Washington, D.C. — The newly introduced Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act will help address America’s wildlife crisis through innovative solutions. The WILD Act reauthorizes the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund, the Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, establishes Theodore Roosevelt Genius Grants for solutions to pressing wildlife threats such as poaching and trafficking. The bill also improves invasive species control through amendments to the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act. The National Wildlife Federation heralded the bill’s reintroduction today in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska).
“The National Wildlife Federation believes that collaborative conservation and innovation are essential to ensuring that wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. We are proud to support the WILD Act, sponsored by Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper — as well as Rep. Lowenthal and Rep. Young — which will spur unprecedented conservation partnerships and unleash innovation to overcome some of the greatest threats facing wildlife,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.
The Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver (WILD) Act:
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