Ducks Unlimited recognizes how important its female members and volunteers are to the future of conservation in North America. And DUs success is highly dependent on the adoption of conservation as a significant family value in homes everywhere. Women are instilling this value in our current generation and leaving a legacy for future generations.

Gold Legacy Sponsor and Diamond Feather Society member Gail Johnson of Albion, New York, understands the importance of conservation now and into the future. Gail and her late husband, Lyle, shared a passion for conservation. Their involvement with Ducks Unlimited began when they formed the first DU chapter in Orleans County, New York, in 1979. Lyle later served as the DU state chairman and Gail served as secretary. Their work was recognized in 2010, when Gail and Lyle received the New York Conservationist of the Year Award.

Gail Johnson

After Lyles passing in 2012, Gail wanted to continue their conservation philanthropy. As one of the first members of DUs Feather Society, she knew that a planned gift through her life insurance would touch the lives of others and help DU achieve its goals. Clean and plentiful water, healthy soils, and abundant wildlife populations are among DUs most important objectives, and passionate women like Gail are critical to the organizations success. To learn more about how you can leave your own conservation legacy through a planned or estate gift, contact Chris Cole, managing director of gift planning, at 901-758-3763 or visit