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The Nature Conservancy Appreciates Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014

U.S. Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014, along with a strong set of bipartisan cosponsors.

Arlington, VA | February 05, 2014

ARLINGTON, VA (February 4, 2014) – U.S. Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) today introduced the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2014, along with a strong set of bipartisan cosponsors. The bill is a package of measures important to the sportsmen and conservation communities.

The Nature Conservancy’s Director of U.S. Government Relations Kameran Onley released the following statement in response:

“The Nature Conservancy thanks Senators Hagan and Murkowski for their leadership in introducing the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014.

“This package of sportsmen and conservation bills represents a true bipartisan approach to the issues facing us on the ground today. Several important pieces of legislation in this package focus on the need to expand access to our public lands through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, identify new methods for community-based conservation through programs such as the Federal Land Transaction and Facilitation Act, and promote conservation models such as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, which has more than 25 years of proven success resulting in millions of acres of restored and protected wetlands.

“The Conservancy strongly supports the habitat title of this important sportsmen’s package. In the weeks ahead we encourage the inclusion of additional pieces of legislation to further strengthen this title, including the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act; a price increase for the Migratory Bird Duck Stamp; the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act; Multinational Species Conservation Program reauthorizations; and the Conservation Reform Act.

“We look forward to working with Senator Hagan, Senator Murkowski and Senate and House leadership on ensuring a sportsmen's package moves forward this Congress with a conservation title that is as strong as possible.”

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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