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Government, Hunting & Conservation Groups Announce First Day of Duck Stamp Sales in Southeast
Funds Purchase Vital Land for Wildlife Habitat

 

MEDIA ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 29, 2005

Contacts:
Tom MacKenzie, USFWS, 404/679-7291, 678-296-6400 (cell)

 

WHO:

  • Sam D. Hamilton, Southeast Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
    the agency responsible for administering the Duck Stamp Program;
  • Georgann Schmalz, President of Atlanta Audubon Society
  • Robert Bamford, Postmaster of Lawrenceville, Georgia, U.S. Postal Service
  • Jay Roper, Chairman, Gwinnett County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited;
  • Bill Fletcher, Chief of Game Management, Wildlife Resources Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources;
  • Glen Dowling, Executive Vice-President, Georgia Wildlife Federation

WHAT:

Media availability and photo opportunities at the first day of 2005-2006 Duck Stamp Sales. Duck stamps available on location for $15.

WHERE:

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
5900 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, Georgia

WHEN:

Friday, July 1, 2005, 11 a.m.

NOTE: Southeastern media outside Atlanta area can participate in the press conference by telephone. Call contact below for access number.

CONTACT:

Tom MacKenzie, USFWS, 404/679-7291, 678-296-6400 (cell)

BACKGROUND:

Duck Stamps (Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps) were originally created in 1934 as the federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl. Now these pictorial stamps, produced by the Postal Service for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, also contribute funding for wetland conservation. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar generated from duck stamp sales goes to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Additionally, a current year’s Duck Stamp serves as an entrance pass to National Wildlife Refuges. Duck stamps are also collector’s items. More than $700 million in stamp sales has protected more than 5.2 million acres of waterfowl habitat. A recent success of the National Wildlife Refuge System and the Federal Duck Stamp Program is the discovery of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker in Cache River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Arkansas. The bird had been considered extinct for 61 years.


US Fish & Wildlife Service Duck Stamp Website

State by State and Refuge Listing of Duck Stamps funds and land purchased

Duck Stamp poster

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Duck Stamp
Duck Stamp
Junior Duck Stamp
Junior Duck Stamp

:30 Second Public Service Announcement

 


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