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Policy News 1.14


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Introducing the next generation to waterfowl hunting

Ducks Unlimited events across the country are introducing young hunters to waterfowl-hunting traditions. DU chapters in Montana, Nebraska and elsewhere are holding clinics to teach today's youth how to be tomorrow's conservation leaders. These clinics are introducing young hunters to hunter safety, tradition, ethics, duck calling and other skills that will help them become conservation-minded sportsmen and women.

To ensure there are lands for future generations, DU is supporting the Hunter Heritage Protection Act, introduced in the House and Senate. This bill would ensure that federal lands are managed for hunting when practical and would require Congressional oversight before lands are closed off to hunting.

Learn more about the Hunting Heritage Protection Act

If you want to help ensure that today's Greenwings become tomorrow's conservation leaders and have places to hunt, take a moment to contact your Members of Congress and ask them to support America's hunting legacy. The call you make to them might be more important than the ones you make in the blind.

Find your Senators at www.senate.gov

Find your Representative at www.house.gov

Or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121

Restoration efforts underway in Saginaw Bay

Ducks Unlimited and its partners are using a popular and successful program to restore more than 100 acres near Michigan's Saginaw Bay. A North American Wetlands Conservation Act project with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Dow Chemical and others will restore habitat at Wigwam Bay in eastern Michigan.

Paul Hess, DU regional biologist, says not only birds will benefit from the restored habitat, but people will have plenty to do there as well.

"The most direct benefit is public recreation. Whatever the state will allow there—hunting, fishing, bird watching, photography," Hess says, adding it will also enhance water quality. "Individual wetlands sort of have a whole function of values. They provide areas for flood storage and they recharge ground water, filter nutrients."

Learn more about the North American Wetlands Conservation Act

Senate to help Great Lakes ducks

Summer is almost over, and the Senate is poised to return after Labor Day to pick up where the House of Representatives left off with funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The House approved the president's full request of $475 million to restore and protect wetland and aquatic habitat in the Great Lakes. This funding will be vital to efforts in removing invasive species that threaten the viability of waterfowl populations in the region.

The Great Lakes region is one of DU's priority conservation areas with more than 3 million ducks and geese migrating through the area annually. Many waterfowl and shorebird species use the lakes and surrounding wetlands to breed and rear their young.

Learn more about DU's work in the Great Lakes region


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