Federal ducks stamp sales support wetland habitat conservation
Memphis, Tenn. – June 27, 2008 – Ducks Unlimited is excited for the Federal Duck Stamp "First Day of Sale." U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with Bass Pro Shops will hold the unveiling ceremony in Hanover, Md., followed by similar events at all of Bass Pro Shops' 44 retail stores throughout the country today. Anyone interested in waterfowl, conservation or stamp collecting should make plans to attend this exciting event.
"Federal Duck Stamp sales have been a vital part of wetland habitat conservation for years. Ducks Unlimited encourages everyone interested in habitat conservation to find a Bass Pro Shops in your area and come on out to buy this year's duck stamp," said Dr. Alan Wentz, group manager of conservation and communications for Ducks Unlimited. "DU members are a large group of people, we buy a lot of duck stamps, and that means a lot for conservation."
Every U.S. state has at least one National Wildlife Refuge that has benefitted from duck stamp sales. The total acres protected through the National Wildlife Refuge System is more than 5.2 million acres.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produces the Federal Duck Stamp, and requires hunters 16 years old and older to purchase the stamp annually in order to hunt any waterfowl species. Proceeds from the sale of duck stamps, which are not licenses but rather revenue stamps, help purchase wetland habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Each year, duck stamp sales raise more than $25 million for conservation and total more than $700 million to date. The stamp also serves as an entrance pass to those National Wildlife Refuges with admission fees.
For more information on the Federal and Junior Duck Stamp program and how duck stamp funds have benefited a refuge or school children in your state, visit the duck stamp home page at: http://duckstamps.fws.gov.
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with more than 12 million acres conserved. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands – nature's most productive ecosystem – and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.