The Department of Natural Resources presented the Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited with a Partners in Conservation Award last week at the regular monthly meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Saginaw.

“Ducks Unlimited has been an invaluable partner to us on numerous grants to get important wetland restoration and development projects accomplished,” said DNR waterfowl and wetlands program leader Barb Avers. “They’ve used their expertise to not only help fund, but to create partnerships, engineer and deliver completed projects. They’ve invested a lot of time and money over the decades and have been a pleasure to work with.”

“On behalf of the many volunteers and staff of Ducks Unlimited, we are honored to accept this award,” said Pete Albrecht, chairman of Michigan Ducks Unlimited. “We couldn’t ask for a better conservation partner than the Michigan DNR and we look forward to working together to restore and protect Michigan’s wetlands for many years to come.”

Several people representing the DU Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office, including regional biologist Dane Cramer; Russ Terry, director of conservation programs; and Terry Laymon, past state chairman, were on hand to accept the award for Ducks Unlimited.

Partners in Conservation Awards are bestowed upon groups and individuals who have been nominated by DNR staff in recognition of their outstanding contributions to natural resources in Michigan.

To learn more about Michigan waterfowl and wetlands visit

Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.  Learn more at

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural resources for current and future generations. For more information go to

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