Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014, which proposes increasing the cost of the federal duck stamp from $15 to $25. This important piece of conservation legislation, which now awaits President Obama’s signature, will channel millions of additional funds towards wetlands and other waterfowl habitat. The U.S. House of Representatives advanced a companion bill in November. This is a long overdue response to inflation and rising land costs since 1991—the last time the duck stamp price was increased.
“By restoring the lost purchasing power of the Federal Duck Stamp, this legislation will give us the opportunity to work with thousands of additional landowners across the nation to maintain vital habitat for waterfowl, grassland birds and hundreds of other native species,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, according to a Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership press release.
Since its introduction in 1934, the federal duck stamp has raised more than $750 million and has conserved more than 6 million acres of waterfowl habitat, according to Ducks Unlimited. The group’s CEO, Dale Hall, released a statement thanking Sen. David Vitter for his leadership in helping to pass this legislation. “The additional duck stamp funding provided by waterfowl hunters and other conservationists will not only conserve critical waterfowl habitat, but will also help ensure the future of our waterfowling traditions,” said Hall.