MEMPHIS, Tenn. Oct. 20, 2021 Former Ducks Unlimited (DU) President John Tomke recently received the John L. Morris Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) for his steadfast and continued commitment to conservation.

According to the AFWA, The John L. Morris Award recognizes a citizen conservationists lifetime commitment to fish and wildlife stewardship, exemplary leadership at the highest levels and a demonstrated, steadfast commitment to large-scale natural resource challenges.

John has been a part of the DU Family for years and his commitment has never wavered, said DU Chief Conservation Officer Karen Waldrop. Its no surprise that he was recognized for this prestigious award, and I cant think of a person more deserving than John to be honored in such a way.

Tomke has been a DU member for more than three decades, and during his tenure has held numerous senior volunteer positions including President of the organization.

My dad believed in conservation, and I grew up wanting to make a difference. Ducks Unlimited provided a perfect avenue for that desire, Tomke said. I have served on the boards of numerous conservation organizations and federal committees, but my time with Ducks Unlimited has been truly special. Conservation is a passion, and I am glad I can help continue that legacy for the next generation.

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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 15 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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