WHO: The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
WHAT: Dale Hall, CEO of Ducks Unlimited; Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Steve Sanetti, president and CEO of NSSF, will provide an exclusive briefing on the importance of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) to conservation and the economy.
WHERE: Rayburn HOB 2360
WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 8-9 a.m.
WHY: NAWCA is an extremely effective, cost-efficient federal conservation program dedicated to restoring and protecting wetlands, which provide habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife, as well as invaluable benefits to our communities, among them clean water and outdoor recreation. NAWCA has impacted more than 7 million acres of critical habitat in the United States to date.
NAWCA is set to expire at the end of fiscal year 2012. Reauthorization measures have been introduced in the House (H.R. 1960) and the Senate (S. 2282), with strong bipartisan support, but more co-sponsors are needed on both sides to extend the program through 2017 and beyond. NAWCA appropriations have also dropped by 25 percent—or $12 million—over the last two years. For a program often matched 3 to 1 by non-federal funding, this actually means $48 million in on-the-ground conservation work cannot be accomplished.
DU and CSF are hosting a breakfast briefing to educate sportsmen and legislators on the history and impact of NAWCA and the need for its reauthorization and correct appropriations. America's 42.5 million hunters and anglers are among the chief beneficiaries of healthy wetlands and growing populations of waterfowl and other wildlife, but they are also an economic powerhouse, spending $86.1 billion per year pursuing their outdoor passions (US DOI, 2006). Support from sportsmen and women will be essential to ensuring a future for NAWCA.
Along with breakfast, door prizes will be provided to briefing attendees.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. 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. 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.