Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ducks Unlimited Conservation Issues Briefing: Vol. 2, #29

Senate Appropriations Committee cuts funds
for farm bill conservation easement programs

Two weeks after a House subcommittee rejected caps on farm bill conservation easement programs that were included in the president's fiscal year 2011 budget request, the ruling from a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting last Thursday dealt a blow to Farm Bill 2012 easement funding. Read more

House committee approves bill to
increase funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund

The U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee has approved legislation (H.R. 3534) that, if enacted, would provide full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. LWCF funds are used to acquire important conservation lands for national wildlife refuges, national parks and forests. In the prairies, these funds are an essential tool for acquiring permanent easements on waterfowl breeding habitat. Half of the LWCF funding also goes toward state and local parks and recreation areas. Read more

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN)Minnesota senator uses Senate floor to
encourage protection of Gulf Coast migratory bird habitat

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) addressed the Senate last week regarding the state of North America's migratory birds in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill. In her remarks from the floor of the Senate, Sen. Klobuchar encouraged the administration to execute a coordinated effort to protect the habitat of the nation's migratory bird populations as they move south toward the Gulf Coast this winter. Read more

DU to deliver upgrade to Sacramento
wildlife refuge thanks to NAWCA grant

Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge habitatEarlier this month, DU and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated construction of the Pool 7A, Pool 7 and Pool 10 Cell 2 Wetland Enhancement Project at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. The project, which is being funded primarily by a North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant secured by DU, will enhance 950 acres of wetland habitat within the Sacramento Valley, the single-most important wintering area for waterfowl in the Pacific Flyway, according to Virginia Getz, manager of conservation programs at DU's Western Regional Office. Read more

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