Feb 07 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced amendments today to the public lands package that will help preserve Louisiana’s natural beauty by conserving wetlands through the reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.
“It’s no secret that we’re struggling to save our wetlands,” said Sen. Kennedy. “Through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, we’ve been able to conserve 793,701 acres of wildlife habitats across Louisiana. Our wetlands are an important storm buffer, and they support generations of fishermen and shrimpers. My amendment will reauthorize this program for another five years, allowing us to continue this conservation work.”
Sen. Kennedy’s other amendments include:
- A request for expedited action against the emerald ash borer. This is an invasive bug that destroys ash trees. It’s been found in more than 30 states, including Louisiana.
- An adjustment of the rules to make it more financially feasible for private companies to contract with wildlife refuges. Currently, wildlife refuges are having trouble finding contractors to offer canoe rentals and guided nature hikes that increase visits.
- A study of the causes behind Louisiana’s lackluster duck season.