Little Rock, Arkansas – Ducks Unlimited received a $20,000 grant from The Mid-South District UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used for work on Bayou Meto Wildlife Management Area to further restoration efforts at Halowell Reservoir. Work should be completed by early December.
Bayou Meto is one of the most revered public waterfowl areas in the U.S., offering some of the best flooded timber hunting for mallards anywhere. In 2006, DU and partners developed restoration plans for Halowell Reservoir, a 586-acre rest area on the north end of Bayou Meto. Plans are to sub-divide the reservoir into five impoundments managed as seasonally-flooded wetlands. This work will enable independent water control among wetland units with great habitat benefits to waterfowl and other marsh birds. A tail-water recovery impoundment is planned that will promote more efficient use of critical water supplies in this important agricultural region as well.
“We depend on partners like UPS to help us fund important restoration projects,” said DU Manager of Conservation Programs Craig Hilburn. “This grant has helped us restore one of Arkansas’ most important waterfowl areas, and we hope this will be the first of many cooperative efforts with UPS.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: non-profit effectiveness, economic & global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2007, The UPS Foundation distributed $46.4 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as Ducks Unlimited and provide support for building stronger communities.
“UPS has a long-standing commitment to making communities all over the world better by supporting organizations and engaging over 400,000 employees in community service worldwide,” says Lisa Hamilton, president of The UPS Foundation. “Together with nonprofit partners such as Ducks Unlimited, we work to make a positive impact on the lives of people in need.”
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with more than 12 million acres conserved. 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.