A pair of Washington-based Ducks Unlimited chapters are being recognized as among the hunting organization’s top fundraisers in the entire country, with another 13 Northwest chapters also honored for their grassroots conservation efforts.
The Moses Lake chapter was one of seven to be honored with the Chairman’s Elite Award for raising at least $1 million for conservation this year, while the Seattle chapter was among 23 named to the Chairman’s Roll of Honor Award for bringing in $250,000 to $999,999 for DU’s mission.
Chapters in Vancouver, Washington, and Canyon County, Idaho, were honored with the President’s Elite Award for raising from $100,000 to $249,999, while two in Oregon (Bend, Portland) and nine in Washington (Ballard, Federal Way, Kitsap County, Lewis River Valley, Olympia, Quincy, Snoqualmie Valley, Spokane Valley, Tri-Cities) were named to the President’s Roll of Honor for raising between $65,000 to $99,999.
“These fundraising events are the backbone of DU’s habitat conservation efforts, and the volunteers who make up these chapters are the force making a difference for North American waterfowl populations,” DU President Rogers Hoyt Jr. said in a press release. “It takes a great deal of effort to achieve these levels, and these chapters deserve to be congratulated by every person who enjoys the outdoors.”
There are 2,600 DU chapters in the country and last year they hosted 4,200 fundraisers, according to the organization. Since 1937, the program has helped to conserve 14.5 million acres of waterfowl habitat, DU states.
“DU chapters across the country are showing that the future of waterfowl populations and the wetlands that filter our water and protect us from flooding are important to them and to their communities,” said Hoyt. “The more money we raise, the more habitat we can conserve and the closer we are to preserving our waterfowl hunting heritage. I would like to personally thank our chapters for their achievements and look forward to seeing them among our distinguished chapters next year.”