January 29, 2017, marked 80 years since Ducks Unlimited (DU) was formally incorporated.
DU focuses on the following conservation tactics: restoring grasslands, replanting forests, restoring watersheds, working with landowners, working with partners, acquiring land, conservation easements, management agreements, and Geographic Information Systems.
What is DU and their mission statement? It’s outlined below:
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.
…The vision of Ducks Unlimited is wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.
Donations taken into the organization go direction to conservation efforts, which is how most nonprofits should be operating. Per the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hunters contribute well over $200 million each year to conservation services:
Each year, nearly $200 million in hunters’ federal excise taxes are distributed to State agencies to support wildlife management programs, the purchase of lands open to hunters, and hunter education and safety classes. Proceeds from the Federal Duck Stamp, a required purchase for migratory waterfowl hunters, have purchased more than five million acres of habitat for the refuge system (2005 statistics only); lands that support waterfowl and many other wildlife species, and are usually open to hunting.
I became a member of this organization last April and attended my local banquet. I had heard about them several years before for their work on Capitol Hill. DU, like many other true conservation groups out there, promote truly sustainable policies that benefit both wildlife and humans.
Happy 80 years, DU! Keep up the great work.