On March 16th, President Trump and his administration released their budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. A quick scan of the document reveals America’s conservation legacy is at risk. With major cuts to both the Department of Agriculture and Department of Interior, there is an uncertain future for some of the major programs that provide the pillars of conservation in our country.
Among those programs at risk are the Land and Water Conservation Trust, Neotropical Migratory Bird Protection Act and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).
The NAWCA operates with the North American Waterfowl Management plan and works to increase bird populations while ensuring healthy and productive wetland systems. The Act acquires and protects wetland habitats while working with outdoor recreationists such as bird watchers, hunters, anglers, and farmers to ensure a healthy balance between human recreation and stable ecosystems. The White House’s new budget has the potential to wipe this program completely.
Back Country Hunters & Anglers has joined the fight to protect wetlands with this easy to fill petition that can be found here.
Join the fight, sign the petition, and don’t let congress strip us of America’s precious lands and wildlife.