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DU Names 16-Man Gulf Coast Response Team

June 10, 2010
Ohio Valley Outdoors
MEMPHIS, TN – To better coordinate Ducks Unlimited’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and its impact on wetlands, waterfowl and other wildlife, Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall today named a team of 16 DU professional staff to provide the organization with day-to-day guidance on all matters related to DU’s work in connection with the Gulf Coast oil spill.

“DU’s Gulf Coast Response Team has been formed to ensure that our organization’s response to this environmental catastrophe is fully coordinated in the areas of wetlands and waterfowl science, wetlands restoration and public policy,” Hall said. “In fact, several members of this team have already spent time with me in Louisiana gaining firsthand knowledge of the spill and its threats to waterfowl habitat.

“Most of the team members have been involved since this spill began April 20, and they are devoting significant time and resources to monitor, plan and execute actions by DU and our partners every day,” he said. “I am confident that this team approach will allow us to firm up our coordination and communications while providing the maximum possible response from DU.”

Hall said the team has several major goals, including monitoring the spill and reporting on activities, responses and impacts to wetlands and waterfowl. In addition to coordinating DU’s work with partners, corporations, agencies and the media, the team will take immediate action where appropriate to communicate information, engage in science and policy work, and develop efforts to restore wetlands. The team will work with partners to conduct short- and long-term monitoring of waterfowl and habitat impacts, and it will accelerate and complete planning for restoration of Gulf Coast wetlands. The team will also initiate policy efforts necessary to secure long-term protection, enhancement and expansion of coastal marshes.

The team is led by Dr. Tom Moorman, director of conservation planning in DU’s Southern Region. “Dr. Moorman has 25 years of experience in Gulf Coast wetlands restoration and management, including research on wintering waterfowl,” said Dr. Alan Wentz, DU’s senior group manager for conservation and marketing and one of three senior staff advisors to the team.

Other DU senior staff advisors for the team include Dr. Curtis Hopkins, director of southern operations in Jackson, Miss., and Ken Babcock, senior conservation director in Memphis.

The Gulf Coast is one of DU’s five highest-priority areas for waterfowl and habitat conservation in all of North America. The area winters millions of waterfowl and other migratory birds each season.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever.

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Hall said the team has several major goals, including monitoring the spill and reporting on activities, responses and impacts to wetlands and waterfowl.

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