Funds to Enhance Migratory Bird Habitat
March 27 - The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission today approved $61.3 million in funding to protect, restore and enhance more than 205,000 acres of wetlands and associated uplands in the United States, Canada and Mexico. This includes $6.6 million to acquire land or easements on five national wildlife refuges – funds raised largely through the sale of Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, known as “Duck Stamps.”
For every dollar spent on Federal Duck Stamps, 98 cents go directly to acquire vital habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The commission oversees the
“These grants are critical to maintaining the health and vitality of America’s wetlands and the abundance and variety of wildlife they support,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “Wetlands are particularly critical to migratory birds all along their flyways. These grants will enable our partners in Canada, Mexico and the United States to protect and improve the quality of thee habitats.”
The five refuge projects approved by the commission are:
The commission is chaired by the Secretary of the Interior. Its members include U.S. Senators Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Mark Pryor of Arkansas; U.S. Representatives John Dingell of Michigan and Robert Wittman of Virginia; and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.