Western joint ventures well represented by DU in Washington

Jeff McCreary, director of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited’s Western Region, recently made a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress and their staffs as part of an annual effort by various migratory bird joint venture organizations to educate lawmakers on the importance of supporting voluntary, partner-based conservation. 

He made the trip in April to represent the Central Valley, San Francisco Bay and Intermountain West joint ventures, as well as Ducks Unlimited.

“Meeting with members of Congress and their staffs is an important way to encourage their support for conservation appropriations such as NAWCA and the farm bill,” McCreary said. “Ducks Unlimited relies heavily on these programs to help fund projects and motivate landowners to conserve wetland habitat.”

McCreary connected with key lawmakers from western states and high-level agency staff from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). Whitney Tawney and Caroline Brouwer from DU’s Governmental Affairs Office joined McCreary for the meetings and together they stressed the importance of partner-based inland wetland restoration, as well as the critical need for the BOR to supply Central Valley wildlife refuges with federally mandated water supplies via the Central Valley Project Improvement Act.