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Ducks Unlimited Meets Government

Ducks Unlimited leaders met with congressional and federal agency representatives in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss the critical role wetlands conservation programs play across the U.S.

Hunters and anglers generate almost $80 billion in the U.S. economy each year, Scott Sutherland, Director of the Governmental Affairs Office for Ducks Unlimited, told the officials. He then suggested that the government remember how important waterfowl-related issues are to their constituents when scaling back budgets.

DucksIn more than 30 meetings, the Ducks Unlimited volunteers outlined how waterfowl-related initiatives, such as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, positively impact the economies of local communities across the nation.

Several participants of the fly-in also met with Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior. They discussed the importance of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed Dakota Grassland Conservation Area, designed to protect endangered grasslands in America’s Prairie Pothole Region.

Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. These Washington DC meetings will hopefully help preserve even more land birds.

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