Ducks Unlimited Canada
National Boreal Program
10525 170 St NW Suite 300
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T5P 4W2

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What we do

Our mission to conserve wetlands and waterfowl requires collaboration among all who live and work in the boreal.

The National Boreal Program of Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) has over 20 years of experience working with governments, Indigenous Peoples, and industry to develop comprehensive, science-based solutions to conservation challenges relating to boreal wetlands. We support protected areas, sustainable land use and wetland policy.

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How we do it

Today, the environmentally rich boreal region is changing. We support conservation efforts that address the growing impacts of climate change and development. We are committed to ensuring a balanced and sustainable future. Our three-pronged approach recognizes the need to manage natural resources to achieve long-term environmental, social and economic goals for all who manage and live and work in the boreal.

We offer various products and solutions to aid in wetland conservation projects including:

  • wetland mapping, inventory and modelling products and services
  • wetland best management practices
  • wetlands training, outreach and extension
  • sustainable land use planning
  • consultation services
  • scientific research

Conservation in a 1,300,000,000 acre region

Our goal is to conserve enough boreal habitat to sustain 11 million ducks – 75 per cent of the region’s total population – over the next 10 years. To do this, we need to conserve at least 660 million acres of the best waterfowl habitat in the region.

To date, we have positively influenced 135,600,000 acres.


DUC’s National Boreal Program began in 1997 as the Western Boreal Forest Initiative and was focused on understanding the distribution of wetlands and waterfowl in the west. Gradually it expanded to address conservation issues related to government policy and industry practices. By 2013, it encompassed the entire boreal region of Canada — a 1.3 billion-acre landscape defined by water and wildlife.



Scientists. Conservation planners. Geospatial experts. Policy specialists. We come from different backgrounds but we have one thing in common. Conservation is our calling.

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We work with governments, Indigenous Peoples, industry and conservation groups to find innovative solutions to conservation challenges that threaten the boreal forest.

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We have solutions to your conservation challenges and we are always looking for new opportunities to collaborate.

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Working for DUC’s National Boreal Program will put you on the cutting-edge of science that’s shaping the future.

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