Sep 19 2023
WASHINGTON – The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved a $3 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant for the conservation and preservation of more than 2,000 acres of waterfowl habitat in St. Francis and Lee counties.
“I’m proud to be a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission and champion for Arkansas’s wetlands. Duck hunting is a way of life and an economic driver in our state so we must continue making investments to preserve the unique habitat that continues attracting sportsmen from all over the world,” said Senator John Boozman (R-AR).
“Duck hunting is an important part of Arkansas’s culture and economy. This grant will help make sure future generations of Arkansans and hunters from all over America can enjoy and benefit from our state’s wetlands,” said Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR).
“In Arkansas, duck hunting isn’t just a well-respected sport that families often enjoy together, but a vital piece of our economy and tourism revenue. Preserving this waterfowl habitat will ensure that folks will continue to enjoy duck hunting in eastern Arkansas for generations to come,” said Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR-01).
“Since its inception in 1989, NAWCA has seen unrivaled success in restoring North America’s threatened migratory bird habitats,” said Ducks Unlimited CEO Adam Putnam. “These projects not only support natural places, but they are also good for local economies, support outdoor recreation, improve our water quality, reduce erosion and protect against flooding. We thank our friends in Congress for supporting this vital program and look forward to getting this project underway in eastern Arkansas.”
The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission is responsible for directing funds raised by the sale of the Duck Stamp to waterfowl habitat and hunter conservation. The commission recently approved more than $50 million in grants to support the conservation and restoration of more than 160,000 acres of wetlands and waterfowl habitat nationwide.