NRCS Wins Ducks Unlimited Award for Gulf Habitat Initiative and Wetlands Conservation Enrollment
Scott Sutherland, Director of Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Government Affairs Office, presented DU's 2011 Wetlands Conservation Achievement Award to NRCS Chief Dave White, spotlighting the agency's successes in creating bird habitat in Gulf of Mexico flyways and delivering a record-setting year in Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) enrollments. Chief White accepted the award on behalf of all NRCS personnel who “did the work” for the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI) and the WRP signup.
Chief White praised DU for envisioning the initiative developed in response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year. Through MBHI, farmers and partners from conservation, agricultural, and environmental groups created habitat for migratory birds on almost 500,000 acres in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. “Some of our offices had people lined up out the door wanting to sign up,” said White. “They really wanted to help.”
Director Sutherland also lauded last year’s record enrollment of 272,000 acres in WRP, saying that it “blew the doors out of the program that’s been doing so many things for ducks since 1990.” Chief White said the successful signup in 2010 sets the stage for another banner year and thanked DU and all partners for their excellent support.