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Conservation, the Economy, and You

Have you ever considered how much you personally contribute to the conservation cause, or how much your hunting expenditures benefit the economy? Let's take a closer look at the remarkable impact that a typical waterfowler has on conservation and the economy simply by doing two things that come naturally to many readers of this magazine: going duck hunting and supporting Ducks Unlimited.

DUMAC Celebrates Gift from Bisbee's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund

Ducks Unlimited de México (DUMAC) and the Plano, Texas–based Bisbee's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Fund are embarking on a long-term partnership to sustain and restore Mexico's north Pacific coast mangrove swamps and tidal estuaries. A $165,000 grant from the Bisbee's fund will allow DUMAC, Ducks Unlimited Inc., the state government of Sinaloa, and local organizations to create a comprehensive plan to help guide sustainable development of the shrimp industry and restore degraded marshes and swamps.

Major grant awarded to rice industry, DU for habitat conservation efforts

WASHINGTON, DC – Jan. 14, 2015 – Today, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced approved grants from the first round of proposals to the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The USA Rice Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU), and more than 40 collaborating partners are pleased that the "Rice Stewardship Partnership – Sustaining the Future of Rice" project was selected for support.

Partners on Private Lands

In February 2014, Congress passed a new Farm Bill that authorized several agriculture and conservation programs through 2018. This nearly half-trillion-dollar legislative package provides more than $28 billion in funding over five years for voluntary conservation programs on farms and ranches across the United States. The future of waterfowl is inextricably linked to the conservation of wetlands and other important habitats on private lands, and the Farm Bill is a key component of these efforts.

The Federal Duck Stamp turns 80

For eight decades, this visionary program has been a cornerstone of wetlands and waterfowl conservation. By Paul Schmidt and Whitney Tawney.

Sen. Blunt (MO) welcomes DU to Missouri for convention

Sen. Roy Blunt (MO) welcomes Ducks Unlimited to Missouri for the 2014 National Convention and talks about public policies affecting waterfowl.

Omnibus announced; conservation funding included

WASHINGTON – Jan. 14, 2014 – Appropriations chairs Sen. Barbara Mikulski (MD) and Rep. Hal Rogers (KY) have released the Fiscal Year 2014 omnibus bill, which includes funding for vital conservation programs such as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

Conservation funding vital to U.S. economy

As part of the compromise to reopen the federal government, a conference committee of House and Senate lawmakers is attempting to reconcile each house’s passed budget by Dec. 13. A budget for Fiscal Year 2014 would ensure there won’t be another government funding crisis in the middle of January – but these negotiations also affect conservation work.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awards Ducks Unlimited $200,000

HOUSTON – June 28, 2013 – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awarded Ducks Unlimited $200,000 in state grants funding this year. This commitment brings Texas' cumulative contribution for habitat conservation on Canadian breeding grounds important to Texas' waterfowl to nearly $3 million.

Vital conservation grant programs in danger of elimination

Take Action! Vital conservation grant programs in danger of elimination!

Take action to secure sportsmen's future!

The U.S. Senate voted in September to advance critical legislation, the Sportsmen's Act of 2012 (S. 3525), when they return Tuesday, Nov. 13 for the lame duck session. Ducks Unlimited urges you to contact your Senators today and ask them to pass the Sportsmen's Act.

DU fights for full five-year farm bill, with conservation funding intact

In an attempt to put off farm bill consideration until the next Congress convenes, the House Republican leadership prepared a one-year extension of farm bill programs, but failed to include continued authorization for key conservation provisions such as the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP).

DU staff among key speakers on wetlands protection, conservation funding at Kansas Natural Resources Conference

Last week, two members of Ducks Unlimited's conservation staff were among four key speakers during a plenary session at the Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita. This year's conference, with a theme of "Wetlands: The Jewels of Kansas," was attended by nearly 400 representatives from the state and regional conservation community.

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