Senate Unanimously Approves Reauthorization of Junior Duck Stamp, Wildlife Restoration, and Great Ape Conservation Programs WASHINGTON, DC – Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chairman of the Environment & Public Works Committee, today hailed the Senate’s unanimous passage of four important conservation bills including the Junior Duck Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2005, reauthorization of the Great Ape Conservation and Wildlife Restoration programs, and technical corrections to the Lacey Act. “I am pleased the Senate today unanimously passed these four important conservation bills,” Inhofe said, “The provisions in these bills will extend and maintain these great, successful programs, further enhancing our conservation efforts in the U.S. and around the world.” The four conservation bills approved by the Senate today are: · S. 1339, Junior Duck Stamp Reauthorization (Inhofe): Reauthorizes the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program Act of 1994 through FY2010. The Junior Duck Stamp program is administered by state and regional coordinators from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, state resource agencies, and nonprofit conservation organizations. S. 1340, Wildlife Restoration Reauthorization (Inhofe): Extends authority under current law to direct interest accrued from the Pittman-Robertson Federal-Aid in Wildlife Restoration fund to be spent on projects under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). Interest earned under this account has been eligible for these types of projects since NAWCA was enacted in 1989. However, if not reauthorized, this authority would expire on September 30, 2005. · S. 1250, Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization (Jeffords): Reauthorizes the Great Ape Conservation Fund, which receives its annual appropriation through the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, for five years and authorizes $5 million for 2006 and 2007 and $7 million for fiscal years 2008 through 2010. S.1415, Lacey Act technical corrections (Inhofe): Makes technical corrections to the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 and the Captive Wildlife Safety Act (CWSA) to ensure that the CWSA provisions found in 16 U.S.C 3372 are fully enforceable.