Regional Land Protection Staff

Western Region

Ducks Unlimited’s Western Region encompasses the states of Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, and Hawaii. As the region is configured, it overlaps a significant portion of the Pacific Flyway. There are several priority areas within the Western Region. These include the Boreal Forest and other important breeding habitats in Alaska, the Central Valley of California, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Salt Lake, and the SONEC (Southern Oregon – Northern California) region. Conservation delivery within the Western Region primarily focuses on conserving wintering and staging habitats that are important to waterfowl, especially in California Central Valley, SONEC, and coastal areas. Sustainability of working farmlands that are valuable to waterfowl is important, as well as actions to address water quality and quantity concerns throughout the region. The Western Region includes four of Ducks Unlimited’s conservation initiative areas – Born to Fly (Alaska), Wings and Wetlands (Washington, Idaho, and Oregon), Ducks in the Desert (Nevada, Utah, and Arizona), and California Wetlands Initiative (California).

Contact:
Greg Green
Manager of Conservation Programs - Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Alaska
17700 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Suite 100, Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 885 - 2213 (office)

Virginia Getz
Manager, Conservation Programs
3074 Gold Canal Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 851 - 5355 (office)

Great Plains Region

The Great Plains Region protects and restores wetlands and grasslands in seven states that include some of the most important nesting and migration habitat in the US. The Great Plains Region of Ducks Unlimited focuses our conservation work on breeding and migration habitat. The Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana contains upwards of 50 percent of the continent’s breeding waterfowl. The work in the Migration area of Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming focuses on the Rainwater Basin, Platte River, Cheyenne Bottoms, and the mountain wetlands of Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming.

Contact 
Milt Rue
Director, Conservation Services
2525 River Road, Bismarck, ND 58503
(701) 355 - 3505 (office)

Southern Region

The Southern Region restores and protects wetlands in 14 states, with protection being more focused on the lower Mississippi River and South Atlantic states. These regions are critically important to waterfowl in the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways. In these regions, we focus our land protection efforts on tracts that have a significant bottom land hardwood component, but we will accept tracts with other important wetland habitats as well (i.e., emergent, agricultural, and scrub/shrub wetlands, etc.). In addition to DU’s enhancement and restoration projects in the region, these easements protect existing forested and emergent habitat, ensuring they will never leave the landscape again.

Contact
Tim Willis
Manager Conservation Programs - Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, N. Louisania, Tennessee
193 Business Park Drive, Suite E, Ridgeland, MS 39157
(601) 206 - 5454 (office)

Justin Park
Real Estate Specialist - Florida, Georgia, N.Carolina, S. Carolina, Virginia
1010 Bankton Circle, Suite 200, Hanahan, SC 29410
(843) 277 - 8239 (office)

Great Lakes/Atlantic Region

The Great Lakes/Atlantic Region restores and protects wetlands in 21 states, from Minnesota to Missouri, east to Maryland and north to Maine. Ducks Unlimited activities in the region follow the International Conservation Plan, a comprehensive road map that identifies waterfowl habitat areas and priorities. Four initiative areas define the regional focus for land protection including Living Lakes, focused on conserving and restoring shallow lakes and prairie pothole wetlands in Minnesota and Iowa; Big Rivers, focused on conserving and restoring habitat along the Mississippi River and its tributaries; Great Lakes, conserving and restoring habitat in the Great Lakes basin, and Completing the Cycle, focused on conservation and restoration efforts along the Atlantic Flyway.

Contact
Geoff Cripe
Regional Lands Manager
7322 Newman Blvd, Building 1, Dexter, MI 48130
(734) 623 - 2008 (office)