RIDGELAND, Miss. – Aug. 20, 2020 – Dr. Todd Merendino received an inaugural Ducks Unlimited (DU) Excellence in Conservation Award leading the way in DU’s significant increase in Texas habitat conservation.
For the first time in its 83-year history DU distributed their Excellence in Conservation Awards. DU’s Conservation Programs Committee (CPC) created the awards to recognize outstanding conservation accomplishments and the DU staff who made them possible.
Any extraordinary accomplishment that supports DU’s conservation mission of filling the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever is eligible for recognition. The inaugural 2020 awards were announced Aug. 20, during the CPC summer meeting.
“These awards were created to support morale, help maintain a high level of motivation and convey the gratitude of DU supporters and volunteers by recognizing truly exceptional conservation professionals,” said CPC Chair Dr. Christine Thomas. “The awards recognize particularly outstanding conservation achievements by individuals who are part of the staff of Ducks Unlimited.”
Merendino received the award in recognition of the substantial increase in public revenue in support of conservation projects in Texas.
“We have a lot of great projects going on in Texas with even bigger things to come,” Merendino said. “Thank you to the committee for recognizing our efforts. Hats off to our Texas crew for working hard every day to get conservation on the ground.”
Since 2008, Merendino has helped increase public revenue for conservation efforts from $1.1 million to over $9 million in fiscal year 2020.
Click here for a complete list of 2020 Ducks Unlimited Excellence in Conservation Award winners.
“Ducks Unlimited has the greatest team of conservation professionals in the world,” DU CEO Adam Putnam said. “These Excellence in Conservation Awards recognize the members of Team DU who are the boots on the ground. Their daily efforts fuel our mission to fill the skies with waterfowl.”
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About Ducks Unlimited
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 almost 15 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.