Dr. Scott Manley, Ducks Unlimited’s director of conservation innovation, was recently awarded USA Rice’s 2016 Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award for his work on the National Rice Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project, while DU’s Southern Region Communications team was honored with the 2016 USA Rice Conservation Communications Award. DU works closely with rice farmers in both California and the southern states, using flooded rice fields as surrogate wetlands for ducks in the winter, a partnership that benefits all involved.
Leo LaGrande, California rice farmer and chairman of the USA Rice Farmers Conservation Committee, said, “Scott was one of the architects behind bringing together USA Rice and DU to form the Rice Stewardship Partnership and as the son-in-law of a rice farming family and an avid waterfowl hunter, he has long been familiar with the synergistic benefits that rice and ducks provide for one another.”
LaGrande added, “Scott has worked hard to make the partnership successful and is often joked about as a joint employee for both organizations.”
Award recipients include: Karen Almand, Graphic Designer; Clay Baird, Video Productions; Katie Burke, Heritage Center Curator; Andi Cooper, Southern Region Communications Specialist; and Greg Taras, Communications Productions.
LaGrande highlighted the DU team’s credentials, saying, “Part of the challenge that our industry faces within the realm of conservation and sustainability is our effectiveness at telling our story in a way that connects with consumers and the general public. This DU communications team has truly excelled at producing top-notch, professional resources that can be used by our sponsors, our farmers, and the media and they’ve been able to tout our successes in immeasurable ways.”
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