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Ducks Unlimited, Rep. Dingell and partners celebrate federal funding for Ann Arbor conservation

Ducks Unlimited, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and several conservation partners celebrated a local conservation success story made possible by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act.

DU participates in national political party conventions

Ducks Unlimited had a presence at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in July.

New York approves Ducks Unlimited license plate

New York drivers can soon show their support for Ducks Unlimited with the official Ducks Unlimited specialty state license plate. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday authorizing the plate. The law takes effect Jan. 17. Drivers can eventually order the Ducks Unlimited license plate for their vehicle or trailer the same way they order all New York license plates.

Congress introduces Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

Ducks Unlimited applauds U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Candice Miller (R-MI) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) today for introducing the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2016.

Whitney Tawney returns to Ducks Unlimited as senior water policy adviser

Ducks Unlimited welcomes Whitney Tawney as the new senior water policy adviser in the Government Affairs Office. In her new role, Tawney will work on water policies from the Washington, DC office that will help advance the conservation policy priorities for Ducks Unlimited affecting wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

Maryland DNR pledges $7,500 for international waterfowl habitat conservation

Ducks Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited Canada applaud the decision by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to join an international waterfowl habitat conservation project.

Gary Link joins Ducks Unlimited, Inc. as western region director of public policy

Ducks Unlimited selected Gary Link as its director of public policy for the Western Region. In his new role, Link will work on federal and state policies that affect DU’s conservation work in nine western states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Wisconsin lawmakers flock to capital for Ducks Unlimited legislative fun shoot

Wisconsin legislators and conservationists gathered April 6 at Waunakee Gun Club near Madison to enjoy a day of camaraderie and clay target shooting.

Ducks Unlimited volunteers shape Wisconsin legislative session

Save the date: March 3 is Capital Day

Have your voice be heard during Capital Day 2016.

Michigan farmers tout Conservation Reserve Program to Washington, D.C. lawmakers

Munger landowners James and DeAnn Sattelberg traveled to the nation’s Capital on Wednesday to tell lawmakers how the Conservation Reserve Program has benefited their farm and the surrounding environment.

Conservation partners host first ND Legislative Fun Shoot

North Dakota lawmakers and conservationists gathered this fall at Capital City Sporting Clays near Bismarck to enjoy an evening of fellowship and clay target shooting. Ducks Unlimited and several other conservation groups sponsored the inaugural North Dakota Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Legislative Fun Shoot. North Dakota’s bipartisan sportsmens caucus co-chairs organized the event, including Rep. Todd Porter (R-Mandan), Rep. Corey Mock (D-Grand Forks), Sen. Kelley Armstrong (R-Dickinson) and Sen. Phil Murphy (D-Portland).

TCEQ gives lower basin limited water and a chance at future planning

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 27, 2014 – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Commissioners decided February 26 to modify the Emergency Order requested by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), cutting off interruptible water for agriculture but refusing to adopt a higher trigger level. Members of the Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition, including Ducks Unlimited, were pleased with the outcome.

Ducks Unlimited Reflects on Dingell Announcement

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Feb. 24, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited looks back with appreciation on the career and accomplishments of Rep. John Dingell after the announcement of his retirement following the end of the 113th Congress.

Some hope for Lower Colorado River Basin stakeholders

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 18, 2014 – Members of the Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition celebrated a small victory when the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality did not make a determination on the proposed Lower Colorado River Authority’s Emergency Order increasing the interruptible water cut-off trigger to an unprecedented 1.1 million acre-feet. Commissioners referred the issue to the State Office of Administrative Hearings to deliberate the case. The coalition is working to ensure at least some consideration is given to the land, food production, wildlife, businesses and communities that depend on water releases from the Highland Lakes.

Sen. Tester shares why conservation is an important part of the farm bill

Senator Jon Tester of Montana sits down with Ducks Unlimited to discuss this year's farm bill and the advantages it offers to waterfowl.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell spoke at the 2013 Ducks Unlimited Convention in Portland, Oregon, on the importance of wetlands conservation and educating and involving our youth to ensure not only a strong future for waterfowl, but also a healthy planet.

Gov. Snyder signs bills protecting hunting, fishing rights

LANSING, Mich. – May 8, 2013 – Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate bills 288 and 289 into law today. The bills allow the Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) to name game species, protect citizens' rights to hunt and fish and were supported by Michigan's conservation community.

Protect Our Prairies Act

Partner Interview with Reps. Tim Walz (MN) and Kristi Noem (SD) in the March 2013 issue of the Waterfowl Advocate, DU's public policy newsletter.

Waste Management named 2012 Wings Over Wetlands winner

Ducks Unlimited and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) recognized Waste Management as the winner of the 2012 Wings Over Wetlands award today.

Sen. Lindsey Graham honored for conservation legacy

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was honored by a coalition of conservation groups with the 2012 Conservation Excellence Award in September, honoring his role in protecting thousands of acres of critical wildlife habitat over the past two decades.

Ducks Unlimited projects displayed in California state capitol

Four of DU's premier California projects were on prominent display in the state capitol in September, in full view of state legislators, capitol staffers, lobbyists and the general public.

VDGIF to support Canadian habitat projects

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Ducks Unlimited in September to join the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies State Grants Program.

Longtime Ducks Unlimited member knows importance of Farm Bill conservation programs firsthand

Ronny Graham has been a member of DU for more than 30 years, serving on various committees including the Conservation Programs Committee. He is also currently a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries commissioner. He spoke with Ducks Unlimited about the importance of the conservation programs in the Farm Bill.

Conservation leaders work together to ensure future for waterfowl in boreal forest

As part of the organizations' ongoing partnership to protect key waterfowl habitats in Canada's boreal forest, Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall and The Pew Charitable Trusts CEO Rebecca Rimel teamed up to write a special report for CNN.com addressing the new strategic plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A) announced by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Aug. 13.

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.

DU supports Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation 23rd Annual Banquet & Auction

Ducks Unlimited is a proud co-sponsor of the 23rd Annual Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) Banquet & Auction Gala on Sept. 19 in Washington, D.C.

United States and Canada sign Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Canada's Minister of the Environment Peter Kent signed an updated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement as a cooperative effort to protect the Great Lakes.

DU will continue to advocate for land conservation after North Dakota ballot initiative

The Clean Water, Lands & Outdoor Heritage Amendment will not be on the November 6, 2012 ballot in North Dakota. The initiated measure would have dedicated a small portion of the state’s oil and gas taxes for conservation.

Corps issues general permit, supports South Carolina wetland management

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Charleston District, along with various state agencies and stakeholders, held an event in mid-August at Nemours Plantation to announce the recently issued Managed Tidal Impoundment General Permit. The result of a multi-year combined effort among state, federal and private entities along with the USACE, the general permit will speed the process of getting waterfowl-focused wetland enhancements accomplished through the Charleston District of the USACE.

Tell your representatives to make wetlands and waterfowl a priority

Senators and congressmen will be holding townhalls and meeting with voters while they're home to take the pulse of their constituents. August recess provides you the best opportunities to talk to representatives one-on-one and tell them the issues most important to you.

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.

Ducks Unlimited supporting several measures considered in U.S. Senate Water and Wildlife hearing

Washington, DC. – April 27, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited today voiced approval for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works subcommittee on Water and Wildlife meeting held April 24, 2012.

DU applauds 2012 Farm Bill committee passage

WASHINGTON - April 26, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited announced its support and appreciation of the Senate Agricultural Committee today as it passed the 2012 Farm Bill out of committee.

Unprecedented Pro-sportsmen Legislation Passed

The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation issued a release announcing the passage of the Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089), which passed with a strong bipartisan vote of 274 to 146 in the House of Representatives on April 17.

Montana senators support NAWCA reauthorization

HELENA, Mont. – April 4, 2012 – Montana Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester are among a bipartisan group of nine senators sponsoring the bill to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) through 2017. Sen. Jim Inhofe (OK) introduced S. 2282 on March 29, along with Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA) and co-sponsors Sens. Thad Cochran (MS), Tim Johnson (SD), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Mary Landrieu (LA) and David Vitter (LA).

Georgia governor recognizes DU's 75th anniversary

As part of Ducks Unlimited's 75th anniversary celebrations, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal invited a group of DU staff and volunteers to the capitol to receive a formal proclamation recognizing the importance of DU's work in Georgia.

S.C. Gov. Haley proclaims Jan. 29 Ducks Unlimited Day

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley proclaimed Jan. 29, 2012, as Ducks Unlimited 75th Anniversary Day throughout the Palmetto State.

Oil and water in a vanishing paradise

Gulf Coast press briefing to be held in Washington next week.

CPC members meet with 67 congressional offices on important conservation policy

Members of Ducks Unlimited's Conservation Programs Committee met in Washington, D.C., last week and arranged meetings with 67 congressional offices to discuss reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and other DU priorities. Many meetings included members of Congress; others were with key congressional staff.

Iowa governor attends state convention, recognizes 75th anniversary

Gov. Terry Branstad recognized Ducks Unlimited for its 75th anniversary by signing a proclamation at DU's Iowa state convention on Feb. 11. In his proclamation, Gov. Branstad commended DU for its conservation success.

Media Advisory: Oil and water in a vanishing paradise

MEDIA ADVISORY: Please join us at a briefing event next week to learn about ongoing conservation efforts and Congress's role in them, and have your questions answered by experts from the Gulf Coast region.

Ducks and rice come together on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – Feb. 23, 2012 – The USA Rice Federation and Ducks Unlimited hosted a joint congressional luncheon to raise awareness of the importance of flooded rice fields to the nation's wintering and migrating waterfowl. Members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and their staffs attended the first-of-its-kind luncheon last week.

President's FY13 budget requests include $39.4M for NAWCA

The president released his FY13 budget request on Monday with recommendations for funding levels of all federal programs. This request now goes to the Congress for consideration as they develop their FY13 budgets, which are scheduled to be released in late March.

NAWCA is hot topic at DU meetings on Capitol Hill

Members of Ducks Unlimited's Conservation Programs Committee (CPC) and DU staff led a charge up Capitol Hill this week to meet with members of Congress and their staff about topics of concern to DU's conservation mission.

DU opposes funding diversion

On Thursday, Feb. 9, Ducks Unlimited signed on to a national letter produced by the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Coalition opposing a shift in funds from the LWCF to highways and other national infrastructure.

e-Duck Stamp program reaches Senate

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (Miss.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.) introduced the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act, S. 2071, in the Senate yesterday. This bill would make permanent the sale of federal duck stamps online—commonly referred to as the "e-Duck Stamp program."

State convention attracts congressional interest

Attendees of the 2012 Ducks Unlimited Wisconsin State Convention in Green Bay last week were pleased to welcome Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin's 8th district as he joined them for lunch. Ribble accepted the invitation sent to all members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation to attend this year's event marking the 75th anniversary of DU.

Coalition aims to direct oil, gas revenue toward conserving North Dakota's natural resources

DU has joined forces with other conservation organizations, business leaders and concerned citizens to seek dedicated funding for water, land and wildlife conservation in North Dakota.

DU hosts EPA, House Appropriations Committee staffer for coastal Louisiana tour

DU staff guided two Environmental Protection Agency employees and a House Appropriations Committee staff member on a tour of Louisiana coastal wetlands on Jan. 13.

DU protects sportsmen's tax dollars to restore habitat in New York

DU signed a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting the governor take steps to ensure New York remains eligible to receive federal Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Restoration Funds.

New Wisconsin wetlands legislation needs modification to protect habitat, state economy

New legislation aims to improve and streamline the wetland permitting process in Wisconsin, but with the positive changes come certain aspects DU is asking Wisconsin legislators to address.

DU, conservation partners oppose changes to successful conservation system in Missouri

While Ducks Unlimited looks forward to its 75th anniversary later this month, another organization with 75 years of conservation success is facing some major structural changes that could negatively influence its effectiveness: the Missouri Conservation Commission.

DU seeks Senate sponsor, House co-sponsors to reauthorize NAWCA

With an expiration date of Sept. 30 looming for NAWCA, DU is seeking additional House of Representatives co-sponsors to back H.R. 1960, a bill to reauthorize NAWCA through 2017.

DU recognizes strong partner in Colorado Water Conservation Board

Ducks Unlimited staff in Colorado recently recognized the Colorado Water Conservation Board for its exceptional partnership.

Holiday recess: The best chance to ask your elected officials to support the ducks!

We need you to reach out to your members of Congress over the recess and ask them to support the ducks and their habitat by supporting conservation programs in 2012.

DU urges Congress to protect vital waterfowl habitat in Great Lakes region

DU released a letter recently urging Congress—particularly members of the Great Lakes states delegation—to take immediate action to prevent invasive Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes.

Gulf Coast Task Force releases final strategy for restoration efforts

The Environmental Protection Agency recently unveiled a final comprehensive strategic plan that addresses the long-standing issues contributing to the deterioration of Gulf ecosystems.

USA Rice Federation presents DU with 2011 Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award

The USA Rice Federation recently presented Ducks Unlimited with its second annual Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award.

Tennessee commissioners see benefits of international conservation efforts during tour

Since 1992, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has been contributing to waterfowl conservation on the Canadian prairies. Ducks Unlimited is committed to conserving North American waterfowl habitat, regardless of the flyway or country, and TWRA's partnership with DU emphasizes how important Canadian waterfowl production is to the Tennessee hunter.

California wetlands and waterways receive support from key legislators

California State Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblyman Bill Berryhill recently met with Western Regional Office Director Mark Biddlecomb and Public Policy Director Chris Unkel to exchange views on conservation and waterfowl issues in Northern California.

Visit the New Gulf Coast Public Policy Page

In order to raise awareness about this critical region, Ducks Unlimited has launched a new Gulf Coast Public Policy section on its website.

North American Wetlands Conservation Council to Meet Despite Funding Uncertainty

On December 6, the North American Wetlands Conservation Council (NAWCC) will meet to review grant proposals that aim to protect vital waterfowl habitat across the nation.

Super Committee fails; future remains uncertain for conservation funding

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, which has been working since August to develop budget recommendations that will reduce our nation's deficit, has officially announced they will be unable to reach an agreement by the November 23 deadline.

Marathon Petroleum Company named 2011 Wings Over Wetlands winner

Ducks Unlimited and the Wildlife Habitat Council recognized Marathon Petroleum Company LP as the winner of the 2011 Wings Over Wetlands award.

Ducks Unlimited and Ohio Division of Wildlife host 10th annual hunt

Ducks Unlimited and the Ohio Division of Wildlife teamed up once again to celebrate the 10th anniversary Ohio Partnership Hunt in Port Clinton, Ohio.

Congressman Mike Simpson meets with constituents to discuss Idaho conservation accomplishments

Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho got a firsthand look last week at how a partnership of private and federal funding benefits wetlands conservation during a guided tour of the Chester Wetlands Wildlife Management Area (WMA) near St. Anthony, Idaho.

First Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project completed at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

Stakeholders in the Saginaw Bay watershed are seeing positive environmental impacts this fall thanks to work completed by Ducks Unlimited and others.

Dakota Grassland Conservation Area now a national conservation priority

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has released his final 50-State America's Great Outdoors Report, which highlights the Dakota Grassland Conservation Area as one of the country's 100 most promising outdoor projects.

DU and Missouri Department of Conservation celebrate $5 million milestone as partners

DU is proud to celebrate its partnership with the MDC, which has led to the restoration of 235,059 acres of prime breeding habitat and the positive influence of an additional 1.2 million acres on the Canadian prairies.

$1.2 Million Coastal Restoration Project Dedicated to Louisiana Conservationists

Representatives of Ducks Unlimited and several partner organizations gathered today at Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area to celebrate the completion of a $1.2 million coastal restoration project in southeast Louisiana and to dedicate it to Ron and Jackie Bartels of Schriever.

DU CEO Dale Hall discusses economic benefits during media forum

Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall participated in a media forum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss the major impact conservation has on America's legacy, economy and people.

2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Winner Selected

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota, as the winner of the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest. This marks the fourth time he has won the Federal Duck Stamp Contest.

DU testifies before Congress in support of a more efficient federal duck stamp

Ducks Unlimited voiced its support of legislation that would make the federal duck stamp more readily available to the general public during testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs.

Conservation in Action: DU helps restore wetlands in Oregon

The tide was rising when the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge was officially dedicated on October 1 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited.

Effort underway to restore Open Fields program

Senator Jon Tester of Montana, Senate co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, offered an amendment to restore the popular Open Fields initiative and foster public hunting access on private land. Sen. Tester introduced this amendment after the initiative failed to receive funding in a recent Senate appropriations bill.

Department of Interior Announces Four New Conservation Areas

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited both Capitol Hill and the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida last week to celebrate the establishment of four new conservation areas and wildlife refuges.

DU testifies before Congress in support of a more efficient federal duck stamp

Ducks Unlimited voiced its support of legislation that would make the federal duck stamp more readily available to the general public during testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Ducks Unlimited to testify before House Natural Resources Subcommittee

Ducks Unlimited Director of Governmental Affairs Scott Sutherland will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs to discuss H.R. 3117, the Permanent Electronic Duck Stamp Act of 2011.

Great Lakes Week a success for DU GLARO Outreach

During this year's Great Lakes Week in Detroit, Michigan, a variety of governments, agencies and organizations came together to work on the continued improvement of the Great Lakes region. Ducks Unlimited was well represented at the conference.

Senate Appropriations Committee unveils funding proposals for NAWCA and other key conservation programs

The Senate Committee on Appropriations recently announced its fiscal year 2012 funding recommendations for the U.S. Department of the Interior. The committee has recommended a $35.5 million funding level for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

Efforts to restore Gulf Coast continue to gain momentum

After years of urging top national policymakers to prioritize restoring the U.S. Gulf Coast, Ducks Unlimited is pleased to see the effort to use Clean Water Act penalties paid by the parties responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is gaining momentum in Congress.

Ducks Unlimited Commends Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Connor

During an October 6 meeting with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Commissioner Mike Connor and other senior staff, Ducks Unlimited Director of Public Policy Barton James commended the agency for recent actions that will help the National Wildlife Refuge System maintain critical wetland habitat.

DU to highlight key conservation initiatives during Great Lakes Week

Ducks Unlimited's Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office will participate in Great Lakes Week to discuss the conservation issues and challenges the region is facing. This year's event will take place in Detroit, Michigan, where representatives of the U.S. and Canadian governments meet with a broad coalition of public and private groups to discuss efforts to implement solutions for the lakes' most pressing problems.

DU joins Delaware senator in celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week

In honor of National Wildlife Refuge Week, Ducks Unlimited recently joined U.S. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge to celebrate the important role federal refuges play in conserving wildlife and expanding hunting access.

Six NAWCA projects approved in Great Plains Region

The Migratory Bird Conservation Council has approved six conservation projects that will positively impact waterfowl habitat in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. If funded and completed, these projects will conserve more than 47,000 acres. Dollars for these projects will come from North American Wetland Conservation Act grants and matching funds provided by non-federal partners.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces support for "Double Up for the Ducks"

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is commending Ducks Unlimited's "Double Up for the Ducks" campaign, which encourages waterfowl enthusiasts to purchase two federal duck stamps this hunting season.

DU touts benefits of proposed habitat project in Minnesota

Last week, Ducks Unlimited Director of Public Policy Barton James testified in support of a Minnesota project that aims to enhance 5,000 acres of habitat and expand sportsmen's access. After DU highlighted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board the positive impact that enhancing Marsh Lake will have on waterfowl populations, sportsmen and the local economy, the project was approved and will now advance to the next stage of the review process.

DU meets with the Chairwoman of the Council on Environmental Quality

For decades, Ducks Unlimited has been working with federal agencies to restore and conserve prime waterfowl habitat in coastal areas that border the country. However, budget reductions are currently threatening to reduce and possibly eliminate many of the programs that help conserve our nation's coastal areas, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's (NOAA) coastal habitat and restoration programs.

Turning the Tide: San Francisco Bay benefits from historic levee breach

The San Francisco Bay added substantial square footage on September 13, as the California Department of Fish and Game breached a levee that had held the sea back for more than a hundred years.

DU touts benefits of proposed habitat project in Minnesota

Ducks Unlimited Director of Public Policy Barton James testified in support of a Minnesota project that aims to enhance 5,000 acres of habitat and expand sportsmen's access.

Senate Committee considers proposal that impacts waterfowl habitat along Gulf Coast

Since the Gulf Coast oil spill occurred in 2010, Ducks Unlimited has been urging Congress to support legislation that ensures penalties paid by the parties responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill under the Clean Water Act are directed back to the Gulf Coast region.

Senate Committee considers bill that could have major impact on waterfowl habitat in the Gulf

Since the Gulf Coast spill occurred, Ducks Unlimited has been urging Congress to support legislation that ensures penalties paid by the parties responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill under the Clean Water Act are directed back to the Gulf Coast region. Today, the Senate will move one step closer towards this goal when the Committee of Environment and Public Works considers the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011.

Ducks Unlimited Director Receives National Award

Rebecca Humphries, Ducks Unlimited's Director of Operations for the Great Lakes and Atlantic region, is the 2011 recipient of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Seth Gordon Award.

DU encourages waterfowl enthusiasts to "Double Up" for the ducks

Ducks Unlimited is asking duck hunters and other waterfowl enthusiasts to "double up for the ducks" by purchasing two federal duck stamps this year.

Latest NAWCA grants awarded

The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission of the USFWS recently awarded 21 grants to conservation projects that will help conserve vital waterfowl habitat across the nation. The grants are being awarded through NAWCA, a cost-effective, bipartisan, match-based program that raises an average of 3.2 non-federal dollars for every federal dollar invested.

DU Finds Common Ground with Congressman Garamendi

Congressman John Garamendi of California knows a great deal more about the mission of Ducks Unlimited now, after recently sitting down for a working lunch with Western Regional Office Director Mark Biddlecomb and WRO Public Policy Director Chris Unkel.

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.

Senate committee votes to cut funding for farm conservation programs

During a recent hearing, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to cut farm conservation programs by $726 million for the 2012 fiscal year, which represents a 12 percent reduction from the FY 2011 funding level. Funding reductions of this magnitude will greatly inhibit our nation's ability to preserve native grasslands and other prime waterfowl habitat.

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

DU is pleased with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent 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.

New survey reveals sportsmen passing on America's hunting legacy to the next generation

A recent survey reveals that America's hunting heritage continues to be passed down by sportsmen to children across the country. The data shows that a large portion of the outdoor community has taken time to introduce a child to hunting and fishing.

Michigan DU volunteers speak up for conservation during August recess

Ducks Unlimited volunteers in Michigan used August recess as an opportunity to highlight the importance of conservation programs with some of our nation's top leaders and policymakers.

Congress returns from August recess

Congress returns from its month-long recess to resume work on a variety of issues, including finalizing the fiscal year 2012 budget. What does this mean for the future funding of conservation programs?

Sportsmen's community gathers at AWCP Annual Summit

DU and partners discuss America's hunting heritage

DU Education Efforts Applauded by California Member of Congress

Ducks Unlimited earned high praise from Congresswoman Doris Matsui of California recently, when she saluted Ducks Unlimited for its role as a founding partner in funding the Powerhouse Science Center in Sacramento, Calif.

Pelican Lake Shoreline Protected with Legacy Amendment Acquisition

Senator Klobuchar and Congresswoman Bachmann praise DU's conservation efforts

DU Talks Shop with Nation's Policy Leaders

On August 15, DU Director of Conservation Programs Ray Whittemore and past DU Vermont State Chairman Dennis Havey attended a meeting with U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

Minnesota Congressional Representatives Meet with National Ducks Unlimited Leaders

Ducks Unlimited recently held its Conservation Programs Committee meeting in Bloomington, Minn., to discuss DU's conservation projects and initiatives. As a portion of the meeting, DU invited CPC members, along with members of the Minnesota congressional delegation and their staff, to attend breakfast meetings last Friday.

DU Western Director Named to Wildlife Advisory Group

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Strategic Vision Committee recently confirmed the appointment of DU's Director of the Western Regional Office Mark Biddlecomb to its Stakeholders Advisory Group.

Ducks Unlimited Receives Great Lakes Habitat Funding

Grants will go towards restoration efforts in Michigan and Pennsylvania

Leaders from California Waterfowl Association visit DU's Governmental Affairs Office in D.C.

California Waterfowl Association President John Carlson and others stopped by the Ducks Unlimited Governmental Affairs Office on August 8 to discuss the latest public policy work regarding budget cuts affecting key waterfowl conservation programs.

Gov. Mike Beebe Names DU Volunteer Steve Cook to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Governor Mike Beebe has named DU volunteer Steve Cook of Malvern, Akansas as the newest commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Tell Your Elected Officials to Support the Ducks

August recess is a great opportunity to reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to support the ducks by supporting conservation programs in FY 2012.

Why sportsmen must support NAWCA and LWCF

The following excerpt is from an article written by Kevin C. Paulson that originally appeared on HuntingLife.com.

Ohio governor stands with sportsmen

Gubernatorial action will prevent harm of resources for hunters, anglers

House delays vote on Interior Appropriations bill

Final vote pushed back indefinitely

Ducks Unlimited and Partners Awarded NAWCA Grant in Wisconsin

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (Wis.) praises DU's conservation efforts within the state

DU Commends Senate Effort to Restore Gulf Coast After Spill

Ducks Unlimited lauded a group of U.S. Senators from Gulf Coast states last week as they introduced legislation that supports ensuring penalties paid by BP under the Clean Water Act are directed back to the Gulf Coast region. The legislation, known as the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011, would direct 80 percent of BP penalties paid under the Clean Water Act toward the long-term health of the Gulf region's coastal ecosystems and economies.

U.S. House of Representatives debating the future of NAWCA funding this week

Tell your members of Congress to support NAWCA funding in FY 2012!

DU joins Interior Secretary Salazar and Rep. Dingell to mark refuge progress

Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Director Becky Humphries joined U.S Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Congressman John Dingell recently to announce the acquisition of 28-acres for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

Proposed legislation could affect Migratory Bird Treaty Act

While the goal of the bill is to strengthen national security, experts testified it could have much broader implications on the ability to manage federal lands for wildlife and for water quality due to legislative provisions that would affect the ability of the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to carry out environmental laws and policies.


With the start of FY 2012 fiscal year less than three months away, Congress is ramping up efforts to pass a budget. The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee considered legislation last week that includes serious budget cuts to the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

DU Attends USFWS Vision Conference

To guide refuge management for the next decade, FWS is hosting a Vision Conference from July 11 to July 15, 2011 in Madison, Wis., to create a new strategic vision plan for conservation.

NAWCA Support Results In Moderate Progress; Final Outcome Uncertain

In the face of the U.S. House of Representatives threatening to eliminate funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Ducks Unlimited members responded by telling Congress about NAWCA’s positive impacts on conservation and America’s economy. Your actions helped partially restore NAWCA funding in the current year to $37.5 million.

DU Applauds Senate Confirmation of Dan Ashe as Director of the USFWS

Ducks Unlimited applauds the U.S. Senate's June 30 vote to confirm Daniel Ashe as the 16th Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ashe, a career employee of the agency, will assume his duties immediately.

As Budget Talks Continue, the Future Remains Uncertain for Waterfowl

Two upcoming meetings will be key to the impact of the future of NAWCA

DU CEO joins America's WETLAND Foundation Board of Directors

DU is pleased with the America's WETLAND Foundation's decision to name DU CEO Dale Hall to the AWF Board of Directors.

DU tells Congress: Conservation Cuts are a Loss Americans Cannot Afford To Take

Ducks Unlimited is working to educate national leaders and policymakers on how important conservation programs are to our people, our economy and our future.

DU and NWF take Sportsmen to Meet with Nation's Leaders

Sportsmen have been calling for coastal marshlands and wetlands to be restored since last year's oil spill, and to pay for the restoration efforts properly funded by ensuring penalties paid by BP under the Clean Water Act be directed back to the Gulf Coast region. However, these calls so far have gone unanswered.

DU license plate approved in Indiana

Need 500 sales to start producing plates; Proceeds go towards Indiana waterfowl habitat

DU and NRCS partnership continues to expand with latest grant venture

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White recently announced that Ducks Unlimited received funding through the USDA's Conservation Innovation Grants for a large scale project in the Prairie Potholes Region of North Dakota and South Dakota that will initially help conserve 5,000 acres of ranchland in both states.

Rep. Ron Kind (WI) helps DU celebrate conserving its 100,000th acre in Wisconsin

In order to celebrate DU's 100,000th acre conserved in Wisconsin, supporters of wetland conservation recently gathered at the 600-acre Meadow Valley Flowage wetland enhancement project in Juneau County

Rep. King (IA) praises DU's NAWCA partnership

Rep. Steve King (IA) praised both Ducks Unlimited and NAWCA for the pivotal role this partnership plays in conserving precious waterfowl habitat. The praise came after last week's announcement that DU received a $1 million NAWCA grant for conservation projects in Iowa.

House introduces legislation to defund Clean Water Act guidance

In April, the Administration initiated steps to restore Clean Water Act protections to many wetlands and other waterways. While sportsmen across the country support efforts to establish Clean Water Act guidance that will clarify how to sustain wetlands and conserve the prairie potholes, the nation's most important breeding habitat, recent actions in the U.S. House of Representatives are threatening to stop this important effort.

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Passage of NAWCA reauthorization bill critical to program's future; Shell Oil contributes half-million dollars to Gulf Coast restoration; Conservation Easement Incentive Act introduced in House with strong support

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SUPPORT THE DUCKS: Reach out to your members of Congress during recess; Make Your Voice Heard! Take Action Today!; DU lauds federal legislation to protect North Fork Habitat in Montana; 2011 National Wetlands Award Winners Announced

CIB 2011 Newsletter Archive

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Minnesota public lands acquisition effort under attack; Sportsmen must speak up or waterfowl will suffer; May 20 marks last day for House members to sign letter in support of FY 2012 NAWCA funding

Salazar: Sportsmen Must Speak Up or Resource Will Suffer

Funding of critical land conservation efforts, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, is in jeopardy and a variety of public land supporters must get involved to help prevent major reductions on these initiatives, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall and several other DU leaders this week.

Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Honor from USDA-NRCS

Ducks Unlimited has been awarded the Natural Resources Conservation Service's highest conservation honor for its exceptional work with the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative. The initiative was created after last year's oil spill as a means to provide alternative habitat and foraging areas for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

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Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Honor from USDA-NRCS; DU Leaders Visit Capitol Hill, Discuss Waterfowl Initiatives with Nation's Top Policymakers; DU explains importance of Clean Water Act draft guidance during media briefing

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DU lauds process to restore wetlands protections critical to waterfowl; Secretary of Interior Salazar Meets with DU in Pothole Country; DU's work in Wisconsin praised by Congressman Tom Petri

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DU to sportsmen: Ask Congress to direct oil spill fines back to Gulf Coast restoration; DU helps protect Miss. land grants funding from massive budget cuts; Natural Resources Trustees announce $1 billion down payment for Gulf Coast restoration efforts

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One year later: DU joins NWF to update sportsmen on Gulf spill restoration efforts, Teleconference set for April 20 at 8 p.m. EDT; DU and SCI victorious in effort to protect hunting on public lands, court rules waterfowl hunting can proceed on national wildlife refuges

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Congress Poised to Restore Partial Funding to NAWCA; NAWCA in Action: Helping Restore Waterfowl Habitats in Louisiana; DU Advocates for Conservation Investment in Wisconsin Capitol

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Waterfowl Need Your Help! DU members urge Congress to support NAWCA funding; Ducks Unlimited hails the importance of NAWCA during press conference call; DU urges the continued funding of key conservation programs in written testimony to House Committee on Appropriations

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Congress returns from recess to address FY2011 budget issues; DU Western Region staff discuss impact of water shortages with with Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner; Nebraska Senator Addresses Ducks Unlimited state convention

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Congress passes another short-term spending resolution, no cuts made to NAWCA funding; U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar visits Nebraska's Rainwater Basin to see conservation efforts in action; DU announces 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards; recipients include Illinois Sen. Durbin

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Senate majority proposes amendment to H.R.1, supports funding crucial conservation programs; DU GAO hosts reception in Washington, D.C., highlights importance of NAWCA program

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Great Lakes staff meets with Congress to express concerns; DU's Southern Region stresses importance of public policy efforts at LA Coastal Experience; Virginia congressman praises DU's efforts to restore NAWCA funding

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Conservation Pays (an op-ed piece by DU CEO Dale Hall); DU biologist attends meeting of coalition aimed at creating a source of state funding for MS conservation

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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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Arkansas senator newest member of federal board managing duck habitat

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DU supports strengthening hunting tradition with additional funding for Open Fields; DU volunteers, staff attend South Carolina Sportsmen's Caucus luncheon; DU thanks state of Louisiana for $2 million support of marsh restoration project; USDA to hold general CRP sign-up for second consecutive year; DU uses Farm Bill easement program to protect critical rice land habitat in California; DU and partners ask state of California, DOI to consider wetlands, waterfowl during water crisis

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Texas DU staff focusing policy concerns on water availability

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DU conservation staff discuss common ground issues with Farm Bureau; Conservation hero makes surprise visit to GLARO office, discusses issues affecting Great Lakes region; Sen. Stabenow, DU present at Farm Bill Forum; DU's Conservation Programs Committee meets to discuss 2012 Farm Bill, Clean Water and other policy issues

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Former DU director of conservation programs named new director of MN DNR; Assistant Secretary of the Interior, active player in national conservation programs, to step down; DU weighs in to support hunting on Forest Service lands

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Newly appointed chairman to lead House Natural Resources Committee on decisions integral to NAWCA, duck stamp program; DU to work with 112th Congress to gain support for conservation-driven programs

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DU recognizes 25th anniversary of Conservation Reserve Program

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Minnesota DNR aims for more ducks in sky, celebrates signing of shallow lakes plan with DU; President signs bill outlawing importation of Asian carp; Bill to reinstate enhanced easement incentive goes to President for signature

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Bill outlawing importation of Asian carp into U.S. one step closer to becoming law; DU public policy director touts Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative at USA Rice Outlook Conference; Newly appointed chairmen to lead committees integral to Farm Bill programs, clean water policy

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DU applauds Ashe nomination as director of Fish and Wildlife Service; DU senior volunteer encourages adults to take kids hunting, fishing at "Let's Move!" briefing; DU acquires Minnesota lake habitat thanks to Outdoor Heritage Fund grant

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Top public policy stories for Nov. 23, 2010 - DU applauds selection of Stabenow as chair of Senate Agriculture Committee, NRCS announces record enrollment in Wetlands Reserve Program, DU continues work on sustained funding for land conservation

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Kansas plant named 2010 Wings over Wetlands award winner, DU urges Congress to use majority of spill fines on Gulf Coast restoration

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Will Lame Duck Congress act on conservation priorities, DU supports waterfowling heritage on national historic trail in Chesapeake Bay area, Conservation policy interns needed

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Another Minnesota lake benefits from DU enhancement; Members of Congress on hand as DU receives grant to restore Great Lakes; NAWCA enables DU, Nebraska landowners to team up for critical habitat conservation

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House committee bolsters historic conservation program; Ducks Unlimited helps clean up Wisconsin waters; Bill to encourage conservation gaining steam; Ducks Unlimited welcomes Missouri habitat expansion; U.S. Senate confirms Hamilton as new head of Fish and Wildlife; Liberal seasons recommended nationwide

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What duck hunters stand to gain - or lose - from clean water; "Protect native prairies," say Congressional agriculture leaders; DU volunteers are speaking out for conservation - you can, too!; From the Capitol steps to your town hall steps - Congress is home for summer

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Be an advocate for clean water in your hometown; Waterfowl havens enhanced by North American Wetlands Conservation Act; Western wetlands saved; Leaders of congressional sportsmen renew call for conservation; House unanimously endorses conservation bill

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Make your voice heard by Congress; Congressional sportsmen stand up for conservation; Conservation programs restored; Invasive species no longer welcome, thanks to DU, Minnesotans

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Ducks and the climate bill; Duck populations up in 2009; Marsh makeover in motion in Iowa; Ducks Unlimited leading restoration of iconic San Francisco Bay watershed

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Leading conservation initiative going strong after 75 years; Congress introduces new bill to protect hunting access; Outdoor writers flock to DU event; State wildlife commission putting hunters' money to good use; House approves big bucks for ducks

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Senate takes action to protect clean water; DU improving California wildlife areas; Reversal of fortunes for farm conservation programs; Northern Conservation Farms Project revitalizes Washington wetlands; Conservation on ballot in Iowa; San Joaquin River restoration

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Louisiana governor dedicates $300 million to coastal restoration; Minnesota Farmers Union supports Clean Water Restoration Act; North Dakota governor denies DU land buy; Record funding for North American Wetlands Conservation Act, refuges

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Farm, conservation groups support agriculture conservation; Support strengthens for Clean Water Restoration Act; Interior secretary names Upper Mississippi "Wetland of International Importance"; Great Lakes "czar," increased funding announced

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National magazine identifies Clean Water Restoration Act as top issue for sportsmen; Winter wheat: sustainability in action for farmers, waterfowlers; Minnesota governor signs historic conservation act

Public Policy

Each year Congress makes important decisions about wildlife habitat conservation programs that directly impact the long-term health of waterfowl populations. DU's office in Washington, D.C., exists to promote these programs and other wildlife-friendly legislation.

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