As the much-debated economic stimulus package moves toward approval today, Ducks Unlimited reminds sportsmen that the bill contains potential opportunities for hunters and anglers to see improvements in the habitats they use. The conservation group has supported stimulus money to be designated for conservation efforts, which will conserve waterfowl and wildlife habitat and create thousands of badly needed jobs.
“Conservation projects like wetlands restoration were the original ‘green jobs,’” said Scott Sutherland, director, Ducks Unlimited Governmental Affairs Office. “These projects can be initiated rapidly and will improve habitat and water quality for years to come – all the while protecting and enhancing thousands of acres of waterfowl and wildlife habitat.”
Wetlands restoration projects, like the kind undertaken through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, could create more than 8,000 jobs nationwide – many are pre-approved and “shovel-ready” but lack the funding necessary to put them on the ground, according to DU. Improvements to the National Wildlife Refuge System, which is supported in part by waterfowl hunters purchasing federal duck Stamps, could generate more than 18,000 jobs and improve critical waterfowl habitat in the breeding grounds, wintering areas and along the migratory flyways.
The organization is urging sportsmen to contact their legislators and ask them to support inclusions for such projects in the final version of the economic stimulus package.