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Another state aiming to increase hunter ranks

Aimed at increasing the number of younger hunters in the Badger State, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed into law the Families Afield bill. The bill, which allows younger hunters to hunt with a mentor, is the twenty-ninth such bill for states across the country.

Ducks Unlimited staff in Washington, D.C., and across the country is working with the U.S. Congress to pass the Hunting Heritage Act, which aims to increase access to federally owned lands to hunting, as well as ensure that such lands are managed for game species when practical.

Hunters—waterfowl hunters in particular—are a major economic force in the United States. Waterfowlers alone contribute more than $2.3 billion to the U.S. economy every year.

Learn more about the Hunting Heritage Act




FWS introduces new mapping standard to benefit wetlands

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced a new standard for mapping wetlands in the United States, streamlining the service Ducks Unlimited has been using to effectively identify the most critical wetlands for waterfowl.

"As one of the many users of the National Wetlands Inventory, DU is encouraged to learn that mapping standards have been adopted for wetlands," said Robb Macleod, GIS manager at Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office in Ann Arbor, Mich. "As many different organizations embark on wetland mapping projects throughout the United States, this new standard will be critical. It will impact our future planning efforts as we look at regional landscapes for wetlands and waterfowl."

Ducks Unlimited and the FWS work together on many different wetland and waterfowl habitat programs, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.




The importance of clean water where you live

We all know clean water is essential to people as well as ducks, and new maps from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show that protecting geographically isolated wetlands and other water sources is more important than ever.

Across the country, millions of people depend on isolated wetlands and intermittent or headwater streams for their supplies of clean drinking water—which are without Clean Water Act protections.

Ducks Unlimited and other sportsmen's conservation groups, including Trout Unlimited and the Izaak Walton League of America, are working to restore these protections to ensure healthy, clean wetlands for ducks and people.

It is critical for your elected officials to know that clean water affects everybody, from duck hunters and fishermen to children playing in the creek out back, to anyone filling a glass with clean, unpolluted water.

 

Members of Congress will be in their home states and districts until Labor Day, so take the time to see when they will be in your hometown. Find contact information and schedules at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov, or call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121.

Don't forget to take action for clean water—and for the ducks!

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