BROOKINGS, S.D. – TransCanada Corporation recently awarded Ducks Unlimited $75,000 to promote soil health, rural communities and wildlife habitat initiatives across eastern South Dakota. These community investment funds will be focused in the Prairie Pothole Region, one of DU’s highest conservation priority areas for North American breeding waterfowl populations.
“Soil health initiative funds will be used to partner with private landowners interested in improving their operations. This is a voluntary program that offers help to establish cover crops, diversify crop rotations, reduce tillage, conserve wetlands, plant grasslands and improve livestock production,” said Steve Donovan, DU’s manager of conservation programs for South Dakota. “We will also restore a 600-acre Roberts County parcel we own, which is open to the public.”
DU and TransCanada Corporation share a long history of working with private landowners in South Dakota and the many other states in which they operate. This program builds on that success and advances a new and exciting partnership.
“TransCanada strives to build stronger communities where we live, work and operate. We have been a part of South Dakota for decades and will continue to be for the foreseeable future,” said Emily Stibbs, TransCanada’s community investment lead for the United States. “As a result, we want to safeguard our soil and land, so they can sustain vital industries, like agriculture, for many years to come. We are thrilled to work with Ducks Unlimited to achieve these shared goals.”
“This partnership is about more than ducks. It is about helping landowners, enhancing agricultural lands, improving wildlife habitat and providing places for people to enjoy and recreate, said Eric Lindstrom, managing director of development for DU’s Great Plains Region “These are the things that make South Dakota so great.”
TransCanada and DU funds will also be used to leverage other local, state and federal resources to expand this work. DU plans to protect, enhance and restore more than 14,000 acres in South Dakota this year.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 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.
With more than 65 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and liquids pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates one of the largest natural gas transmission networks that extends more than 91,900 kilometres (57,100 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is a leading provider of gas storage and related services with 653 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A large independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in approximately 5,700 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is also the developer and operator of one of North America's leading liquids pipeline systems that extends approximately 4,900 kilometres (3,000 miles), connecting growing continental oil supplies to key markets and refineries. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. Visit www.transcanada.com to learn more or connect with us on social media.
Becky Jones Mahlum
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.