Because nearly three-quarters of our wetlands are on private land, working with landowners is an integral part of Ducks Unlimited's conservation plan.

Ducks Unlimited projects on private lands provide tremendous benefits to waterfowl, other wildlife and you! DU has teams of biologists and engineers that provide wetland restoration, management and protection services directly to landowners. Let us know if you are interested in a wetland project on your land!

Leave a Legacy-and Help the Ducks!

There are many ways in which members, volunteers and private citizens are crucial to DU's success in conserving wetlands. One way that has become increasingly important is offering conservation opportunities on your land. Our ability to leverage grants, grassroot funds and, yes, your donations, is becoming increasingly dependent upon participation of private landowners. That means compiling a list of landowners in every state that are interested in protecting and restoring wetland habitat on their land.

Additional publications and information are available in GLARO's Resource Library.

Habitat Protection and You

Conservation Easements

Conservation easements provide a unique opportunity for the protection of private lands by assuring that the property remains open as wildlife habitat in perpetuity. Each easement is tailored to meet the needs and interests of each individual landowner, allowing for the protection of key natural habitats while continuing to use the land for economic gain or recreation. Such protection assures that large areas of riparian wetland habitats and important uplands will be preserved for the benefit of waterfowl and other wildlife, and for future generations.

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Gifts of Land

DU will consider accepting certain properties offered for donation. DU's objective is to sell the parcel for top dollar and use the proceeds to fund habitat-protecting projects. DU typically will accept only such donations when we believe the property can be converted readily into cash to fund our urgent wetlands conservation mission.

As a general rule, DU does not hold title to real estate over the long term.

Buying Land from Ducks Unlimited

Conservation-minded individuals are an integral and necessary component of DU's ability to accomplish its mission. Interested buyers can purchase protected properties from DU, and DU, in turn, reinvests those proceeds to protect more wetland and wildlife habitat that is at risk of being lost forever to development. If you are interested in becoming a conservation buyer, please visit:

A printable version of this information is available here: Lands Brochure (PDF)
Additional resources are available in the GLARO Resource Library

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