Sending Office: Honorable Mike Thompson
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Deadline: March 25, 2019

FY2020 Interior Programmatic Appropriations Request

Dear Colleague:

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) is a long-standing program that has been immensely effective in leveraging non-federal funds to protect, restore, and manage wetland habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. NAWCA provides federal
cost-share funding to support the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

NAWCA is a landmark investment over 30 years old, that has led to the conservation of America’s wildlife resources and produced a number of economic and environmental benefits nationwide. Additionally, it serves as a non-regulatory, incentive-based, landowner-friendly
program. For every federal dollar granted under NAWCA, at least a one-dollar match is required from partners at the state and local level. Often, these matching funds are double, triple, or more on the federal investment.

Since NAWCA’s enactment, about 6,000 conservation partners in 2,833 projects, from small landowners to large corporations, have leveraged nearly $1.6 billion in NAWCA grant funds with over $4.68 billion in partner funds to affect 29.8 million acres of habitat. Wetlands
play a vital role in maintaining the quality of our environment, and we believe one would be hard pressed to find a better federal wetlands preservation program than NAWCA.

As you may know, NAWCA has been included in every Presidential budget since the program’s inception in 1989. Federal funds for projects are awarded on a competitive basis, where a project’s value is based on its biological significance to migratory birds and
other wildlife. Signing this letter will support programmatic funding in the Interior Appropriations bill and is not counted as an earmark request.

Congress has consistently shown strong bipartisan support for NAWCA thanks to the program’s wide range of benefits across the continent. We hope you will join us in sending a letter to the Appropriations Committee in support of the most practical funding level
for NAWCA in Fiscal Year 2020. If you would like to sign the letter, or if you have any questions, please contact (Dingell), (Wittman), (Thompson), or (Marshall).



MIKE THOMPSON                                       ROB WITTMAN

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

DEBBIE DINGELL                                       ROGER MARSHALL

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

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