Ducks Unlimited issues statement on Pawlenty RIM program veto

St. Paul, Minn. — Funding for an important and
landowner-friendly habitat conservation program was line-item
vetoed this week by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in the state’s bonding bill,
a move Ducks Unlimited says may jeopardize millions in matching
federal funds.

“The veto of $25 million for the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM)
conservation easement program is a real lost opportunity for
Minnesota. The loss of state bonding funds and potentially $35
million of federal conservation dollars will result in 18,000 to
20,000 acres of habitat not getting restored and protected for
wildlife, clean water, flood storage and economic growth,” said
Ryan Heiniger, DU director of conservation programs in Minnesota.
“We appreciate the Legislature’s work to prioritize this program,
and we are optimistic future bonding bills will once again provide
this traditional source of funding for RIM.”

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest non-profit organization
dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing
waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has
conserved more than 13 million acres, thanks to contributions from
more than a million supporters across the continent.

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