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Banding Together for Waterfowl

CPC members meet with 67 congressional offices on important conservation policy

  • Conservation Programs Committee members Gildo Tori, Ed Kircher, Bob Shimanek, Jim Talbert, Jon Kruse and Dale Humburg
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Members of Ducks Unlimited's Conservation Programs Committee met in Washington, D.C., last week and arranged meetings with 67 congressional offices to discuss reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and other DU priorities. Many meetings included members of Congress; others were with key congressional staff.

The DU committee members divided into eight teams, each accompanied by a DU staff member. They traveled the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate seeking support for waterfowl initiatives, especially co-sponsorship of legislation to renew NAWCA. By the end of their visit to the Hill, 12 members of Congress had agreed to co-sponsor the legislation and 20 others are likely to do so—evidence of the value of having constituents visit Washington seeking support from their legislators.

The CPC group was made up of 41 committee members and several DU staff. The effort was coordinated by DU's Governmental Affairs Office. Those visiting included several members of the DU board of directors, led by Senior Vice President for Conservation Paul Bonderson.

The CPC is a committee that reports and provides guidance to the DU board, as well as advising DU staff on the organization's conservation programs, science and public policy efforts.

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