Ducks Unlimited will commemorate the protection of nearly a mile of land along the lower Grand River during a celebration Thursday, Sept. 8, at Ottawa County Park, 10849 Linden Drive NW, in Allendale Township.

Ducks Unlimited partnered with Ottawa County Parks in 2011 to purchase a 119-acre tract of land which contains a mix of emergent, forested and open-water wetlands. Located near the rapidly expanding western edge of Grand Rapids, this tract was in immediate danger of urban development.

The protected land will benefit migrating waterfowl and other bird species, and improve water conditions by reducing sedimentation along this section of the Grand River. The land was purchased as part of a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant administered by Ducks Unlimited.

In addition to wildlife benefits, the protected land offers the surrounding community a public park for nature watching, dog walking and recreating.

To date, Ottawa County Parks has permanently protected 2,168 acres among 14 parks and open-space lands in the Grand River Greenway Plans protection corridor along the Grand River.

During the ceremony, Ducks Unlimited will dedicate the land to longtime Ducks Unlimited supporter David D. Hunting, Jr. and celebrate the success of its Greater Grand Rapids chapter.

The event will feature brief presentations from Ducks Unlimited and chapter partners.

For details or to RSVP, contact Todd Fox, Ducks Unlimited director of development, at or (616) 446-8721. Please RSVP by Sept. 1.

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 13.6 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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