On May 20 in Los Banos, California, Ducks Unlimited recognized longtime member and Senior Vice President of Conservation Programs, Doug Federighi, at the Grassland Water District Office for his dedication to the conservation of California’s wetlands, particularly in the Central Valley. A bronze plaque honoring Federighi’s “commitment to Ducks Unlimited and contributions to advancing quality waterfowl habitat in the Grasslands and across North America,” was unveiled in front of friends and colleagues and will permanently reside at the district office.
The names of 45 major sponsors who made financial commitments to Ducks Unlimited’s California Wetlands Initiative and other priorities in Doug’s honor join Federighi’s name on the plaque. Many of the sponsors pledged their support in March at DU’s highly successful Blackhawk Diamond Gala, which celebrated Ducks Unlimited’s 80th Anniversary and Federighi’s conservation work.
After many years of working on issues in the seasonal marshes of California’s Merced County, where he still serves as vice president of the Grassland Water District, Doug became involved in Ducks Unlimited in the early 1990s both as a major donor and volunteer, joining DU’s Conservation Programs Committee (CPC). He would later become a driving force in recruiting current DU President Paul Bonderson to DU.
Currently, Federighi serves as chairman of the CPC. He and his wife, Carol, are Legacy Sponsors and members of Ducks Unlimited’s President’s Council. During the unveiling ceremony, Federighi made a point to thank Carol for her support and commitment through the years