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Conservation programs included in tax and spending bills

Leaders on Capitol Hill announced they had reached a year-end deal on a tax extenders bill and an omnibus spending bill, which would fund the government for FY16. Many provisions integral to conservation were included in both bills, which if passed could be a huge win for sportsmen, fishermen, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts

DU in DC October 2015

The federal government's budget was slated to expire on Sept. 30. Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR), funding the government for a short time until the annual budget can get passed. A few key provisions and programs integral to conservation are set to expire at the end of September and funding for these programs is in jeopardy. Ducks Unlimited is working with the Congressional committees of jurisdiction to ensure these valued programs get reauthorized.

President’s budget includes funding for conservation

WASHINGTON – March 4, 2014 – President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget today and DU appreciates that it includes funding for waterfowl and wildlife conservation programs, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).

Rep. Daines (MT) introduces Making Public Lands Public Act

WASHINGTON – Jan. 30, 2014 – Rep. Steve Daines (MT) introduced the Making Public Lands Public Act (H.R. 3962) to open access for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation on existing public lands.

House Appropriations bill zeros out conservation programs

No funding for NAWCA, LWCF included in bill

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.

Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 Facts

The bill was a compilation of 19 bipartisan bills important to the sportsmen’s community to support public-land access for hunters and anglers as well as conservation of habitat and wildlife. The bill focuses on two issues important to DU and our members: 1) habitat conservation and; 2) increasing access for hunting.

Ducks Unlimited applauds bipartisan Senate support of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012

Ducks Unlimited is encouraged by the U.S. Senate’s early morning procedural vote yesterday to move forward with the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S.3525), making it the first piece of legislation taken up with their return in November. The 84-to-7 vote in favor of moving to vote on passage after recess reflects the broad support of these conservation, hunting and fishing provisions.

LWCF dropped from transportation bill

While Ducks Unlimited and its partners celebrate congressional passage of the RESTORE Act this week as part of the transportation bill, another key conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), did not fare as well.

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).

U.S. House panel recommends decrease in waterfowl habitat funding

WASHINGTON - June 21, 2012 - The Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday passed a bill out of subcommittee that would cut funding for key conservation programs of importance to waterfowl. Of greatest significance to Ducks Unlimited is the $22.3 million appropriation for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), a more than $13 million cut from last fiscal year.

Upcoming recess is the time to let your congressmen know about your interests

On July 2-6, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will be on recess. Many elected officials will be returning to their home states and districts to meet with their constituents and discuss current events and issues important to them.

Media Advisory: Gulf Coast Sportsmen's groups to discuss conservation in Transportation Bill

Gulf Coast Sportsmen's groups will discuss land and water conservation and gulf restoration in the Transportation Bill during a press teleconference scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 10 a.m. (CDT).

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.

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