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Land and Water Conservation Fund gets boost in proposed budget

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 10, 2013 – Conservationists, ranchers and private landowners in the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area (DGCA) have reason to be cautiously optimistic about the president’s proposed budget due to possible increases in conservation easement funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). This proposal could benefit landowners in the Dakotas and provide much-needed voluntary incentives to protect prairie habitat. Ducks Unlimited has been a staunch supporter of the DGCA since its 2011 inception.

LWCF legislation introduced in Senate

Sens. Max Baucus (MT) and Richard Burr (NC) recently introduced a bipartisan bill, S. 338, to reauthorize and fully dedicate funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is a federal program created in 1964 to support land and water conservation through fee-title acquisition or use of easements by the federal or state governments. A portion of the fees companies pay to the federal government to drill offshore for oil and natural gas is the primary contribution to the fund, with minor additions coming from the sale of surplus federal real estate and taxes on motorboat fuel.

Transportation Bill Land and Water Conservation Funding Provisions Important to Sportsmen

Pierre, SD — May 24, 2012 — Leaders representing sportsmen's interests, including Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, a South Dakota farmer/rancher, and the former Secretary of South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, joined today to call on Congress to maintain funding for land and water conservation programs as they debate a final transportation authorization bill.

With support, waterfowl benefits may survive in federal highway bill

Efforts by Ducks Unlimited and allies are underway to support provisions added to the federal highway bill that would provide significant benefits for waterfowl. One provision of the bill - commonly known as the RESTORE Act - calls for 80 percent of the fines paid by those responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to be committed to restoring the area most affected - the U.S. Gulf Coast.

DU Chairman Joins U.S. Secretary of the Interior and USFWS Director to Commemorate New National Wildlife Refuges

DU Chairman of the Board John Pope joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and USFWS Director Dan Ashe last week to install four new planks on the boardwalk at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Sportsmen must speak up to make the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area a reality

DU strongly supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to formally establish the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area. However, if this jewel for America's wildlife is to be protected, sportsmen will need to tell Congress of its significance.
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