PF Members Move Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area Forward
This week, Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, signed the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area Environmental Assessment and Land Protection Plan. This is another major step to making the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area a reality, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the advocacy of Pheasants Forever members.
“The lands targeted for protection in the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area will conserve up to 240,000 acres of wetlands and 1.7 million acres of grasslands in the Prairie Pothole Region. The newly established conservation area will buffer against the adverse impacts associated with a variety of environmental stressors and assure in achieving the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge system,” Ashe stated in his approval letter.
More simply put, the Dakota Grasslands Conservation Area will protect a bunch of quality pheasant and duck habitat, a win for conservationists and upland and waterfowl hunters. The current administration has stated this proposed area is one of its highest conservation priorities, and the letters, emails and phone calls from Pheasants Forever members in support of it have certainly been heard.
Thanks for your continued support of Pheasants Forever and wildlife habitat conservation!
For more: See Building a Conservation Ethic for the 21st Century
The D.C. Minute is written by Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Government Relations.
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