MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 1, 2019 – Ducks Unlimited has released the latest film in its online series. In “The ACE Basin” viewers are treated to a hunt in South Carolina and interviews with some of the key people behind conserving the ACE Basin.
ACE stands for the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto rivers and the lands surrounding them. In 1988, Ducks Unlimited, The Nature Conservancy, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the US Fish and Wildlife Service teamed up to form the ACE Basin Task Force, a partnership that has produced conservation easements on 217,000 acres.
Each of the film’s participants has spent decades conserving habitat.
“Nothing is quite like a sunrise over the marsh,” said Charles Lane, longtime area resident and DU supporter. His family was one of the first to put land into a conservation easement in the ACE Basin. “My father would take me out. I’ll never forget the sounds, the night going to sleep and the day waking up. I was hooked.”
Coy Johnston is one of the focal points of the film. His roots in Ducks Unlimited run deep, beginning as a South Carolina regional director in 1979. He became east regional director in 1987 and project director of the Lowcountry Initiative of Ducks Unlimited’s Wetlands America Trust (WAT) in 1989. Coy eventually became WAT director and has continued the preservation fight for ACE Basin lands throughout his life.
Johnston and many others in South Carolina are passionate about the land and dedicated to conservation.
“People in South Carolina love their land,” Johnston said. “When you start talking to a landowner about their land, you are talking about something very close to them other than their family.”
DU Films is a unique online film series from Ducks Unlimited, the world leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Each film features thrilling hunting footage but also tells a story about waterfowl hunters who are passionate about hunting and giving back to the resource. DU Films presents all of this through breathtaking waterfowl footage and intimate conversations with hunters across North America.
The 2019 season includes six films. DU will release one film per month this spring and summer.
DU Films is produced by Rock Road Creative and sponsored by Mossy Oak, Drake Waterfowl, Winchester Repeating Arms, Winchester Ammunition and Yeti.
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 14 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.