The U.S. Senate passed the Duck Stamp Act of 2014 today, which will increase the cost of a federal duck stamp from $15 to $25 if President Barack Obama signs it into law.
According to a news release from Ducks Unlimited, which supports the legislation, the additional funding generated will help preserve additional waterfowl habitat.
“With the assistance of Sen. David Vitter and his leadership in helping pass the Duck Stamp Act of 2014, much-needed funding has been secured for wetlands and waterfowl conservation,” Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall said. “The additional duck stamp funding provided by waterfowl hunters and other conservationists will not only conserve critical waterfowl habitat, but will also help ensure the future of our waterfowling traditions.”
The last time the price of the stamp increased was 1991, and the release states purchasing power has declined because of inflation and higher land costs.
“This is huge news for conservation and duck hunters,” Vitter said. “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. This legislation boosts conservation efforts, which in turn directly impacts the success of duck hunters in near and future hunting seasons.”
Since the federal duck stamp’s introduction in 1934, it has raised more than $750 million and has conserved more than 6 million acres of waterfowl habitat, the release states.