WASHINGTON – Sept. 23, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited is encouraged by the U.S. Senate’s early morning procedural vote yesterday to move forward with the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S.3525), making it the first piece of legislation taken up with their return in November. The 84-to-7 vote in favor of moving to vote on passage after recess reflects the broad support of these conservation, hunting and fishing provisions.
The act is a compilation of a number of different bills that promote and advance our hunting, recreational fishing and shooting heritage, and increase access to public lands for those activities. It allows the continued authorization of several vital conservation programs, including those that enhance waterfowl and other fish and wildlife populations, and conserve wetlands, aquatic systems, and other habitats.
“These bipartisan bills are important and diverse in the support they provide natural resource conservation,” said Paul Schmidt, DU’s chief conservation officer. “Some of the most important programs for waterfowl, including the reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, a provision allowing for an increase to the price of the federal duck stamp in order to conserve more wetlands, and the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act, are part of this package. It’s encouraging to see that people can work across the aisle when it comes to our natural resources, and Ducks Unlimited appreciates the work that Senator Tester and the many sponsors from both sides of the aisle have put into this important legislation.”
DU is one of 56 conservation and fishing and hunting groups, including the National Rifle Association, The Nature Conservancy and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, that supported the bill.
“Now we must keep up the momentum to ensure this bill passes into law in November through working with both sides in the House of Representatives,” Schmidt said. “Fish and wildlife conservation and hunting and fishing have always had strong bipartisan appeal, and movement of this bill in the Senate is a reflection of that support.”
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/ducksunlimitedinc.