LWFC allocates waterfowl breeding grounds funding to Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted on Oct. 7 to allocate Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) dedicated funding for development and preservation of migratory waterfowl breeding grounds to Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl for three years.

Since 1965, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has provided funding to support conservation of breeding-grounds habitat for migratory waterfowl and by statute allocates a portion of annual hunting license revenue for that purpose.

Ducks Unlimited will receive 75% and Delta Waterfowl 25% of the allocation in each of three consecutive fiscal years, including 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24, that is to be used for protecting, restoring and enhancing breeding habitat for migratory waterfowl.

In response to a Commission RFP in June, proposals were presented to the Commission in August by Delta Waterfowl and Ducks Unlimited. Each group was seeking funding that comes from 10 percent of LDWF hunting license sales.

In the last three years, an average of $270,000 annually has been awarded for the protection, restoration and enhancement of breeding waterfowl habitat.

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