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Congressman John Dingell Honored for Outstanding Waterfowl Conservation Legacy

June 9, 2009

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Congressman John Dingell of Michigan has been recognized for his major lifetime contributions to waterfowl conservation by the North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee, an international body that provides leadership on waterfowl conservation and management issues.

Congressman Dingell received the Plan Committee’s International Canvasback Award, an honor recognizing individuals, corporations or organizations that have made substantial contributions over a long period to the implementation and continuation of the Plan throughout North America. The award will be presented on June 10 during a meeting of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, of which he has been a member for nearly 40 years.

“The many contributions of Congressman John Dingell to waterfowl conservation are legion and a testament to his dedication to preserving our natural world,” said Rowan Gould, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Acting Director. “During his 53 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Dingell has demonstrated time and time again that he is a champion of wildlife conservation and natural resource management.”

Congressman Dingell has served nearly 40 years as a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, identifying and approving wetland conservation projects in the United States, Canada and Mexico that best serve the needs of North American waterfowl and other wildlife.

During his tenure in Congress, Congressman Dingell has provided leadership in efforts to pass landmark legislation such as the National Wildlife Refuge Administration Act and the Clean Water Act. He is also a founding member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus. Congressman Dingell was the catalyst for the creation of the first wildlife refuge that spanned national borders – the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

“The success of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan is directly tied to the contributions of our dedicated partners,” said Paul Schmidt, co-chair of the Plan Committee and the Service’s Assistant Director for Migratory Birds. “And with his tireless support for wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Congressman Dingell has certainly proven himself to be one of our most valuable partners.”

The Congressman has also been intimately involved in the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, or NAWCA, one of the most successful efforts dedicated to waterfowl and wetland habitat conservation and a key program for implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Awards from the NAWCA Standard and Small Grants programs have fostered thousands of partnerships and resulted in well over a billion dollars being invested in habitat restoration and enhancement in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Congressman Dingell was nominated for the award by Ducks Unlimited, Inc., a major international wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization.

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan is an international strategy for conserving migratory waterfowl throughout the continent. The Plans goal is to return waterfowl populations to their 1970s levels by conserving wetland and upland habitat. Canada and the United States signed the plan in 1986; Mexico joined in 1994.

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