ARLINGTON, Va. – April 1, 2013 – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources was celebrated at a Ducks Unlimited breakfast held at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Virginia
. The DU breakfast is an annual affair that acknowledges meaningful contributions by conservation partners and champions. The state of Wisconsin
was recognized for their investment of more than $5 million in duck stamp funds in continental priority projects in Canada.
"Wisconsin is an excellent example of a state sporting and conservation community that understands why natural resources must be supported on a continental scale," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "The work that has been made possible by the Wisconsin duck stamp
program will benefit waterfowl and waterfowl enthusiasts across much of North America."
Under Wisconsin state statute, one third of the duck stamp license fee paid by sportsmen is dedicated to wetland habitat projects in Canada that are tied to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan
, which has resulted in an investment of more than $5 million. DU has been an important partner to WDNR by matching Wisconsin duck stamp monies dollar for dollar with DU funds, and again with another $7.5 million of federal funds from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act
, to create a lasting waterfowl habitat conservation
legacy in Canada.
Wisconsin waterfowl hunters in turn benefit each year from the great numbers of ducks, geese and swans produced on duck-stamp-funded projects in the Canadian prairies as the birds migrate back through Wisconsin in the fall.
"Wisconsin sportsmen and women have been visionary as they supported this program through the years," said WDNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "Collecting these license fees and putting them on the ground in the Canadian prairies has had a direct impact on the quality of our waterfowl hunting and on the magnitude of the migration we get to experience every year here in Wisconsin. Not many states have had such a direct hand in protecting the future of waterfowl conservation as Wisconsin; all of our citizens should be proud of this achievement."
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU has conserved more than 13 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.