Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Grady Mann WPA Dedication

August 31, 2010

Fans and supporters of wetlands came together to honor the work of Grady Mann, father of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Small Wetland Acquisition Program.

When Mann arrived to Fergus Falls in 1954 after the end of World War II, wetlands were seen as wastelands - as impediments to progress and American ingenuity. Mann gave a purpose for wetlands and helped people, both locally and nationally, see the beauty of those ephemeral pools and marshlands and understand that there was an inherent value worth protecting.

With more than 3 million-acres of land now protected from being drained or plowed in roughly 50 years, we can thank the work of Grady Mann. He left his mark on the land in a different way through the Small Wetlands Program.

For more information about the Small Wetlands Program: www.fws.gov/refuges/smallwetlands/

Fore more information about supporting the program, visit: www.fws.gov/duckstamps/stamps.htm

Last updated: June 15, 2016