Efforts Outside the Duck Factory
While many of the policy issues of importance to DU are specific to or heavily benefit waterfowl habitats in the PPR, DU is actively involved in the public-policy arena in other regions as well. Some examples include:
- Saving the Gulf Coast
One of the most imperiled waterfowl habitat areas in the world is the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas where millions of ducks and geese winter. Coastal erosion is devastating these habitats and threatening shipping and energy industries that depend on the Gulf Coast as a point of entry. DU is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other partners to find effective solutions to coastal erosion and protect this vital habitat.
- Improving the Wetlands Reserve Program
After unpopular changes hurt enrollment in the Wetlands Reserve Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service is working to achieve full enrollment in the program by 2012. DU and other partners will help fulfill this goal, which will restore millions of acres of wildlife habitat across the country. This program is especially important in places like the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, a vital migration and wintering area for several species of ducks and geese.
There are many other waterfowl issues in which DU's Governmental Affairs Office is fully engaged and many ways that DU members can be a part of the policy process. To stay up to date on all the latest policy news from Washington, D.C., please visit www.ducks.org/publicpolicy. You can also sign up to be a member of DU's Governmental Affairs Team and receive DU's weekly Conservation Issues Briefing (see sidebars).
Join DU's Governmental Affairs Team
Public policy isn't just for the experts. DU's 1 million members and supporters carry a lot of weight in the halls of Congress and in statehouses across the country. If you want to make your voice heard for waterfowlers everywhere, join DU's Governmental Affairs Team. Visit www.ducks.org/volunteer/publicpolicy and sign up today so you can help.