For decades, Ducks Unlimited has been working with federal agencies to restore and conserve prime waterfowl habitat
in coastal areas that border the country. However, budget reductions are currently threatening to reduce and possibly eliminate many of the programs that help conserve our nation's coastal areas, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's (NOAA) coastal habitat and restoration programs.
To highlight the many benefits of coastal areas, Ducks Unlimited and several other conservation organizations recently met with the administration's Council on Environmental Quality Chairwoman Nancy Sutley. The meeting is part of an ongoing campaign being led by a coalition of conservation partners to educate the administration, Congress and other federal agencies on the positive impacts that NOAA's coastal habitat and restoration programs have on protecting coastal ecosystems and supporting local economies.
Coastal regions provide shelter for 85 percent of waterfowl and other migratory birds, making conserving these areas a priority for Ducks Unlimited. However, protecting and improving these areas also represents a smart investment for the federal government. Coastal regions contribute trillions of dollars to America's economy by increasing land values, supporting outdoor recreation, improving tourism and countless other opportunities.
"Ducks Unlimited supports NOAA's coastal habitat protection and restoration programs because they effectively manage and conserve coastal ecosystems and resources in a flexible and affordable manner," said DU Director of Public Policy Barton James. "To ensure that our nation's wildlife, local communities and economy thrive, we must continue to educate policymakers on the long-term value that these coastal conservation programs provide."