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Banding Together for Waterfowl

A New Plan for Waterfowl

The recently revised North American Waterfowl Management Plan will help ensure a bright future for ducks and their habitats
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Another big idea embodied in NAWCA was a desire to support conservation projects throughout North America, recognizing the vital importance of the prairie, boreal forest, and Arctic regions of Canada as well as key migration and wintering habitats in the United States and Mexico. And while sending money to foreign countries may have been standard operating procedure for some departments of government, it was a radical departure for conservation agencies. These farsighted investments have paid off many times over for U.S. hunters since NAWCA began this practice. 

As it was in 1986, the success of the 2012 NAWMP hinges on support from NAWCA, which is currently being debated by Congress. For more information on how you can make your voice heard in support of NAWCA reauthorization, visit www.ducks.org/publicpolicy.

The revised NAWMP also calls for greater cooperation among the plan's many partners to more efficiently and effectively manage waterfowl populations and conserve key habitats across this continent. "Human dimensions research" will be used to bring scientific rigor to our management decisions related to people, just as trained waterfowl biologists have used science to inform waterfowl population and habitat management decisions for decades. And leaders of the waterfowl management community will work together to embrace common objectives, coordinate management actions, and evaluate our collective progress. 

The NAWMP has achieved great things during the past 26 years, conserving nearly 16 million acres of waterfowl habitat across this continent. While there is much to celebrate, many challenges remain. The world is fundamentally different today than it was when the plan was conceived in the early 1980s. The revised NAWMP reaffirms a commitment to waterfowl conservation in all its dimensions and sets a course to meet future challenges by becoming more adaptable, more efficient, and more relevant. 

The work of countless DU supporters and other conservationists over the past century has positioned the waterfowl conservation community to evolve and continue to succeed. North America has been endowed with the greatest diversity and abundance of waterfowl on earth. DU and its NAWMP partners will continue to work together to steward and secure this priceless resource for current and future generations. 

Dr. Jim Ringelman, DU's director of conservation programs for the Dakotas and Montana, coordinated the revision of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

To read the 2012 North American Waterfowl Management Plan document in its entirety, visit the DU website at www.ducks.org/NAWMP2012

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