North American Wetlands Conservation Act – 30 Years Strong!

After the signing of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) in 1986, federal and state agencies joined with private conservation groups to secure funding dedicated to wetland conservation and restoration. With the help of key legislators like Senator George Mitchell of Maine and Representative Silvio Conte of Massachusetts, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, or NAWCA, was introduced. In 1989, the Senate and House passed NAWCA, and President George H.W. Bush signed this new continental conservation funding mechanism into law on December 12, 1989. President Bush also pledged a new policy of “no net loss of wetlands.”

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Now 30 years after that historic signing, with help from the Joint Ventures and countless partners, NAWCA’s annual federal funding hasn’t been simply matched, but doubled and even tripled by state, provincial, non-governmental organization, and private partners.  The NAWCA appropriations have helped fuel and support thousands of projects across North America that are focused on wetland conservation and restoration.

Join us and all those in the wetland, waterfowl, and birding communities in celebrating 30 years of NAWCA!

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