Vitter Introduces Duck Stamp Bill to Assist Duck Habitat Conservation
Legislation benefits sportsmen and waterfowl conservation efforts
July 17, 2014
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced the Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014, which would update the price of the duck stamp for the first time since 1991.
"As we move forward to conserve millions of acres of waterfowl habitat, it's important to remember the mutually beneficial relationship between our nation's sportsmen and ducks," said Vitter. "This legislation boosts conservation efforts, which in turn directly impacts the success of duck hunters in near and future hunting seasons."
The Federal Duck Stamp Act of 2014 updates the price of a duck stamp, a move supported by duck hunters due to the associated benefits to conserve duck habitat. The legislation also requires any additional revenue from the price increase to be used for conservation easements, which ensures that habitat will be better protected without a substantial increase in federal land ownership.
The bipartisan legislation was cosponsored by Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). The House version of this legislation was introduced by Rep. John Fleming (R-La.).