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America's Great Outdoors Collaboration Celebrates 75 Years pf Partnership in Missouri
Midwest Region, June 30, 2012
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Conservation Department Commissioner James T. Blair and George Tomlinson of Ducks Unlimited each presented the other's organization with mutual 75th Anniversary Proclamations at the Wetlands Fun Day. The event was held at B.K. Leach Conservation Area Sat. June 30, 2012 in celebration of both organizations 75th anniversaries.
Conservation Department Commissioner James T. Blair and George Tomlinson of Ducks Unlimited each presented the other's organization with mutual 75th Anniversary Proclamations at the Wetlands Fun Day. The event was held at B.K. Leach Conservation Area Sat. June 30, 2012 in celebration of both organizations 75th anniversaries. - Photo Credit: Missouri Department of Conservation
Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Staff Scientist Molly Sobotka, educates a visitor about stream dynamics using a stream table. The table was a station at the Wetlands Fun Day, sponsored by the Conservation Department and Ducks Unlimited.
Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Staff Scientist Molly Sobotka, educates a visitor about stream dynamics using a stream table. The table was a station at the Wetlands Fun Day, sponsored by the Conservation Department and Ducks Unlimited. - Photo Credit: Missouri Department of Conservation

Partnerships continue to deliver results in wetland, upland, in-stream and riparian restoration and enhancement in Missouri. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has been a key component for supporting voluntary citizen and community based stewardship efforts for fish and wildlife conservation. On a warm Saturday afternoon at the B.K. Leach Memorial Conservation Area near Elsberry, Missouri, Partners for Fish and Wildlife staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Missouri Private Lands Office and Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge joined in the 75th Anniversary Celebration of two key partners – Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife, a widely used program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, works in concert with Ducks Unlimited and Missouri Department of Conservation program to help private landowners and communities achieve their habitat goals. Likewise, through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), the Service works with partners to restore and enhance many public lands including our National Wildlife Refuge System. Local examples of NAWCA success stories highlighted during the anniversary celebration included Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge and B.K. Leach Memorial Conservation Area which are located in the Missouri / Mississippi River Confluence Focus Area.

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s mission is to protect and manage the forest, fish and wildlife resources of the state, and to provide opportunities for all citizens to use, enjoy and learn about these resources. Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, the citizen-led agency was created by popular vote in 1936. It continues to be recognized as a national leader in fish, forest and wildlife management.

Ducks Unlimited is also celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. It was formed in 1937 by concerned sportsmen with the mission to conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl, and also for the benefit of other wildlife and people. Ducks Unlimited is now the world’s largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization.

Partnership efforts are important for providing Missourian’s with positive experiences in enjoying quality wetland habitats throughout Missouri. In addition to the longstanding Missouri Department of Conservation and Ducks Unlimited partnership, many other partners play an integral role in resource conservation in Missouri. As a result of partnering efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, Missouri Department of Conservation and other agencies and organizations, the Mississippi and Missouri River Confluence Restoration Project in Missouri has been identified by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar as a model of the America’s Great Outdoor Rivers Initiative to conserve and restore key rivers across the nation, expand outdoor recreational opportunities and support jobs in local communities.

Landscape level habitat gains can only be achieved through collaboration. Advancing conservation on the ground and in the water for the past 75 years in Missouri has been the result of many exemplary partnerships. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been involved with many of these successful partnerships in Missouri and will continue as a leader in facilitating habitat restoration and enhancement to benefit Federal Trust Species.


Contact Info: dan crigler, 636-300-1953 x4136, dan_crigler@fws.gov



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