The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is moving on several wildlife bills, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and a price adjustment for federal duck stamps.
According to Ducks Unlimited, the NAWCA is the ideal approach to conserving wetland habitat because of the wide and diverse range of stakeholders it benefits. The public-private partnership helps not only hunters and anglers, but anyone living as an American citizen.
Floods, droughts, drinking water and ecosystem maintenance are just some of the factors that weigh into wetland conservation, and the NAWCA goes a long way in combining efforts and focusing on problem solution to help preserve the wildlife of our nation’s marshes, ponds and other wetlands.
What is the NAWCA?The North American Wetlands Conservation Act conserves North America's waterfowl, fish and wildlife resources while producing a variety of environmental and economic benefits. Since its inception, more than 2,000 NAWCA projects have contributed to the conservation of almost 27 million acres of habitat across North America.
The reauthorization bill (S. 741) is co-sponsored by 14 bipartisan senators, headed by EPW Ranking Member David Vitter (LA) and Chair Barbara Boxer (CA).
Another bill (S. 1865), which would increase the price of federal duck stamps purchased by waterfowl hunters, is led by Senator Mark Begich (AK). Since its inception in 1934, the federal duck stamp price has only risen seven times. The proposed boost will go from the current $15 charge to $25, but is arguably reasonable when compared to inflation and the fact that it’s a user fee, and have no net impact on federal spending.
Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall said “NAWCA and the federal duck stamp are two programs fiercely supported by sportsmen and women. DU will work to keep up this momentum in order to get these bills to the Senate floor for votes.”
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