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DUC and the Province have a long history with Oak Hammock Marsh. DUC was interested in restoration projects in the area as early as the 1940s. The Province began acquiring land in the area in the late 1960s. In 1972, with the assistance of DUC, the province of Manitoba began constructing 22 kilometers of earth dykes to restore a small portion of the original marsh. The restored marsh and surrounding upland areas were officially designated as Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in 1973.
In the 1980s, the two partners began work to realize a shared dream of enhancing the education and interpretive potential of Oak Hammock Marsh. Construction on the Interpretive Centre was completed in 1992.
The Interpretive Centre continues to be jointly managed by Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Province of Manitoba, working with the Interpretive Centre’s volunteer Board of Directors. The Conservation Centre is also Ducks Unlimited Canada’s national headquarters. The WMA is managed by Manitoba Sustainable Development.