Sens. Mark Begich (AK) and Jon Tester (MT) hosted a sportsmen’s roundtable in Anchorage last month to discuss upcoming legislation important to the sporting community.
Dave Weber, Ducks Unlimited regional director in Alaska, attended and thanked Begich for his continued efforts to increase the price of the federal duck stamp
. The current duck stamp price of $15 was set more than 20 years ago, when the cost of a gallon of gas was just $1.14. Just like that gallon of gas, land prices have more than tripled in that time.
Since its enactment in 1934, the federal duck stamp program has protected more than 6 million acres of wetlands – an area the size of Vermont – through expenditures of more than $750 million. This has contributed to the conservation of more than 2.5 million acres in the Prairie Pothole Region, including the protection of 7,000 waterfowl production areas totaling 675,000 acres.
At its current price, the buying power of the federal duck stamp has never been lower in its 79-year history.