HCTF partner Ducks Unlimited Canada is celebrating 75 years of working to conserve critical wetlands. On March 9th, Ducks hosted a Diamond Signature Event in honour of its anniversary, and presented HCTF with a beautiful pair of hand-carved decoys in recognition of the Foundation’s contribution to their work. Board member Dr. Ken Ashley accepted the accolade on behalf of HCTF. “The conservation successes achieved through the partnership of our two organizations exemplify the outstanding results that can be achieved through wildlife resource users investing in habitat,” said Dr. Ashley. ”Through DUC’s continued dedication to the protection and enhancement of wetlands, HCTF has found a long-term, valuable partner in conservation, and we hope to continue that relationship to the benefit of wetlands for many years to come.” Above: Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Regional Director Les Bogdan ( far left ), CEO Greg Siekaniec ( left of centre ) and President Tom Worden ( far right ) present HCTF board member Dr. Ken Ashley ( centre ) and CEO Brian Springinotic ( right of centre ) with a pair of hand-carved decoys in recognition of the Foundation’s support. Since 1981, Ducks and HCTF have collaborated on dozens of wetland preservation and enhancement projects throughout BC. From Delkatla Slough on the Queen Charlotte Islands to Boundary Lake in the Peace Region, to the Codd Island wetland in the Lower Mainland and the Hoodoo property in the East Kootenays, you can find the results of joint DUC/HCTF investments in virtually every part of the province. Both organizations were among the founding members of both the Pacific Estuary Conservation Program and the BC Trust for Public Lands. Together, we continue to be leaders in on-the ground wetlands conservation through the Wetland Partnership Program. Over the past ten years, HCTF has contributed approximately $2.5 M to this program, funding wetland acquisitions, stewardship projects and site restoration activities.