MEMPHIS, Tenn. – July 9, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) appreciates the funding of more than $34 million for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) provided by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies in their bill. The approval maintains funding levels on par with FY14.
"We'd like to thank Chairman Calvert (CA) and Ranking Member Moran (VA) for providing more than $34 million for NAWCA in its FY15 subcommittee bill," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "While this is level funding with FY14, it clearly demonstrates a renewed commitment to this vital program that delivers wetland conservation on the ground for waterfowl, other wildlife and our citizens."
Since 1990, more than 5,000 partners have completed more than 2,400 NAWCA projects resulting in the conservation of 27.5 million acres of habitat on the ground. Reflecting their commitment to these vital habitat projects, partners have contributed $2.7 billion in non-federal matching funds for the nearly $1.3 billion made available in federal grants. NAWCA creates and enhances wetland habitat that serves as vital breeding, migratory and wintering grounds for millions of waterfowl throughout their life cycle. With appropriate funding for this program, the public will benefit for years from healthy waterfowl populations and increased hunting opportunities.
"Wetlands are not only important to wildlife, but also provide significant goods and services to our citizens in the form of flood control, purification of drinking water through their filtering function and buffering of coastal storm surges, in addition to providing hunting and other recreational opportunities," Hall said.
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.