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House panel recommends decrease in waterfowl habitat funding

The Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee recently passed a bill out of subcommittee that would cut funding for key conservation programs, including a $22.3 million appropriation for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
The bill also included major cuts to other key programs that impact wildlife, including a 21 percent cut to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget and an 80 percent drop in recommended funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The subcommittee bill now moves to the full Appropriations Committee for markup and the Senate will act on the resulting legislation later this year.
Since NAWCA’s inception, over $1 billion in federal grants have been leveraged to collect an additional $3 billion in matching and non-matching funds. These dollars have been invested in more than 2,000 projects across North America.

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