Wildlife Habitat Council And Ducks Unlimited Launch

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Wildlife Habitat Council And Ducks Unlimited Launch Wings Over Wetlands Award

11/20/08

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND-The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced the 2008 recipient of the Wings over Wetlands award, in recognition of companies that preserve and manage wetlands for waterfowl across North America.

This year's winner is Ontario Power Generation, for the restoration work completed at their Darlington Nuclear facility, located on the shore of Lake Ontario in Bowmanville, Ontario plant that added more than 700 acres of wildlife habitat, 87 of which managed for waterfowl. The project was the culmination of efforts by many different partners, ranging from non-profit groups like Ducks Unlimited and its sister organization, Ducks Unlimited Canada, to companies like OPG and General Motors, as well the Canadian government.

The site is home to hundreds of waterfowl and wildlife species, including more than 200 species of birds, 83 of which use the area for breeding and rearing. Many of the species in the area are of national conservation concern, and it is one of the most robust breeding areas for birds on the North Shore of Lake Ontario.

"Ducks Unlimited is pleased to take part in recognizing Ontario Power Generation for their restoration work," said Scott Sutherland, DU's Director of the Governmental Affairs Office. "DU's mission is to conserve wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl, which also benefit other wildlife and people, and OPG has shown their commitment to those same goals with this project."

The award recognizes companies with active corporate participation in wetland stewardship, and honors those that have created and protected wetland habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Wetlands conservation and restoration are two of the most productive projects a corporate habitat program can undertake. These projects provide near immediate benefit to waterfowl, plant communities, amphibians and a host of other wildlife species. The United States alone loses more than 80,000 acres of wetland habitat annually.

"The Wildlife Habitat Council is proud to present, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, this year's Wings over Wetlands award to Ontario Power Generation's Darlington Nuclear facility" said Robert Johnson, President of WHC. "The wetlands conservation and habitat restoration efforts of OPG's Darlington Nuclear facility show the way for other companies wishing to benefit waterfowl and numerous wildlife species, as well as provide a very special natural resource for their community."

WHC certified programs with wetland initiatives are encouraged to apply for the Wings Over Wetlands award. The primary criteria include the wetland's value to wildlife and the corporate team's commitment to wetland stewardship. The project does not have to be on corporate property, but must involve active corporate participation through avenues, such as volunteers, financial support above mitigation requirements and/or education and outreach.

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. In its 70-year history, DU working in partnership has conserved over 12 million acres. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature's most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year. http://www.ducks.org

Celebrating 20 years in conservation, the Wildlife Habitat Council is a nonprofit, non-lobbying organization dedicated to increasing the quality and amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands. WHC devotes its resources to building partnerships with corporations and conservation groups to create solutions that balance the demands of economic growth with the requirements of a healthy, biodiverse and sustainable environment. More than 2.4 million acres in 48 states, Puerto Rico and 16 other countries are managed for wildlife through WHC-assisted projects. For more information, visit WHC online at http://www.wildlifehc.org.

Media Contact:
Robert Loftur-Thun, Wildlife Habitat Council, 301-588-8994, [email protected]
Neil Shader, Ducks Unlimited, Inc, 202-347-1530, [email protected]
 


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