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Engaging Albertans to conserve and protect wetlands

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Wetlands are one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet.

News from March 2009

Conservation leaders wanted

March 25, 2009

Recognize those people who make a difference

This June, one environmental leader, company or group will be recognized with the 2009 Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Greenwing Conservation Award for making a difference in wetlands conservation in their communities. Ducks Unlimited Canada is looking for your help to nominate a recipient for this award. This award recognizes those who have demonstrated leadership in a project or activity that has contributed to the public awareness of conserving wetlands for the benefit of waterfowl, wildlife, and people. The award is sponsored by Ducks Unlimited Canada and presented by the Honourable Norman L. Kwong, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

“Ducks Unlimited Canada knows there are many people in Alberta that work tirelessly to conserve our wetlands,” says Neil Downey, president of Ducks Unlimited Canada. “We want to thank these dedicated people and showcase their efforts to all Albertans.”

Unsung heroes

You can call them the stewards of the land or the unsung heroes of the earth. It could be the farmer who manages his land to enhance livestock and wildlife productivity, the environmental group that works together to restore a wetland, or a youth group that works to clean up a wetland area near an urban center. Maybe it’s the company that chooses to conserve wetlands in their operating areas or the volunteer who plans events to bring awareness of wetland values to the community. These are people in our cities, towns and neighbourhoods, who are making a difference in wetlands conservation.

DUC has been committed to wetland conservation since 1938. Not only are wetlands key to the lifecycles of waterfowl and other wildlife, but wetlands also moderate the effects of droughts, floods, climate change and erosion. Wetlands offer tremendous recreation and learning opportunities for people of all ages, and have the potential to remove and store greenhouse gases from the Earth’s atmosphere.

Nominate someone today

More than 70 years ago, a group of enthusiastic sportsmen and naturalists came together under the name of Ducks Unlimited to conserve Alberta’s wetlands, protect wildlife and preserve our rich natural heritage. Seventy years later their dream lives on because of the many dedicated Albertans who believe that healthy wetlands are part of the Alberta Advantage. DUC wants to know who they are.

If you know a person or organization that has volunteered time to protect and preserve Alberta wetlands, nominate him or her for the 2009 Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Greenwing Conservation Award by visiting http://www.ducks.ca/province/ab/index.html, calling Anh Hoang at (403)476–1879 or downloading and completing the nomination form below. The nomination deadline is April 20, 2009.

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