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Ducks Unlimited Canada began in Manitoba

Big Grass Marsh near Gladstone, Manitoba, is considered the birthplace of wetland conservation in North America.

Land previously drained for agriculture – but unable to support crops – was restored in 1938. From those beginnings during the Great Depression, DUC has become Manitoba’s leading conservation group, providing essential habitat for waterfowl while improving the quality of life for residents.

Watch this video to learn about the many ways we work with landowners. View our Conservation Programs guide for details on programs and financial incentives available to Manitoba landowners to conserve and restore natural areas.


Manitoba by the numbers

DUC and its Manitoba partners — volunteers, governments, donors, agriculture, and industry — protect habitat and restore wetlands and grasslands to mitigate climate change.

711,744 ACRES CONSERVED

1,102,107 ACRES INFLUENCED

1,523 PROJECTS IN MANITOBA

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For over 80 years, DUC has partnered with landowners to make farms and ranches more sustainable and profitable.

Programs include Conservation Agreements, wetland restoration, and land management options for forage, marginal areas, hay, grazing and winter wheat.

When we share a vision for the land, everyone wins.

Find out more about programs and incentives.

Flock of geese flying over wetland.
Flock of geese flying over wetland. © DUC

Hunting and Trapping on DUC Lands in Manitoba

Outdoor enthusiasts in Manitoba can hunt and trap on more than 45,000 acres of DUC-controlled land.

These diverse landscapes are restored and managed to provide habitat for North America’s breeding waterfowl and made possible thanks to the donors, volunteers and partners who support our conservation work.

Find accessible lands in Manitoba and important regulations


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Legal tools to help you protect the habitat on your land

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Grazing Clubs

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Marginal Areas Program

Marginal Areas Program

Farm less. Make more. The new Marginal Areas Program increases your profits while farming fewer acres. It provides a financial incentive to seed those hard-to-access/poorly producing areas to perennial forages.

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Wetland Centres of Excellence

Wetland Centres of Excellence

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