Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ducks Unlimited Conservation Issues Briefing: Vol. 2, #30

DU's John Tomke will lead national conservation, hunting councilDU leader named chairman of
national council on hunting, conservation

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack have announced that John Tomke, former Ducks Unlimited president and current president of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico, will be chairman of the new Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. Read more

House appropriations subcommittee approves
flat funding, some cuts for conservation programs

The U.S. House of Representatives Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee has approved a $32.2 billion spending bill for environmental agencies for the coming fiscal year. This amount is equal to the amount spent last year. The majority of the programs that support waterfowl populations and habitat will receive decreased funding, while funding for the National Wildlife Refuge System will remain flat. Read more

CRP land being converted back to cropsU.S. Secretary of Agriculture
announces dates for CRP sign-up

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program will run from Aug. 2-27. During this time, farmers and ranchers may report to their county Farm Service Agency offices and offer eligible land for CRP. Read more

Ducks Unlimited supports Asian Carp
Ecological Separation Study bills introduced in Congress

Recently, the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's Water and Power Subcommittee held a "carp crisis" hearing on the heels of the introduction of the Permanent Provision of Asian Carp Act. The "Carp Act" was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Richard Durbin (IL), and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Dave Camp (MI). Read more

DU's Ray Whittemore and Gov. Jim Douglas (VT)DU represented at first-annual Governors Sportsmen's Caucus

State chief executives who are members of the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus came together to discuss the future of hunting and fishing in America and the impact sportsmen have on the national economy. Ray Whittemore, director of conservation at DU's Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office, represented DU at the first-annual caucus meeting, held in Boston, Mass. Read more

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