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MEDIA ADVISORY FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011

Ducks Unlimited to testify before House Natural Resources Subcommittee
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DU representative will speak in support of federal duck stamp legislation H.R. 3117 


WHAT:

Ducks Unlimited Director of Governmental Affairs Scott Sutherland will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs to discuss H.R. 3117, the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011. 

WHY:

Sutherland will speak in support of H.R. 3117, which helps make purchasing the federal duck stamp easier for the general public while preserving the heritage and utility of the traditional duck stamp. 

WHEN:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 2 p.m. EDT 

WHERE:

1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515 

WHO:

DU Director of the Governmental Affairs Office Scott Sutherland 

BACKGROUND:

H.R. 3117, the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011, is a bill to grant the U.S. Secretary of the Interior permanent authority to authorize states to issue electronic duck stamps. Buying a federal duck stamp is mandatory for waterfowl hunting. In the past, waterfowl hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts could only buy their duck stamp at a physical location, such as a post office. However, these stamps are not available at all postal locations, sometimes making it difficult for hunters and others to purchase the stamps. In order to expand access to the public, legislation was passed to create a pilot program that allows the public to purchase federal duck stamps online. Upon purchase, the customer was given a special receipt to use while hunting until the stamp is delivered by mail. The pilot program has successfully made it easier for the general public to buy federal duck stamps while simultaneously preserving the integrity of the traditional duck stamp. 

CONTACT:

Emily Tyner, Ducks Unlimited 
Office: 202-347-1530
Email: etyner@ducks.org

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. Visit the DU website, www.ducks.org for more information.



Emily Tyner
202-347-1530

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