U.S. Senator Mark Pryor announced today that he has been appointed to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission. The commission plays a critical role in allocating conservation funds.
"I am pleased and honored to join the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission," Pryor said. "Arkansas's natural resources are a defining feature of our state, and preserving these habitats is important to wildlife, hunters, and the surrounding communities. I look forward to working with the bipartisan members of the Commission and ensuring Arkansas's interests are well-represented."
Arkansas is home to ten National Wildlife Refuges, and serves as a wintering ground for many species.
The Commission approves any areas of land and/or water for purchase or rental by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and considers the establishment of new waterfowl refuges. The Commission also oversees the expenditure of the funds generated by the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the "Duck Stamp," which are dedicated to the conservation of wetlands and migratory bird habitat.
Other members of the bipartisan Commission include Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), Representatives John Dingell (D-MI) and Rob Wittman (R-VA), A. Eric Alvarez from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.