Soderquist. "Our youth members are particularly important as they are the future of conservation."
Ducks Unlimited was founded 75 years ago by a group of dedicated waterfowlers and conservationists. Since that time, the organization has raised nearly $3.5 billion to conserve more than 12 million acres of wetlands and other waterfowl habitat across North America.
"The slogan for Ducks Unlimited's 75th Anniversary, 'Conservation for Generations,' applies to past, present and future generations alike," Soderquist said. "Showing our appreciation for these Legacy Greenwing members through project dedications like this is one way DU recognizes the importance of future conservationists and waterfowlers."
DU has worked with TPWD over the years on several projects to enhance waterfowl habitat on Mad Island WMA. The Big Muddy Lake water control structure project improved management capabilities on more than 460 acres of emergent and submerged marsh habitats in Big Muddy and Cane lakes. A second project to install a new deepwater well increased water management capacity to approximately 200 acres of moist-soil habitat managed for waterfowl within the WMA. These two moist-soil impoundments provide some of the most popular hunting areas at Mad Island WMA. Both projects enhanced waterfowl habitat and public hunting opportunities.
"Ducks Unlimited continues to play a vital role in improving the wetland habitat on Mad Island WMA," said Matt Nelson, leader of TPWD's Central Coast Wetlands Ecosystem Project. "Our partnership enhances wetland functions on the WMA and improves the quality and quantity of waterfowl habitat and hunting opportunities."
Dedication activities will include project tours and brief comments from Nelson, Soderquist, DU Regional Vice President Bill Ansell and DU Texas state council member Pat Arthur.
Attendees should go directly to the Mad Island WMA check station pavilion, where the activities will take place. While the ceremony will be brief and water will be available, attendees may want to bring a lawn chair. For more information about the dedication, please contact Tim Soderquist at 281-814-5442 or visit the event page at www.ducks.org/texas/events.
Ducks Unlimited and TPWD would like to thank the many organizations, agencies and individuals that have helped make improvement projects on Mad Island WMA possible, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, Guadalupe Blanco River Trust, Dr. Edward D. and Sally M. Futch Charitable Foundation, Trull Foundation, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and participating private landowners.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/ducksunlimitedinc.