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Banding Together for Waterfowl

Policy News: Vol. 3, Issue 15

Top stories for Apr. 20, 2011

One year later: DU joins NWF to update sportsmen on Gulf spill restoration efforts 

Teleconference set for April 20 at 8 p.m. EDT 

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a tragedy that devastated wildlife habitats, communities and economies across the Gulf Coast

DU knows how important protecting wetlands and waterfowl populations are to its members. To keep you informed on these issues, Ducks Unlimited and the National Wildlife Federation are hosting a national teleconference today at 8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT to update sportsmen across the nation about ongoing efforts to revitalize the Gulf coastline. To participate in this call, please dial 877-229-8493 and use the passcode 15842 to gain access to the teleconference. 

During the teleconference, DU CEO Dale Hall and NWF CEO Larry Schweiger will discuss the state of current Gulf Coast restoration projects, the dangers of coastal wetland loss and public policy initiatives that support rebuilding and protecting coastal wetlands and marshes. 

"For years, DU has been working on the Gulf Coast to fight the loss of wetlands, which has been occurring for decades at a rate of 24 to 48 square miles per year," Hall said. "DU and NWF believe it is important to continue to educate sportsmen about the impact the spill had and continues to have on Gulf wildlife habitats and inform sportsmen on current efforts underway to restore these vital wetlands." 

"If we do not conserve these crucial areas now, the Gulf's rich waterfowling tradition could be lost forever," Hall said. In order to ensure this does not happen, Ducks Unlimited encourages you to participate in this national teleconference to learn more about the fight against wetland loss. 

**DU and NWF Teleconference Call**

Wednesday, April 20, 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT

Call-in Information: Dial 877-229-8493, passcode 15842

DU and SCI victorious in effort to protect hunting on public lands 

Court rules waterfowl hunting can proceed on national wildlife refuges

Last Wednesday, Ducks Unlimited and waterfowl hunters across the nation celebrated a court ruling that allows waterfowl hunting to proceed on a number of national wildlife refuges across the nation. The decision, which was issued by the Northern Federal Court District of Ohio, will help ensure that generations of waterfowl hunting heritage will be protected. 

After the ruling, Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall applauded the court's decision and reaffirmed DU's support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). "For years, Ducks Unlimited and its members have regularly demonstrated their strong support of the National Wildlife Refuge System, whether it is through participating in the purchase of ducks stamps or through directly partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service," said Hall. "Furthermore, this ruling will help ensure the USFWS can continue to successfully manage wildlife and offer quality, wildlife-related recreation opportunities to the American public." 

The lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2003, attempted to end hunting activities on nearly 70 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Safari Club International provided the legal team that led the effort to defend the USFWS. Due to the serious implications the lawsuit could have on DU members and on the management of hunting and habitat, DU also joined efforts to protect sportsmen's rights and wildlife management. 

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