A fundraising first in Saskatchewan for DUC
September 4, 2013 – Regina, SK. – On Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) will offer the Bayet conservation property for sale by auction during the organization’s Diamond Signature Gala in Regina. The gala is one of only ten Signature Events across the country and celebrates Ducks Unlimited Canada’s 75 years of conservation excellence. The Signature Gala marks the first time a property will be included in an auction lineup at a DUC fundraising event in Saskatchewan.
“We are very excited to include this remarkable waterfowl habitat as part of our gala event,” says Dr. James McHattie, DUC board member and volunteer in Saskatchewan. “The Bayet property rounds out an incredible selection of auction items ranging from original art by well-known Saskatchewan artists to an Arizona Quail Hunt; as well as limited edition Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary merchandise,” says McHattie. “More importantly, Bayet is a living example of DUC’s conservation success in Saskatchewan.”
Located approximately 30 kms northwest of Biggar, Saskatchewan, the Bayet conservation project has protected 315 acres of native grassland and wetlands in perpetuity. The project lies within the northern reaches of the Missouri Coteau, a highly important breeding area for waterfowl in the continent.
“This project was at high risk of being lost, considering the surrounding land use,” says Brian Hepworth, DUC’s manager of provincial operations in Saskatchewan. “Through our Revolving Land Program, DUC has been able to protect this habitat and it is now ready to be offered back on the market,” he adds.
DUC’s Revolving Land Program is a new approach to conserving and protecting wetland and upland habitat using conservation easements. Through this program, DUC purchases lands, restores them, and then sells them back to producers with a conservation easement (CE) placed on the title. The CE is a legal instrument that protects these areas for perpetuity from any drainage, clearing, or breaking. The proceeds of the sale are then re-invested to purchase and protect other parcels of land elsewhere and the process repeats itself – thus termed ‘revolving’.
“Land parcels with natural grasslands and wetlands like the Bayet project don’t come on the market every day,” says Hepworth. “We are tremendously honored to be able to offer it for auction at our gala event. We are also encouraging interested bidders to discuss this purchase in advance with their legal and financial advisers to ensure that they are fully aware of the terms of the conservation easement that comes with the land.”
Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment.
For more information, contact:
Lori Gasper, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Specialist, Saskatchewan
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Office: (306) 665.7157
Cell: (306) 381.4535