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Ducks Unlimited

Wetlands at the Drummond Flats Wildlife Management Area support a variety of waterfowl and other migratory birds.


NextEra Energy Resources, through its charitable arm, the NextEra Energy Foundation, has committed $150,000 over three years to support Ducks Unlimited’s efforts to restore wetland habitats on Drummond Flats Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Located in north-central Oklahoma’s Garfield County, Drummond Flats WMA is owned and managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC). This wetland basin is recognized as an important area for migratory birds and was historically one of the key wetland complexes in the Central Flyway. Avian visitors to the area include shorebirds, waterfowl, and wading birds such as the endangered whooping crane. ODWC and DU have been working together to reclaim and restore the basin for many years.

“We believe in building strong partnerships that make a difference, especially in local communities that our projects call home, and that’s why we’re pleased to support this important conservation project in Oklahoma,” said Matt Raffenberg, vice president of environmental services for NextEra Energy Resources. “We are committed to being an industry leader in environmental protection and stewardship. Supporting this project will help protect and improve water quality and important wetland habitat.”

Work supported in part by NextEra Energy Resources includes restoring 800 acres of wetlands on the WMA, which will enhance migratory bird habitat, help reduce downstream flooding, improve water quality, and provide opportunities for public recreation.

“We rely on companies like NextEra Energy Resources that operate in the most sustainable way possible while supporting additional conservation projects like this one,” said DU Director of Foundation Relations Andi Cooper. “Supporting conservation on public lands in particular is a terrific way to improve wildlife habitat while promoting outdoor recreation and the tremendous economic returns that come with it.”

Additional project partners include ODWC, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Cargill Oklahoma, Phillips 66, the Treeman Family Foundation, Southern Prairie and Playa Initiative sponsors, and the Town of Drummond.