August 1, 2014

Growing a Greener GOP From the Ground Up

Act Now to Support Sportsmen’s Act of 2012

Federal Duck Stamp, Courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Yesterday, Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked passage of one of the most important conservation acts in recent history. A $10 increase in the price of a federal duck stamp was one of the major reasons cited by GOP Senators. Nearly every conservation organization in the country, including Ducks Unlimited, supports this bill. We need you to contact your Senators today and urge them to reconsider the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012. This link takes you to a directory and email forms for your members of Congress: Contact My Senator.

Following is a summary provided by Ducks Unlimited:

The bill is a compilation of 19 bipartisan bills important to the sportsmen’s community to support public-land access for hunters and anglers as well as conservation of habitat and wildlife.

Several of the hunting and fishing bills included in this legislation have passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis as part of H.R. 4089.

BILL OVERVIEW

Nearly 35 million acres of existing public land have no or restricted access. Sportsmen cite the loss of access as the number one reason they quit hunting or fishing.

The bill continues critical habitat investment programs which are, or have expired, including NAWCA, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, and Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. These programs all leverage four dollars of private investment for each dollar from the program.

This bill reauthorizes Federal Lands Transaction Facilitation Act, which uses a “land for land” approach to improve access.

It also creates a 1.5 percent set aside from LWCF to specifically address access issues by purchasing inholdings in existing public lands and securing easements to access-restricted acreage.

Sportsmen and women are significant financial contributors to habitat conservation. Since 1934, funds raised from the Duck Stamp have conserved 5 million acres of wetland habitat. Ninety-eight cents of every dollar go directly to conserving wetlands. This bill allows the Secretary of Interior to permanently offer an electronic duck stamp and to reevaluate the price of the Duck Stamp every three years, assuring the stamp price can match inflation. The price of the stamp was last raised in 1991 to $15. In the meantime, land prices have skyrocketed, and the acreage purchased with funds from stamp sales has been decreasing.

ECONOMICS

This bill will have no cost to the taxpayers; it doesn’t score under Congressional budget rules.
According to the Western Governors’ Association, outdoor recreation contributed $646 billion in direct spending to the U.S. economy in 2011.

Outdoor recreation supports 2.3 million jobs throughout the Western U.S. alone, with nearly $110 billion in payroll.

SUPPORTERS

National conservation and wildlife groups support the bill (see list below).

American Fisheries Society
American Fly Fishing Trade Association
American Sportfishing Association
Archery Trade Association
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
B.A.S.S., LLC
Berkley Conservation Institute
Boone and Crockett Club
Bowhunting Preservation Alliance
Campfire Club of America
Catch-A-Dream Foundation
Center for Costal Conservation
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
ConservAmerica
Conservation Force
Costal Conservation Association
Dallas Safari Club
Delta Waterfowl Foundation
Ducks Unlimited
Houston Safari Club
Isaac Walton League
International Game Fish Association
Mule Deer Foundation
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Rifle Association
National Wildlife Refuge Association
National Wildlife Federation
National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Trappers Association
National Wild Turkey Federation
North American Bear Foundation
North American Grouse Partnership
Orion – the Hunter’s Institute
Pheasants Forever
Pope and Young Club
Public Lands Foundation
Quail Forever
Quality Deer Management Association
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Ruffed Grouse Society
Shimano Sport Fisheries Initiative
Texas Wildlife Association
The Conservation Fund
The Nature Conservancy
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
TreadLightly!
Trout Unlimited
Trust for Public Lands
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
Wild Sheep Foundation
The Wilderness Society
Wildlife Forever
Wildlife Management Institute

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Comments

  1. “Yesterday, Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked passage of one of the most important conservation acts in recent history”

    conversation = conservative

    This is the kind of thing that makes it hard to be a Republican these days…. but I hang in there… :-)

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