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FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ANNOUNCES JUNIOR DUCK STAMP PARTNERSHIP WITH WETLANDS INSTITUTE

 HADLEY, Mass., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Teaching America's youth about wetlands and waterfowl conservation through the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program and Design contest is the focus of a 1994 partnership between the Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor, N.J.
 "While practicing their artistic talents, students learn about the importance of wetland environments to waterfowl and many other wildlife, including endangered species, but also the benefits to people, such as purifying water systems and controlling flooding." said Robert Lesino, chief of the Federal Duck Stamp Program.
 "The partnership between the Wetlands Institute and the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is a natural winning combination," said Wetlands Institute Executive Director Cindy O'Connor. "Instilling an appreciation for waterfowl and wetlands conservation in New Jersey's youth is our ultimate goal."
 Surrounded by salt marsh and located directly behind the barrier island resort of Stone Harbor, the Wetlands Institute is ideally situated for teaching coastal ecology and as a field station for research.
 Founded by Herbert H. Mills to further coastal environmental knowledge and appreciation, the Wetlands Institute has been a leader in the development of youth conservation education programs within the state of New Jersey, including hosting the annual New Jersey Wetlands Festival each year in mid-September.
 The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program is a unique conservation education curriculum tailored to students in grades K-12. Public and private school teachers throughout participating states can use the curriculum to conduct classroom activities relating to wildlife conservation and management principles into a dynamic, active visual arts curriculum to bring new interest to both the sciences and the arts.
 New Jersey is the twenty-fourth state to elect to participate in the program and contest in 1994. Funds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps are used to support state conservation programs as well as to operate, administer and expand the Junior Duck Stamp Program and Design Contest.
 For more information about the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program and Design Contest, contact the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Duck Stamp Office, 1849 C St., NW, Room 2058, Washington, D.C. 20240 or call 202-208-4354.
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 /CONTACT: Rachel F. Levin 413-253-8321; or Diana Weaver, 413-253-8329 both of U.S. Fish and Wildlife/


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