Wetlands America Trust

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The goal of Wetlands America Trust is to provide specialized financial and philanthropic support to Ducks Unlimited. It's been that way since WAT was created more than 25 years ago, and it will remain the primary focus for decades to come.

WAT's principle role is the fiduciary responsibility for DU's endowment and land holdings. WAT is also one of the nation's largest accredited land trusts, holding conservation easements on more than 400,000 acres. Not only has WAT been successful with this charge, the trustees have individually taken up the mantle to introduce DU and conservation programs to their friends, family and colleagues.

Three committees lead the day-to-day activities of the Trust. Chaired by Doug Frey, and using the trustees' vast personal and business networks to recruit new hunter-conservationists, the Development Committee undertakes highly individualized and directed fundraising for DU. Past DU President John Tomke chairs the Government Affairs Committee to build strong relationships with policy makers and to educate public officials on policy issues essential to DU's conservation mission, while the Governance Committee - chaired by Doug Oberhelman - identifies and recommends potential trustees and manages WAT's governance considerations.

WAT Trustees are all recognized leaders in business and their professions. Each is a passionate waterfowl hunter who is committed to habitat conservation.

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Steve Maritz

Vice President
Doug Oberhelman

Wendell Weakley

Chief Operating Officer
Dan Thiel

Jim Ayers
Paul R. Bonderson Jr.
Gary Butler
John S. Dale
Bill D'Alonzo
George Dunklin
Doug Frey
David Grieve
David F. Grohne
H. Dale Hall
Rogers Hoyt
Orrin H. Ingram II
James C. Kennedy
Jim Konkel
Bruce Lauritzen
Andrew Lundquist
David McLean
Johnny Morris
John Paul Morris
John Nau
Robert Pace
Dan Ray
Doug Schoenrock
Joseph Sivewright
Chuck Smith
Mark Stitzer
Matthew G. Stuller Sr.
John W. Thompson
John A. Tomke
William E. Walker III
David K. Welles Jr.
Steve Whatley

Emeritus Trustees
John Berry
Rosemarie Buntrock
Hazard K. Campbell
John W. Childs
Pete Coors 
William B. Dunavant Jr.
Gene M. Henry
Robert Hester Jr.
Kenneth H. Hofmann
Jim Hulbert
Bruce Lewis
L.J. Mayeux Jr.
Phillip H. McNeill Sr.
John Newman
Saf Peacock
John R. Pope
Donald L. Rollins
Tod Sedgwick
Reed B. Turner
Julius F. Wall
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Please contact Dan Thiel for more information on Wetlands America Trust:
dthiel@ducks.org or 901-758-3823