BRP looking at Memphis.jpgNextEra Energy Resources, through its charitable arm, the NextEra Energy Foundation, has committed $250,000 to support wetland forest restoration in Ducks Unlimited Park at Big River Crossing.

The 1,500-acre park will help promote recreational and tourism opportunities in Downtown Memphis and nearby West Memphis. This unique project will reestablish native vegetation and re-create functional bottomland hardwood wetlands, which are paramount to the area's wildlife, water quality and healthy ecosystem.

“We believe in building strong relationships that make a difference, especially in local communities where our projects call home, and that’s why we’re pleased to contribute to this important conservation project in Arkansas,” said Matt Raffenberg, vice president of environmental services for NextEra Energy Resources. “Supporting this project will help protect and improve water quality and important wetland and wildlife habitat while creating new outdoor access for the community.”

This mixture of field and floodplain forest provides a one-of-a-kind view of the city skyline and is a great opportunity for wetland restoration. Additionally, educational and interactive program opportunities offered through this program will benefit children and their families across the Mid-South.

“NextEra Energy Resources has been a great collaborator to Ducks Unlimited, investing in conservation projects across their corporate footprint,” said DU Director of Foundation Relations Andi Cooper. “Encouraging 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, all of which benefit their local employees and their families.”

In addition to Ducks Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited Park project partners include the City of West Memphis; Marion, Arkansas; First Horizon Foundation; Nucor Steel; Ingram Barge; NextEra Energy Foundation, NextEra Energy Resources; Walton Family Foundation; International Paper; NexAir; Hyde Family Foundation; AutoZone; Poplar Foundation; Big River Park Conservancy; Simmons First Foundation; Robinson Family; Wepfer Marine; Will Dupree Family Foundation; Warren Nunn; Valero Energy and McVean Trading.

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About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing wetlands, grasslands and other waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has restored or protected more than 18 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science, DU’s projects benefit waterfowl, wildlife and people in all 50 states. DU is growing its mission through a historic $3 billion Conservation For A Continent capital campaign. Learn more at


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