DU encourages members, supporters to get their stamps, support wildlife refuges
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – June 25, 2010 – Ducks Unlimited is excited for the Federal Duck Stamp "First Day of Sale" on Friday, June 25. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, along with Bass Pro Shops, will hold the unveiling ceremony at the Arundel Mills Mall Bass Pro Shops located in Hanover, Md.
Image courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, www.fws.gov
"Federal Duck Stamp sales play an integral role in conserving waterfowl production areas and national wildlife refuges," said Dale Hall, DU's CEO. "Every outdoor enthusiast, from the waterfowl hunter to the occasional hiker, benefits from the Federal Duck Stamp, and everyone should be encouraged to purchase one or more."
Every U.S. state has at least one national wildlife refuge that has benefited from duck stamp sales. The total acres protected through the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) are more than 5.3 million.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service produces the Federal Duck Stamp and requires hunters 16 and older to purchase the stamp annually in order to hunt any waterfowl species. Proceeds from the sale of duck stamps, which are licenses but also revenue stamps, help purchase wetland habitat for the NWRS. Each year, duck stamp sales raise more than $25 million for conservation and have raised a total of more than $750 million to date. The stamp also serves as a free entry pass to those national wildlife refuges that charge admission.
For more information on the Federal and Junior Duck Stamp programs and how duck stamp funds have benefited a refuge or school children in your state, visit the duck stamp homepage at http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/.
Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest non-profit 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.