Ducks Unlimited recognized the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for significant contributions to conserving waterfowl breeding habitat in Canada.
The award commemorated NGPC’s milestone $1 million investment in critical nesting habitat in Canada and was presented at the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Arlington, Va.
"The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recognizes the critical value of Prairie Canada for waterfowl that migrate through Nebraska," said NGPC Director Jim Douglas. "None of this would be successful without our great working partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada and contributions and support from our duck hunters with funds from the Nebraska waterfowl stamp.
The ability of DU Canada to leverage funds and efficiently put conservation on-the-ground benefits all of Nebraska’s waterfowl hunters."
The state grants program was started by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies as one of the very first international public/private partnerships to support migratory bird conservation.
The state grants program funds projects that work toward achieving the goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Contributions from states are matched by DU Inc. and DU Canada, as well as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
Through this match, Nebraska’s $1 million investment has resulted in $5 million in conservation work on the ground in Canada.
"The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission appreciates the importance of Canadian wetlands to Nebraska duck hunters," said Steve Donovan, DU manager of conservation programs for Nebraska. "Through sales of state duck stamps, the NGPC has provided significant funding to DU Canada, restoring and protecting thousands of acres of Prairie Pothole Region habitat north of the border, the breeding habitat of the majority of ducks harvested here in Nebraska."
Nebraska is one of four states being recognized this year for significant contributions to the program.