MEMPHIS, Tenn. April 2, 2018 Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2018 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 83rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Norfolk, Virginia.

Ducks Unlimiteds 2018 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards were presented in six categories and recognized individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and restoration of North Americas wetlands and waterfowl. DU CEO Dale Hall and DU Chief Conservation Officer Nick Wiley presented the awards.

This year's winners:

Federal Agency employee: Jim Stutzman, founder of Montanas Partners for Fish and Wildlife program and habitat delivery specialist for the Intermountain West Joint Venture

Senior Elected Official: Congressman David Joyce of Ohio

State/Provincial Agency: Diane Eggeman, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Research /Technical: Dr. Ray Alisauskas, research scientist for Environment and Climate Change Canada, adjunct professor University of Saskatchewan

Conservation/Private Citizen: Lennie Sam and Aline Skaggs (posthumous), Idaho

Communications: Dennis Anderson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

As always, there were many worthy conservationists nominated for this years Wetlands Conservation Achievement Awards. The winners represent how people with a shared passion for wetlands, waterfowl and wildlife can achieve great things for conservation, Wiley said. Ducks Unlimited is honored to recognize their work and we hope their achievements inspire others. We all have to work together to rescue our wetlands.

To read more about the individual winners, visit

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

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