In 1983, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission established the North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Program. The purpose of the program is to generate revenue for waterfowl conservation in the state of North Carolina to be used for acquiring and improving waterfowl habitat. Proceeds from the sale of stamps and prints are designated for the Commission’s waterfowl fund which has raised more than $4.2 million since its inception.
The money is used to help North Carolina meet its financial obligations in implementing the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, an international agreement with goals to restore waterfowl populations on the North American continent. These funds have also been used to support Canada Geese research and to purchase equipment used to manage wetlands.
- To conduct a national competition for obtaining the highest quality work of art that will have broad appeal to art collectors.
- To create waterfowl prints and stamps from the winning piece of art and make available for art collectors and waterfowl enthusiasts.