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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 of the Discovery Centre was completed in 1992.
The Conservation Centre is also Ducks Unlimited Canada’s national headquarters. The WMA is managed by Manitoba Sustainable Development.