Regarding Family preserves wetland area (The Morning Star Nov. 8).
Thanks and sincere appreciation to Joyce Young and her sons, David and Robert, for their donation of Marsh Lake to Ducks Unlimited so it can be preserved as a natural wetland area.
Wetland degradation throughout North America over the past century has put strains on the functionality of wetland ecosystems and the wildlife species that depend on those habitats.
It is indeed heartwarming to read of a family that cares enough about wetlands and the critters associated with the wetlands to maintain and give back to the nature they enjoyed over the decades.
Having been a waterfowl biologist for several decades, I know all too well the value of wetlands to wildlife and the precarious nature of those ecosystems.
An intact, functioning wetland is the most diverse ecosystem in the world that provides a myriad of societal benefits beyond the obvious support of numerous wildlife species.
Tremendous kudos also to Ducks Unlimited Canada for its willingness to unselfishly work with a diversity of partners to maintain, enhance, and protect functional wetland ecosystems right across this country.
Future generations will appreciate the wildness that is preserved through the generosity and dedication of folks like the Youngs and organizations like Ducks Unlimited.