Ducks Unlimited recognized Flint Hills Resources at its annual banquet Wednesday for reaching the $1 million milestone in giving to the organization.

For more than 30 years, the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount has partnered with Ducks Unlimited to conserve more than 250,000 acres across North America.

Flint Hills Resources’ contribution to Ducks Unlimited now totals nearly $1.3 million.

The company is a primary supporter of the Living Lakes Initiative, a Ducks Unlimited program to enhance shallow lakes, restore and protect small wetlands and prairie uplands, and acquire and restore additional habitat from willing landowners to increase public holdings.

This work has recently expanded beyond Minnesota to Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Texas and Georgia.

“We are incredibly proud of this honor and our longstanding partnership with Ducks Unlimited because we all benefit from the work they do to preserve and enhance cherished natural habitats,” said Geoff Glasrud, vice president and manufacturing manager of the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery. “Ducks Unlimited is an effective champion for the outdoors and we are grateful to be their longtime partners.”

In 2019, support from Flint Hills Resources will help Ducks Unlimited enhance more than 1,900 acres of shallow lakes, restore nearly 800 acres of wetland and upland habitat, and acquire and restore more than 700 acres of land that will be added to the state’s holdings for public use in Minnesota.

“Ducks Unlimited is stronger because of its partnerships with companies that share our appreciation for the outdoors,” said Adam DeHaan, senior director of development for Ducks Unlimited. “Flint Hills Resources is one of our longest standing corporate sponsors. Their commitment to conservation has allowed us to make major ecological impacts across North America, and for that we are thankful.”

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