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Katie Murtha appointed Chief Policy Officer for Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited (DU) announced today that Katie Murtha, Chief of Staff for Representative John Dingell (MI), has been named Chief Policy Officer (CPO) for the organization. She will replace DU’s current Director of Governmental Affairs Gary Taylor, who is retiring from the organization. Murtha will begin her career with DU on Sept. 1.

Ducks Unlimited congratulates new Interior secretary

WASHINGTON - April 11, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited congratulates Sally Jewell, CEO of leading outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), on her confirmation as the new secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. DU looks forward to building on its relationship with the Department of Interior under Jewell's leadership, furthering the organization's conservation mission and addressing issues affecting sportsmen across America.

Issue responsibility changes at DU's Governmental Affairs Office

In order to increase our effectiveness; enhance our coordination with Ducks Unlimited directors of operations; and, through them, the states; and strengthen our public policy analysis capability, we have reorganized DU's Governmental Affairs Office (GAO) staff portfolios. For specific questions about issues that may not be summarized here, please contact GAO Director Gary Taylor at (202) 347-1530.

Taylor takes DU reins in D.C.

In his first week as the new director of DU's Governmental Affairs Office in Washington, D.C., Gary Taylor has already been busy tackling some of the country's biggest waterfowl-related public policy issues, including the 2012 Farm Bill and future funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

Gulf Coast sportsmen urge passage of transportation bill with Land and Water Conservation Fund and RESTORE Act funding

BATON ROUGE, La. - June 6, 2012 - Key sportsmen's groups in the Gulf Coast region called on Congress today to maintain provisions for funding land conservation and Gulf Coast restoration in their negotiations on a final transportation authorization bill.

AFWA legislative director to lead DU Governmental Affairs Office

WASHINGTON - May 9, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced today that Gary Taylor, current legislative director for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA), will be joining the organization as DU's new director of governmental affairs in Washington, D.C., beginning in June.

DU Volunteers Make Their Voices Heard During Capitol Hill Visit

Ducks Unlimited leaders and volunteers traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this month to discuss the critical role wetlands conservation programs play throughout the nation. The group, which included several DU senior board members as well as members of the DU Conservation Programs Committee, met with several congressional and federal agency representatives.

Policy News 3-7

DU voices strong opposition to massive federal conservation spending cuts; President announces plan for America's Great Outdoors Initiative; DU supports Senate bill that would make tax relief permanent for conservation donations; Coalition of conservation groups urges Congress to maintain funding for successful Great Lakes programs; DU joins NWF in urging USFWS to make restoration priority at NWR in Montana; DU co-hosts reception for Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation in Washington, D.C.; Change to wetlands law in Wisconsin sets dangerous precedent throughout state; DU regional director urges Nebraska legislators to keep valuable state conservation grant program intact
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