Ducks Unlimited Awards

Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 76th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference on Friday (March 18th) in Kansas City, Missouri. The Awards are given to individuals who have made a tremendous contribution to North America’s waterfowl habitat, writes Ducks Unlimited.

Bird in MarshlandThe State/Provincial Wetland Conservation award was given to James Sutherlin of Port Arthur, Texas, for his work with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. He is an example of a conservation manager who applies a large, landscape-level approach to restore and enhance wetlands. In particular, he has achieved conservation within the Chenier Plain marshes in southeast Texas. He has also attracted $3 million in grants to work on habitat conditions and management along the Texas coast.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels also won an award, for conserving thousands of acres of state land along the Muscatatuck River in southern Indiana and along the Wabash River in the western part of the state, reports the Chicago Tribune.

A Special Award for Wetland Conservation was given to Dave White, who was the driving force behind the establishment of the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative after the Gulf Coast oil spill. He is chief of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Science, and used his resources to maximize habitat and available food resources for the wintering wildfowl that could have been harmed by the oil spill. He launched an evaluation project to measure his success. The NRCS achieved a single year enrollment record in which farmers and ranchers joined the Wetlands Reserve Program.

If you’d like to learn more, The Outdoor Wire has the complete list with the Award winner’s bios on their website.

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