New agreement benefits Sacramento Valley agriculture, wildlife

Memorandum of Understanding signed by Ducks Unlimited, California Rice Commission, California Trout, Northern California Water Association

DU Chief Conservation Officer Karen Waldrop spoke at the MOU signing.

DU Chief Conservation Officer Karen Waldrop spoke at the MOU signing.

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – Oct. 14, 2021 – Representatives from Ducks Unlimited (DU), the California Rice Commission, California Trout and the Northern California Water Association signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to preserve, sustain and promote working agricultural land in California’s Sacramento Valley to benefit fish, birds and other wildlife.

The Sacramento Valley helps the Pacific Flyway support millions of waterfowl that winter in the region. Sacramento Valley rice annually provides about 70% of the food sustaining these winter visitors.

The goal is to collaborate on science-based efforts to produce a landscape capable of sustaining abundant fish and wildlife populations with a combination of wildlife-friendly working lands and natural habitats.

“The Sacramento Valley is of continental significance for Pacific Flyway waterfowl,” DU Chief Conservation Officer Karen Waldrop said at the signing of the agreement. “The Sacramento Valley hosts a vibrant agricultural landscape annually supporting over 500,000 acres of rice agriculture. The Sacramento Valley formerly produced immense numbers of Chinook salmon. The lifeblood of the Sacramento Valley, indeed all of California, is sustainable surface water. The signing of this agreement is testament that now is the time to bring all of these (elements) together.”

The MOU signifies Ducks Unlimited, the California Rice Commission, California Trout and the Northern California Water Association’s pledge to lead the way into a new era of collaborative conservation utilizing a sustainable water supply, rice agricultural working lands and the active floodplain to help waterfowl, fish and Californians.

“The future we will build, together with these fine partners, focuses on the active and former floodplain ecosystems of the Sacramento River,” Waldrop said.

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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 www.ducks.org.

 

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