MISSOULA, Mont., March 28, 2011 – Ducks Unlimited, along with several national sportsmen-conservationist organizations and Montana hunters and anglers, will speak out against the proposed budget cuts that strike directly at America's tradition of wildlife and habitat conservation in a March 30 teleconference.
Reporters tuning in to the conference will hear from some of the nation's leading sportsmen conservation groups about the proposed budget resolution, which drastically cuts or eliminates several programs that are critical to hunting, fishing and wildlife habitat.
The cuts would affect wetlands conservation to the tune of nearly $2 billion, including the loss of $47 million in funding for North American Wetlands Conservation Act grants. The proposed cuts would eliminate all NAWCA funding.
"The cuts being proposed could imperil waterfowl populations and the future of the waterfowl hunting tradition in America," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "What's being proposed by the House Appropriations Committee will cripple conservation efforts as we know them," Hall said. "Elimination of NAWCA, an 81 percent reduction of acquisition for refuges and seriously reducing many other programs so vital to our mission are things DU strongly opposes."
Who: Ducks Unlimited, national sportsmen's groups, Montana hunters and anglers
What: Telephone News Conference on budget cuts to hunting/fishing programs
When: Wednesday, March 30, 11 a.m. MDT/1 p.m. EDT
Where: Dial 800-791-2345, passcode 68744#
Contact: Jodi Stemler (703) 915-1386 or Barrett Kaiser (406) 670-0541
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.
American Fly Fishing Trade Association – Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies – Berkley Conservation Institute – Boone and Crocket Club – Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance – Ducks Unlimited – Montana Wildlife Federation – Mule Deer Foundation – National Wildlife Federation – North American Grouse Partnership – Pheasants Forever – Quail Forever – Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership – Trout Unlimited – Wildlife Forever – Wildlife Management Institute