RIDGELAND, Miss. – Oct. 7, 2021 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) Conservation Lands Coordinators Josh Green and Diana Iriarte received a DU Excellence in Conservation Award for their work on the DeLuca Conservation Easement.
DU’s Conservation Programs Committee (CPC) created the awards to recognize outstanding conservation accomplishments and the DU staff who made them possible. Thanks to the continued commitment of DU’s staff, the organization reached an historic milestone this year, conserving more than 15 million acres since DU was founded in 1937.
Any extraordinary accomplishment that supports DU’s conservation mission of filling the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever is eligible for recognition. The 2021 awards were announced during the Sept. 9 CPC meeting.
“These awards recognize Ducks Unlimited’s exceptional conservation professionals and the work they do every day,” said CPC Chair Dr. Christine Thomas. “The awards were created to support morale, motivate our staff and convey the gratitude of DU supporters and volunteers.”
Green and Iriarte received the award for their work on the largest conservation easement in DU history. They navigated a land donation to the University of Florida, a conservation easement donation to DU’s Wetlands America Trust (WAT) and foundation funding for the endowment to permanently protect more than 27,000 acres of iconic Florida prairie and wetlands habitat.
This partnership between the University of Florida and DU benefits waterfowl, wildlife and millions of Floridians who value clean water and the protection of the natural landscape. DU and the University of Florida will utilize the property for education, outdoor engagement and working-lands conservation, including the training of future generations of natural resource and agriculture professionals in a living laboratory.
Click here for a complete list of 2021 Ducks Unlimited Excellence in Conservation Award winners.
“The greatest team of conservation professionals in the world work for Ducks Unlimited,” DU CEO Adam Putnam said. “These Excellence in Conservation Awards recognize Team DU’s boots on the ground. The work these folks do enable DU to fill the skies with waterfowl and provide important benefits for people, their communities and other wildlife.”
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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 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 www.ducks.org.