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Florida Waterfowl Summit will focus on water issues

What: 2014 Florida Waterfowl Summit
When: Aug. 14-15
Where: Hilton Ocala, 3600 SW 36th Ave.
Cost: Free, pre-registration required
Website: www.unitedwaterfowlers.org
Contact: John Hitchcock, 321-729-3646
A few years ago, after sometimes crossed messages from different state and federal agencies about projects to rehabilitate and protect wetlands in Florida, a group of duck hunters decided that a summit to bring the agencies together could help focus efforts — and in turn better protect duck habitats.

“The degradation of water and the loss of wetlands affects ducks, but it’s about a lot more than that. There are a bunch of species it affects. It’s about the whole ecosystem,” said Steve Pasteur, a member of United Waterfowlers of Florida, which started the summit. This year, the summit includes speakers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the St. Johns Water Management District.

But the 2014 Florida Waterfowl Summit is more than just about ducks. In its fourth year, the summit, scheduled for Aug. 14 and 15 at the Hilton Ocala, will focus more on water issues and wetland management.