The RI Division of Fish and Wildlife is celebrating the 15th year of our Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program. To mark this event we are re-issuing the image of our 'First-of-State' waterfowl stamp.
The reprint of this legacy image is clearly printed with "15th Year Anniversary Re-Issue" in the margin. For those of you who have followed and supported the Rhode Island Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program, you may recall the "Canvasbacks at Pettaquamscutt Cove" as being one of the most appealing images painted by Robert Steiner. Proceeds from stamp sales, beginning with that very first stamp and print, are protected in a restricted receipt account earmarked for the restoration, research, management, and acquisition of waterfowl habitat.
Over the years, the state has collected more than 1.2 million dollars in revenue from the sale of the stamps and from print royalties. The first project was the successful restoration of the 128-acre Galilee Salt Marsh. Revenue collected over a several year period helped finance this important project completed in 1997. Since that time the Program has provided funds to purchase property in the South Shore Management Area in South Kingstown. This land provides goose hunting and a buffer from development. Funds have also provided for the purchase of property adjacent to the Seapowet Marsh in Tiverton for waterfowl hunting. Last year we completed the control structure for the Buck Hill Marsh and the Durfee Hill Marsh. This project will better control water levels in an effort to encourage expanded waterfowl habitat on the marshes. Additional funds will be used to construct the proposed Skunk Hill Marsh in the Arcadia Wildlife Management Area. Rhode Islanders are proud that for 15 years our duck stamp program has helped to support these types of restoration, research, and management.