Financing of Wildlife Refuge Requisition Program

Number: 1975-14


WHEREAS, the abundance of our wild waterfowl population is directly related to the amount of waterfowl wetland habitat available; and

WHEREAS, the United States duck hunter, through his purchase of the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp, otherwise known as the Duck Stamp, has carried a considerable financial burden of purchasing the necessary wetlands for wildlife habitat; and

WHEREAS, these waterfowl refuges purchased with duck hunters’ money are utilized by tens of thousands of people each year for various recreational purposes such as birdwatching, nature study, picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, swimming and others; and

WHEREAS, these people utilizing these refuges purchased primarily with the sportsmen’s money benefit from the wetland acquisition program whether or not they are waterfowl hunters;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Wildlife Federation, in annual convention assembled March 14-16, 1975, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, requests that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service include in its descriptive literature and post in plain view at appropriate places, a statement calling attention to the wetland acquisition and public benefits derived from the contributions of sportsmen.