Thanks to the generosity of Elisabeth DeLuca and a unique partnership with the University of Florida, Ducks Unlimited signed the largest easement in the organization's history. More than 27,000 acres of iconic Florida prairie and wetlands habitat have been permanently protected at the headwaters of the Everglades. Through a multi-faceted partnership, DU and the University of Florida will utilize the property for education, outdoor engagement and working-lands conservation.
The land was donated to the University of Florida by Elisabeth Deluca, and a conservation easement was set up through DU's land trust, Wetlands America Trust. In addition, the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's Outdoor Fund provided critical funding via the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida to help endow Ducks Unlimited's permanent conservation easement and other costs associated with this once-a-generation gift of land.
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