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New director for DU’s Great Plains Region

Ducks Unlimited has named Johann Walker as the next director of operations for DU’s 7-state Great Plains Region. The region includes North Dakota.

“Johann has a passion for and a deep commitment to wetlands and grasslands in the United States Great Plains,” said Ducks Unlimited Chief Conservation Officer Karen Waldrop. “DU’s Great Plains Region carries out conservation programs in seven states that include some of the most important nesting and migration habitat on the continent. We are pleased to have Johann leading the charge.”

Walker joined Ducks Unlimited in 2004 as a research biologist at the Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck, N.D. He managed and directed the science and planning team for Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Region from 2010 to 2013, leading and publishing research on habitat relationships of breeding waterfowl, land-use change, and conservation strategy.

Walker also managed and directed the conservation programs team in the Dakotas and Montana that conserved 824,000 acres of wetland and grassland habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region and Northern Great Plains from 2013 to 2020.

“We are pleased he will be leading DU’s conservation programs in the Great Plains where upwards of 50 percent of the continent’s waterfowl nest in the Prairie Pothole Region states of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota,”said DU CEO Adam Putnam.

Walker received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He will assume his new position on April 1 and will continue working out of DU’s Great Plains Regional Office in Bismarck.

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