Also highlighted online and in print this year will be 50 state projects lauded as DU's best of the best. Conservation staff chose a project from each state for stand-out impact and the project's representation of DU's 75 years of conservation work. These project profiles are featured on the DU website and will be displayed at DU state conventions and 75th anniversary events nationwide. "Conservation for Generations" is the theme of the 75th anniversary celebration, with an emphasis on conserving wetlands and waterfowl for future generations, as well as getting those future generations involved with DU today, by bringing a new hunter to the duck blind or purchasing a Greenwing youth membership for a child.
I had the privilege of recently attending a DU media camp, and while the hunting was great fun, the highlight of the trip, truly, was meeting all the DU folks--from biologists to policy experts to DU's communications staff--and getting a unique perspective on the DU mission, not only in terms of its many and varied conservation projects, but also DU's incredibly important public policy efforts. You can wish for all the ducks and wetland restoration you want, but unless you have someone in Washington trying (often in vain, unfortunately) to educate and influence the people who make the rules and control the purse strings, it's simply not going to happen.