DU Mobile Apps
Banding Together for Waterfowl

President’s budget includes funding for conservation

SIGN IN    SAVE TO MY DU    PRINT    AAA
WASHINGTON – March 4, 2014 – President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget today and DU appreciates that it includes funding for waterfowl and wildlife conservation programs, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). 

The budget proposes funding the Department of the Interior at $11.9 billion. NAWCA funding is included at $34.14 million, which is the enacted funding for Fiscal Year 2014. The president also requested funding for other important conservation programs, such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund and state wildlife grants, which deliver on-the-ground conservation of significant waterfowl and other wildlife habitats.

“The NAWCA program just turned 25 and wetlands conservation is more important than ever because of prolonged drought in many parts of the country,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “NAWCA has operated as a sound example of a public-private partnership since its enactment. It’s essential that NAWCA receives adequate funding in fiscal year 2015 to continue conserving the wetlands that help recharge aquifers, improve water quality and provide habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. We appreciate the president’s request but will work closely with Congress to try to increase the ultimately enacted level to meet the overwhelming needs of the program.” 

Outdoor recreation, including hunting and angling, is responsible for $646 billion in consumer spending each year. The industry also supports more than 6.1 million non-exportable jobs in the nation.

Every federal dollar provided by NAWCA must be matched by at least one dollar from non-federal sources. The program is so effective that NAWCA funds are usually tripled or quadrupled on the local level. Over the lifespan of the program, NAWCA has turned more than $1 billion in federal funds into nearly $3.5 billion in additional non-federal economic activity. These projects create nearly 7,500 new jobs annually and generate more than $200 million in worker earnings each year.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 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.


 Heather Stegner
(202) 347-1530
hstegner@ducks.org


SIGN IN    SAVE TO MY DU    PRINT    AAA

Free DU Decal

Receive a free DU decal when you signup for our free monthly newsletter.

Receive a Monthly Public Policy Briefing from DU!

Subscribe to the CIB today!Want the latest information on DU's conservation policy efforts as they happen? Sign up to receive DU's Waterfowl Advocate, a monthly email summary of the state of waterfowl-related policy.

Sign up now!

  DU is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity DU Holds a 4-Star Rating with Charity Navigator