Secretary Salazar to Sign Landmark Conservation Agreement at Ducks Unlimited Conference in Nashville

Plan lays out renewed vision for conserving wetlands and waterfowl


Contact: Adam Fetcher (DOI) 202-208-6416

NASHVILLE, TN— On Thursday, May 31, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will hold a town hall meeting at the Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, where he will sign the landmark 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

Secretary Salazar is expected to discuss the value of conservation and outdoor recreation to our nation’s economy with members from Ducks Unlimited, a group founded by sportsmen in 1937 to conserve, restore, and manage North America’s wetlands for the benefit of waterfowl, wildlife and people. 

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) is the centerpiece of an international strategy to conserve migratory waterfowl throughout the continent. First signed in 1986 by the United States and Canada, with Mexico becoming a signatory in 1994, it has remained a vital document for guiding resources to conserve waterfowl and their habitat. 

Waterfowl are among North America’s most valued natural resources. In 2006, an estimated 87.5 million Americans spent $122.3 billion on wildlife-related recreation, including 1.8 million waterfowl hunters who spent nearly $1 billion on trips and equipment.

WHO: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
John Newman, President of Ducks Unlimited
Jim Ringelman, Director of Conservation Programs in the Great Plains Region, Ducks Unlimited
WHAT: Signing of NAWMP and Town Hall Meeting with Ducks Unlimited
WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2012
WHERE: Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center
Tennessee Ballroom
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214