WILLMAR, Minn. – Feb. 24, 2020 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) presented its Minnesota Conservation Partner of the Year award to Bill Schuna, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area wildlife manager for Slayton and Talcot areas in southwest Minnesota.
The award was presented during the 2020 Minnesota State Convention on Feb. 8, in Willmar.
“Over the last 20 years, Bill has provided great local leadership and collaborative conservation partnerships to help us complete many Ducks Unlimited-MDNR projects in southwest Minnesota,” said Jon Schneider, director of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited’s Living Lakes Initiative in Minnesota.
With Schuna’s guidance, DU and the MDNR have completed nine public prairie and wetland acquisition or restoration projects totaling 1,550 acres since the passage of the state’s Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment in 2008. Schuna helped with Ducks Unlimited’s largest public land acquisition project in the state to date, a 644-acre tract that became Swessinger Wildlife Management Area in Nobles County.
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