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Policy News: Vol. 1, Issue 5

Top stories from June 30, 2009

Leading conservation initiative going strong after 75 years

The hunting community's greatest investments in conservation celebrates its 75th anniversary with the "First Day of Sale" of the 2009-2010 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp—known to DU members and supporters as the Duck Stamp.

At the flagship event in Nashville, Tenn., the new stamp—featuring a long-tailed duck swimming next to a decoy—was sold to hunters and stamp collectors. Similar first day of sale events took place across the country at more than 20 Bass Pro Shops.

The duck stamp's success continues to resonate after 75 years, with more than 5 million acres of prime waterfowl habitat conserved. While the program has been successful, skyrocketing land prices have hamstrung the program in recent years, leading Congressmen John Dingell (Mich.) and Robert Wittman (Va.) to introduce a bill—the Migratory Bird Habitat Investment and Enhancement Act—to increase the value of the stamp.

Congress introduces new bill to protect hunting access

Congress is taking a bold new step to protect America's hunting heritage, through a bill introduced by Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.) called the Hunting Heritage Protection Act. The measure would require federal lands (to the maximum extent practicable) to be managed in a way that supports, promotes and enhances hunting opportunities.

Outdoor writers flock to DU event

Ducks Unlimited hosted a reception during the Outdoor Writers of America (OWAA) national conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. Local DU members also joined in to learn more about policy and conservation, and to share their own experiences with visitors from out of town.

"There is a direct connection between political support and sufficient habitat, and that's an important message for the public to hear from their favorite outdoor authors," said Gildo Tori, manager of public policy for Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office.

State wildlife commission putting hunters' money to good use

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners is putting funds raised from Nevada duck hunters into wetland improvement and restoration efforts. Using more than $370,000 raised by sales of the Nevada duck stamp, the commission approved projects to control weeds and improve water management on the Humboldt Wildlife Management Area.

The $10 stamp is bought by waterfowl hunters to fund these and other projects aimed at habitat enhancement and protection and waterfowl population studies.

House approves big bucks for ducks

The House of Representatives passed a bill containing more than $52 million for the popular and successful North American Wetlands Conservation Act, a program with a proven history of conserving more than 25 million acres of habitat.

"This is excellent news for America's wetlands," said Scott Sutherland, director of governmental affairs for Ducks Unlimited. "A strong investment like this will build on the success that the North American Wetlands Conservation Act has had over the past 20 years."


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