Download high-res photo. Cutline: From left, John Lindstrom, Ducks Unlimited Minnesota biologist; Scott Glup, Litchfield Wetland Management District project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; John Schneider, Ducks Unlimited manager of conservation programs for Minnesota.
WILLMAR, Minnesota – Feb. 9, 2019 – Ducks Unlimited recognized Scott Glup, Litchfield Wetland Management District project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), with its 2018 Minnesota Conservation Partner of the Year Award.
The award was presented Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Ducks Unlimited Minnesota State Convention in Willmar.
Located an hour west of Minneapolis in Minnesota’s Prairie Pothole Region, the Litchfield Wetland Management District was established in 1978 to acquire, restore and manage habitat for waterfowl production and other migratory birds. The district manages about 37,000 acres of Waterfowl Production Areas in a seven-county area in south-central Minnesota including Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Todd, Renville, Stearns and Wright counties.
Glup has led the district for 15 years and is a strong supporter of Ducks Unlimited’s Living Lakes Initiative in Minnesota. The award recognizes Glup’s strong stewardship of wetland and prairie resources, and partnership approach to conservation project and program delivery.
John Lindstrom, Ducks Unlimited biologist in Minnesota, said Glup is enthusiastic about growing the size and health of public lands throughout the state. Glup was instrumental in Ducks Unlimited’s 4,000-acre Pelican Lake enhancement in Wright County.
“Scott always has an eye out for the next wildlife habitat conservation opportunity,” Lindstrom said. “He knows how to problem solve. He keeps a positive attitude, working through all those things that might set a project back.”
Lindstrom shares space in the Litchfield Wetland Management District office and said Glup has been a mentor on numerous conservation topics.
“Personally, he helps me because I can see his conservation passion as an example that can last for an entire career,” Lindstrom said.
Glup’s career with the USFWS has stretched more than 30 years. He has worked on six natural wildlife refuges in five different states, including Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota. Glup earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in wildlife management the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He and his wife, Kristi, have two adult children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening and introducing youth to the out-of-doors.
“Minnesota is a great place to work and the partnerships like those with Ducks Unlimited are unbelievable here,” he said. “When we get into these larger, more complicated wetland projects, Ducks Unlimited has the expertise to help our goals.”
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.