The Jones County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited has been named one of the top 100 chapters in the nation for the eighth consecutive year.
The chapter was among those chosen out of more than 2,700 DU chapters nationwide, by raising more than $75,000, mostly through its annual banquet.
“These fundraising events are the backbone of DU’s habitat conservation efforts, and the volunteers who make up these chapters are the grassroots force making a difference for North American waterfowl populations,” said DU president John Newman. “It takes a great deal of effort to crack the top 100, and these chapters deserve to be congratulated from every person who enjoys the outdoors.”
DU’s event fundraising system has become a model for other conservation organizations around the world, and has funded a significant portion of the more than 13 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat DU has conserved since 1937.
“DU chapters across the country are showing that the future of waterfowl populations and the wetlands that filter our drinking water and protect us from flooding are important to them and their communities,” Newman said. “The more money we raise, the more habitat we can conserve and the closer we are to preserving our waterfowl hunting heritage.”
The 33rd annual Jones County Ducks Unlimited Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at the Legionnaire Ballroom in Oxford Junction.