Protect Conservation Reserve Program Lands
Stand up for fishing and hunting-- add my name to protect fish and game within the Conservation Reserve Program! Petition will be sent to Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture.
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Dear Tom Vilsack,
Secretary of Agriculture
We the undersigned Americans want to maintain a healthy Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which provides vital habitat for game and fish and protection of our water quality. Over the years, sportsmen have benefited greatly from setting aside tens of millions of acres for wildlife habitat —an area the size of Iowa. Since the program was established, CRP lands have supported millions of ducks, pheasants, deer, fish and other wildlife prized by sportsmen.
While the CRP has been a huge success for farmers, wildlife habitat and sportsmen, the program faces unprecedented challenges. Contracts covering 8.4 million acres of CRP land are due to expire soon. Low payments for retaining land in the CRP are placing farmers under increasing pressure to withdraw their land. If we do not carefully balance our energy and quality of life needs we could destroy decades of progress in habitat restoration.
USDA must manage the CRP for conservation and focus on enhancing and expanding this vital game and wildlife habitat for the enjoyment of future generations. USDA leadership should ensure that wildlife benefits continue throughout the life of CRP contracts. Agricultural practices must be managed to protect wildlife. It is essential that CRP rental rates be competitive and accurately reflect local rates and that farmers have continued opportunities to enroll their land in CRP.
Sincerely, [Your Name]
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