MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Aug. 26, 2016 - Jim King was named Ducks Unlimited's (DU) Regional Director of the Year for his outstanding efforts as a staff member of Region 5, an area that encompasses Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Kentucky.

"Being recognized as the 2016 Region 5 RD of the Year is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the volunteers in central Illinois," King said. "These volunteers always rise above any challenge and put our conservation mission first".

King, a resident of Pawnee, Ill., covers central Illinois and works with volunteer committees in this area hosting fundraisers for the 79-year-old conservation organization. The events in his region raised more than $900,000 for DU's conservation mission in the recent fiscal year ending on June 30.

DU is the leader in wetlands conservation and volunteers are the heart and soul of the organization. Through 4,000 local fund-raising events DU volunteers generate more than 500,000 memberships and more than $53 million annually.

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 13.8 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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