March 13, 2019
DENVER – Two Arkansans were honored at Friday’s North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference by Ducks Unlimited for their work in promoting and conserving North America’s wetlands and waterfowl. Senator John Boozman and Jim Ronquest, producer of Rich-N-Tone videos, were recognized with two of the six awards DU presented.
Sen. Boozman received the annual Wetlands Conservation Senior Federal Official award for his continued commitment to wetlands conservation and its impact on not only the natural resources but the communities that thrive from the watchable wildlife, hunting and tourism dollars associated with waterfowl and wetland species.
Jim Ronquest received the annual Wetlands Conservation Communications award for his efforts in influencing youth education and conservation efforts. In addition to his many videos capturing the thrill of waterfowl hunting in Arkansas and other states, Ronquest organizes free duck-calling classes and many other hunting- and conservation-oriented events for youths interested in the outdoors.
“Every year dedicated conservation professionals are nominated for these awards. Nominees and those selected for recognition represent how people with a shared passion can achieve great things for wetlands and waterfowl conservation,” Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Nick Wiley said. “Ducks Unlimited is pleased to recognize these efforts that serve as an inspiration for others to follow. Conservation requires teamwork and only by working together can we achieve effective and lasting success.”
Visit www.ducks.org/wetlandawards to read more about the Wetland Conservation Awards and the individual winners.