MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Aug. 25, 2020 - Jorge Ceron received an inaugural Ducks Unlimited (DU) Excellence in Conservation Award for his work on the Ducks Unlimited de Mxico (DUMAC) Mangrove Restoration Program in the Yucatan Peninsula.

For the first time in its 83-year history DU distributed their Excellence in Conservation Awards. DU&squo;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&squo;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,&dquo; said CPC Chair Dr. Christine Thomas. "The awards recognize particularly outstanding conservation achievements by individuals who are part of the staff of Ducks Unlimited.&dquo;

Ceron received the award for excellence in mangrove wetlands habitat restoration. Mexico has approximately 1.7 million acres of mangrove wetland habitats. DUMAC began work in 1995 with an innovative approach utilizing mangrove nurseries and direct planting. To date, DUMAC has restored the hydrology of more than 31,000 acres of wetlands with the consequent regeneration of 5,500 acres of mangroves in the Yucatan Peninsula, which represents 20 percent of the mangroves lost in this region.

"It is an honor to have been selected to receive this award,&dquo; Ceron said. "I am proud of being part of DUMAC&cute;s team and have had the opportunity to learn each day and grow as a professional. DUMAC&cute;s team and all its projects represent the spirit, dedication and effort as part of a continental mission of thousands of volunteers and partners.&dquo;

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,&dquo; 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.&dquo;

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