Article in: Bird Conservation
June 18, 2008
Every time a Duck Stamp is bought, precious bird habitat is conserved. For every Duck Stamp purchased, 98 cents of every dollar goes directly to purchase land.
We found more proof showing how wonderful Duck Stamps are for conservation. The Mirgratory Bird Conservation Commission approved 18,118 acres of wetland and grassland habitat for Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge along with quite a few other grants.
From the U.S. Department of Interior Press Release: As part of a suite of wetlands acquisition and conservation grant approvals, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission today approved $4 million to purchase more than 18,000 acres of prime prairie wetland and associated grassland habitat for the Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Minnesota â€“ one of the largest purchases ever using dollars generated from Federal Duck Stamp sales and import duties on firearms and ammunition.
This huge land purchase shows how hunters and conservationists can come together and proof that Duck Stamps work.
This acquisition also secures habitat for three other National Wildlife Refuges.
- Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge – Oregon – 180 acres
- Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge – North Carolina â€“ 1,481 acres
- Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge – Maine â€“ 1,129 acres
- $24 million in federal funding to protect, restore, enchance and manage over 107,000 acres of habitat in North America under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)
- $1.67 million for 27 projects affecting 28,657 acres in 24 states under the NAWCA Small Grants program
- $19.7 million for four Canadian projects affecting 80,000 acres
- $640,000 for two projects protecting 2,470 acres in Mexico