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May 2011

  • May 10
    Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Honor from USDA-NRCS; DU Leaders Visit Capitol Hill, Discuss Waterfowl Initiatives with Nation's Top Policymakers; DU explains importance of Clean Water Act draft guidance during media briefing
  • May 4
    DU lauds process to restore wetlands protections critical to waterfowl; Secretary of Interior Salazar Meets with DU in Pothole Country; DU's work in Wisconsin praised by Congressman Tom Petri

April 2011

  • April 26
    DU to sportsmen: Ask Congress to direct oil spill fines back to Gulf Coast restoration; DU helps protect Miss. land grants funding from massive budget cuts; Natural Resources Trustees announce $1 billion down payment for Gulf Coast restoration efforts
  • April 20
    One year later: DU joins NWF to update sportsmen on Gulf spill restoration efforts, Teleconference set for April 20 at 8 p.m. EDT; DU and SCI victorious in effort to protect hunting on public lands, court rules waterfowl hunting can proceed on national wildlife refuges
  • April 13
    Congress Poised to Restore Partial Funding to NAWCA; NAWCA in Action: Helping Restore Waterfowl Habitats in Louisiana; DU Advocates for Conservation Investment in Wisconsin Capitol
  • April 5
    Waterfowl Need Your Help! DU members urge Congress to support NAWCA funding; Ducks Unlimited hails the importance of NAWCA during press conference call; DU urges the continued funding of key conservation programs in written testimony to House Committee on Appropriations

March 2011

  • March 29
    Congress returns from recess to address FY2011 budget issues; DU Western Region staff discuss impact of water shortages with with Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner; Nebraska Senator Addresses Ducks Unlimited state convention
  • March 22
    Congress passes another short-term spending resolution, no cuts made to NAWCA funding; U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar visits Nebraska's Rainwater Basin to see conservation efforts in action; DU announces 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards; recipients include Illinois Sen. Durbin
  • March 15
    Senate majority proposes amendment to H.R.1, supports funding crucial conservation programs; DU GAO hosts reception in Washington, D.C., highlights importance of NAWCA program
  • March 9
    Great Lakes staff meets with Congress to express concerns; DU's Southern Region stresses importance of public policy efforts at LA Coastal Experience; Virginia congressman praises DU's efforts to restore NAWCA funding
  • March 1
    Conservation Pays (an op-ed piece by DU CEO Dale Hall); DU biologist attends meeting of coalition aimed at creating a source of state funding for MS conservation

February 2011

  • Feb. 22
    DU voices strong opposition to massive federal conservation spending cuts; President announces plan for America's Great Outdoors Initiative; DU supports Senate bill that would make tax relief permanent for conservation donations; Coalition of conservation groups urges Congress to maintain funding for successful Great Lakes programs; DU joins NWF in urging USFWS to make restoration priority at NWR in Montana; DU co-hosts reception for Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation in Washington, D.C.; Change to wetlands law in Wisconsin sets dangerous precedent throughout state; DU regional director urges Nebraska legislators to keep valuable state conservation grant program intact
  • Feb. 8
    Arkansas senator newest member of federal board managing duck habitat
  • Feb. 1
    DU supports strengthening hunting tradition with additional funding for Open Fields; DU volunteers, staff attend South Carolina Sportsmen's Caucus luncheon; DU thanks state of Louisiana for $2 million support of marsh restoration project; USDA to hold general CRP sign-up for second consecutive year; DU uses Farm Bill easement program to protect critical rice land habitat in California; DU and partners ask state of California, DOI to consider wetlands, waterfowl during water crisis

January 2011

  • Jan. 25
    Texas DU staff focusing policy concerns on water availability
  • Jan. 19
    DU conservation staff discuss common ground issues with Farm Bureau; Conservation hero makes surprise visit to GLARO office, discusses issues affecting Great Lakes region; Sen. Stabenow, DU present at Farm Bill Forum; DU's Conservation Programs Committee meets to discuss 2012 Farm Bill, Clean Water and other policy issues
  • Jan. 11
    Former DU director of conservation programs named new director of MN DNR; Assistant Secretary of the Interior, active player in national conservation programs, to step down; DU weighs in to support hunting on Forest Service lands
  • Jan. 6
    Newly appointed chairman to lead House Natural Resources Committee on decisions integral to NAWCA, duck stamp program; DU to work with 112th Congress to gain support for conservation-driven programs

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