MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Jan. 29, 2015 -Wetlands America Trust (WAT) recently elected its newest trustees Doug Frey, Jim Konkel and Gary Butler. The WAT board is the land trust arm of Ducks Unlimited (DU) - a world leader in waterfowl and wetlands conservation.

WAT oversees DU's endowment and land holdings, including conservation easements. Not only has WAT been successful with this charge, the trustees have individually taken up the mantle to introduce DU and its conservation mission to their friends, family and colleagues.

"With their recent combined pledges in excess of $3 million, Jim, Doug and Gary join the ranks as Ducks Unlimited's most generous supporters," said Dan Thiel, WAT's chief operating officer. "Their philanthropic support is an excellent expression of concern and support for North America's wetlands and waterfowl."

Like all WAT board members, the three new trustees are leaders in their respective business fields, and all have a love of waterfowl and conservation.

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