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Waterfowl, other species to benefit from conservation partnership.

Dan Scheffler and Reid Gronski

Minnesota Ducks Unlimited corporate relations chair, Dan Scheffler, accepts a $40,000 check from Unimin Ottawa plant manager, Reid Gronski.

Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited

OTTAWA, Minn. –( Ducks Unlimited (DU) is the beneficiary of a $40,000 donation from Unimin Corporation to help protect, restore, and enhance habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife in Minnesota.

The gift provides merchandise underwriting at select DU fundraising events and invests in shallow lake habitat through the Living Lakes Initiative.

“Unimin operates two Minnesota mining and processing facilities with conservation in mind.  Handling natural resources like they do, Unimin has a unique understanding of the positive environmental impact that wetlands hold,” said Tim Roble, DU Minnesota state chairman.

“Their support helps DU enhance waterfowl habitat that at the same time provides clean water and sequesters carbon. Unimin has acted as an environmental steward for quite some time, and we’re pleased to begin this meaningful partnership.”

Ducks Unlimited has identified the prairie pothole landscape of Minnesota as a level one conservation priority. Plans for wetland acquisitions, enhancements, restorations and engineering survey and design efforts are underway to maximize the impact on this valuable waterfowl habitat. The generous gift from Unimin will help DU leverage nearly $1.5 million in public grants and an additional $400,000 in private funds provided by DU members and philanthropists. These projects will take place on a series of managed shallow lakes and wetlands in Minnesota that provide high-quality aquatic food and other benefits for migrating and breeding waterfowl.

“In the last 40 years, Unimin has reclaimed and preserved more than 1,500 acres of native prairie grassland, wetlands, and river bottoms along the Minnesota River Valley, following mining operations,” said Reid Gronski, Unimin Ottawa plant manager.

“Ducks Unlimited is a great champion of the outdoors, and partnering with them coincides with our conservation ethic.  Minnesota is a diverse landscape and we’re excited to engage with DU to enhance and conserve this habitat.”

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit Connect with us on our Facebook page at, follow our tweets at and watch DU videos at

Unimin Corporation is a worldwide supplier to the glass, ceramic and lighting industries, to semiconductor and solar photovoltaic cell production industries, to oil and natural gas service companies, and to paint, plastic, rubber and composite manufacturers.  Unimin Corporation, a GRI Certified sustainable, safe, and environmentally sound company, has two silica sand mining/mineral processing sites in south central Minnesota, one active for over 30 years and the other for over 40 years.  In addition to supplying sand to the energy industry, these two sites also provide sand for a variety of Minnesota and regional companies for use in their manufacturing processes, including glass, foundry, geothermal, & roofing products.

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