Ducks Unlimited's Conservation Programs Committee, a volunteer group that provides advice to the DU board of directors in achieving its conservation
mission, met this weekend near Sacramento, Calif. The meeting was hosted by Paul and Sandy Bonderson at their Bird Haven Ranch. Bonderson is DU's Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs.
At the meeting, the CPC considered and supported DU's efforts on several issues, including the 2012 Farm Bill and DU's renewed efforts to get Clean Water Act protections restored to geographically isolated wetlands. Both issues rank high among DU priorities. Farm bill conservation programs are often utilized by DU to achieve a variety of habitat objectives. The group also approved several important land projects and initiatives.
"This CPC meeting was very productive," said Scott Sutherland, director of DU's Governmental Affairs Office. "The committee had good discussions to advance proposed plans for DU's work on the 2012 Farm Bill. One of the main goals those discussions outlined was ensuring the farm bill's conservation programs receive sufficient funding."
There was also a good discussion of DU's work on restoring protections for geographically isolated wetlands lost after Supreme Court decisions in the last decade.
Committee members are routinely briefed on DU's public policy agenda and the status of that work. One portion of that presentation at this meeting included a forecast of what the November 2010 election results might mean for the needs of waterfowl (and waterfowlers).
The Committee honored the leadership of Dr. Alan Wentz, recently retired Chief Conservation Officer for DU, for his leadership of DU's conservation staff and his work as the lead staff liaison to the Committee. During his tenure as the senior staff leader for DU's "conservation product," the organization conserved more than 3.3 million acres of land in the United States.
DU’s Conservation Programs Committee recently met to discuss DU’s efforts on several issues, including the 2012 Farm Bill and DU’s renewed efforts to get Clean Water Act protections restored to geographically isolated wetlands