Thompson introduces bipartisan resolution for California rice paddies in wildlife conservation – Times-Herald
Last week, Congressman Mike Thompson introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to recognize the important role California rice paddies play in wildlife conservation.
“California’s rice paddies play a critical role in protecting our wildlife and conserving their populations,” Thompson said in a press release. “California’s rice paddies, along with researchers and salmon and waterfowl community partners, have protected our paddies and served as good stewards of our environment. I am proud to work with the organizations that have endorsed this resolution to ensure that California’s rice paddies continue to play an important role in wildlife conservation and preserve and enhance rice paddies habitats for generations to come.
Co-sponsors of the resolution include Representatives Doug LaMalfa, John Garamendi, Doris Matsui, Jim Costa, Jimmy Panetta and David Valadao.
The resolution is endorsed by the California Rice Commission, California Trout, California Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, the National Audubon Society, the Northern California Water Association, the University of California, Davis, and the University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in California.
“We are honored to be recognized by this Ricelands Habitat Resolution which demonstrates how hard our California Rice growers and millers have worked, for decades, to care for California’s resources and become known as the name of environmental culture,” said Tim Johnson, President. & CEO California Rice Commission in the same press release. “We value this reputation as a leader in habitat conservation and environmental stewardship. We thank Congressman Thompson and his team for granting us this great honor and for taking the time to prepare this resolution.
Sacramento Valley rice paddies managed to provide habitat for waterbirds are widely recognized as one of the nation’s great conservation success stories. Now, science has shown that those same fields are also critically important to the recovery of Golden State salmon and other endangered fish populations.
“These active earth solutions allow us to get the most pop per drop from our limited water resources,” says Jacob Katz, senior scientist for the nonprofit conservation organization California Trout. “It’s a win-win model for California fins, feathers and farms.”