Ducks Unlimited has a long-standing partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC). Thanks to a recent commitment from Newfield Exploration Company and its charitable foundation, we will continue to improve Oklahoma's public lands for waterfowl and those who enjoy them while enhancing water quality and recharging groundwater supplies.

DU will assist the ODWC with a variety of management and maintenance needs at various state-owned wildlife management areas in western Oklahoma. Enhancement activities are planned at Canton WMA (Blaine, Dewey and Major counties), Waurika WMA (Stephens County), Major County WMA, Dewey County WMA and Grady County WMA. These projects may include refurbishing levees and replacing water control structures on moist soil units; controlling exotic and invasive species in wetlands, wetland units and uplands and improving signage to promote and facilitate public use and access.

The Newfield Foundation's $30,000 gift will provide partial funding. DU will work with ODWC to leverage this gift and secure the remaining funding needs.