Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) announced today that the Migratory Bird Commission, chaired by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, will award $9,928,536 in conservation funding to the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge, which is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
This grant will support conservation efforts for wetland habitats and waterfowl populations while supporting local economies and recreational traditions such as hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The wetlands also provide flood control benefits and mitigate coastal erosion.
The funds were primarily raised through the sale of Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as “Duck Stamps.” Duck Stamps – while required by waterfowl hunters as an annual license – are also voluntarily purchased by birders, outdoor enthusiasts, and fans of national wildlife refuges who understand the value of preserving some of the most diverse and important wildlife habitats in our nation.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
“The Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge is significant to the culture and heritage of South Louisiana. The wildlife refuge serves as a natural barrier and flood control structure, which must be maintained. This funding will help preserve the sportsman’s traditions that our state is so well-known for while also conserving local wildlife and their habitats.”