Passing of George Bush a loss to conservation

Passing of George Bush a loss to conservation

41st president instituted the national “no net loss” guideline

MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Dec. 2, 2018 – The conservation community mourns the loss of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States.

Bush, a former Ducks Unlimited member, established the first national policy of “no net loss” of wetlands during his administration. The policy intends to replace any wetland newly affected by draining or development with another wetland of the same size and function. More than 3 million acres of wetlands were restored during Bush’s presidency.

“President Bush’s administration really elevated wetlands issues in the United States,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “He signed the North American Wetlands Conservation Act into law, a program that has been a cornerstone of our nation’s wetlands conservation for more than 25 years. President Bush was a true champion for our natural resources. He was a true conservation hero.”

Since its enactment in 1989, NAWCA has helped fund more than 2,700 projects on more than 34 million acres in all 50 states, as well as in Canada and Mexico.

Bush was the keynote speaker at Ducks Unlimited’s 6th International Waterfowl Symposium in Washington, D.C., on June 8, 1989. During his speech, Bush reiterated his administration’s policy of achieving a no net loss of wetlands in the United States. He also announced his support for NAWCA, which he signed into law more than six months later, on Dec. 13.

The 41st president’s effect on sportsmen and the conservation community also touched our national wildlife refuge system. Bush established 56 new wildlife refuges during his administration.

“All Americans should be grateful for the legacy of wetlands conservation President Bush established ensuring we have clean water and abundant wildlife today and for future generations. His legacy will live on with each sunrise over beautiful wetlands,” said Ducks Unlimited President Rogers Hoyt Jr.

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit