HARWICH PORT, Mass. - May 18, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited volunteer Fran Rich traveled from Harwich Port, Mass., to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with congressional leaders and discuss wetlands conservation issues. Rich and DU staff members sat down with their representatives and their staffs in an effort to explain the benefits of North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants for Massachusetts and the North American waterfowl population.
DU volunteer Fran Rich of Harwich Port, Mass., shakes hands with Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts as they discuss wetlands conservation issues in Washington, D.C.
"There are currently 26 NAWCA projects either completed or underway in Massachusetts, and we visited with these senators and their staff to remind them of the benefits NAWCA offers our residents," Rich said. "DU is the only waterfowl-and-wetlands-oriented organization that has a voice in D.C., and we went up to Capitol Hill to use that voice effectively for everyone's benefit."
Rich met with Sen. Scott Brown and representatives from Sen. John Kerry's office on May 12. With more than $9.6 million in NAWCA funding, generating partner contributions of more than $28.6 million, NAWCA has been able to conserve 4,448 acres of wildlife habitat in Massachusetts.
"Every group of DU volunteers and staff we host during Capitol Hill visits reacts positively to the experience and they fill an important role in educating Congress and their staff," said Scott Sutherland, director of DU's Governmental Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. "These meetings are highly productive and show members of Congress that people pay attention to effects on waterfowl which stem from their legislative decisions."
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 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.