MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 29, 2015 -Wetlands America Trust (WAT) recently elected Jim Konkel as one of its newest trustees. The WAT board is the land trust arm of Ducks Unlimited (DU) - a world leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation.

WAT oversees DU's endowment and land holdings, including conservation easements. Not only has WAT been successful with this charge, the trustees have individually taken up the mantle to introduce DU and its conservation mission to their friends, family and colleagues.

"With his recent pledge in excess of $1 million, Jim joins the ranks as one of Ducks Unlimited's most generous supporters," said Dan Thiel, WAT's chief operating officer. "His philanthropic support is an excellent expression of concern and support for North America's wetlands and waterfowl."

Konkel, of Scarborough, Maine, is no stranger to DU, and currently serves as an at-large board member and is an American Director for Ducks Unlimited Canada. He is also a member of the DU development and event/volunteer management committees, and chairman of the national shooting sub-committee, and has served as state chairman, state vice chairman, regional vice president for the Northeast Atlantic Region, as well as many other roles. In addition to Ducks Unlimited, Jim supports a number of local charities in Portland, Maine, including the Portland Symphony Orchestra on which he serves as a trustee.

"I have volunteered with Ducks Unlimited for nearly three decades, and can honestly say that I couldn't have served a more worthwhile cause," Konkel said. "The new role as a WAT trustee merely solidifies my passion for waterfowl and habitat conservation, and I look forward to many more years as a DU volunteer."

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