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Ducks unlimited aids in habitat preservation.

As winter begins to creep in, many thoughts turn to duck hunting, which has been highly variable in recent winters.

Biologists can point to no single cause, but mild weather through the winter period is surely a significant factor.

Ducks Unlimited said it has been working to assure sufficient habitat exists to accommodate waterfowl and waterfowl hunters.

The organization said it has completed 63 projects in Arkansas on public lands, including many state and federal lands open to waterfowl hunting.

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission in purchasing the Frog Bayou Wildlife Management Area, said Craig Hilburn, director of conservation programs in Arkansas. "Ducks Unlimited biologists and engineers also were instrumental in designing and constructing the new wetlands and reforesting the area with bottomland hardwood trees."

Ducks Unlimited has worked with the AGFC to improve waterfowl habitat and hunting on all 25 public WMAs.

"We accomplished a great deal last year on Frog Bayou WMA, Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge and White River NWR," Hilburn said. "We also submitted a North American Wetland Conservation Act grant proposal for restoration work at Halowell Reservoir on Bayou Meto WMA and planned restoration work at Dry Lake on the White River NWR. Restoration efforts should begin this summer on these two important waterfowl areas."

Plans for the coming year include submission of another North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant proposal for restoration work at Wrape Plantation on Bayou Meto WMA and White River NWR. Two-thirds of North America's waterfowl spend the winter in Ducks Unlimited's Southern Region. The Wetlands Reserve Program, administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, has restored more than 500,000 wetland acres in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
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Title Annotation:HUNTING
Author:Henry, John
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U7AR
Date:Dec 3, 2007
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