MEMPHIS, Tenn. - March 13, 2015 - Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2015 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Omaha, Neb. This year's recipient in the Federal Official category is Representative Rob Wittman of Virginia.

"The Congressman has been a tireless supporter of legislation designed to protect, enhance, restore and/or make the best use of our environment and its natural resources," said DU Chief of Conservation Paul Schmidt. "In past sessions and the 113th congressional session - this past year, he has sponsored and co-sponsored numerous bills affecting wetland habitat and the values that so many of our sportsmen and women hold dear, as well as the tenets of the North American Model of Wildlife Management."

Serving Virginia's 1st congressional district since 2007, Wittman spent 26 years working in state government and many years as an environmental health specialist. As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, he brings professional expertise in water quality, fisheries and other natural resources to the table and is a longtime champion of the Chesapeake Bay. He serves as co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus, which brings Bay issues into focus for members of Congress. The Congressman also serves on the First Congressional District Environmental Advisory Council, which is a group of citizens and officials interested and involved in promoting a healthy Chesapeake Bay and clean environment. In 2009 Wittman was appointed to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, which oversees distribution of project funding under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. He is also co-chair of the Congressional Sportsman's Foundation and a lifelong hunter and angler.

Ducks Unlimited's Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards are presented annually in six categories to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and restoration of North America's wetlands and waterfowl. To view a complete list of the 2015 Wetland Conservation Achievement Award winners, please visit

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