The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved over $27 million in funding last Wednesday for projects to conserve approximately 200,000 acres of migratory bird habitat. This commission was established to consider and potentially approve land and waterways the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has an interest in acquiring for conservation purposes. Federal funding for Commission projects comes from a variety of sources, such as Duck Stamp sales, federal appropriations, and Migratory Bird Treaty Act fines. In the Commission’s newest round of grant approvals, $21 million of these funds will be used to conserve 133,000 acres of wetland areas through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). The 20 recently approved NAWCA projects require outside matching grants to receive federal funding, which has resulted in $45.3 million in funding from non-government partners.
To learn more, check out the U.S. Department of the Interior Press Release