RESTON, Va. — The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies honored National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O’Mara and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation President Jeff Crane for their ongoing work to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. The bipartisan bill, which has more than 180 co-sponsors and would provide critical new support for state, local, and Tribal wildlife-conservation projects, received its first congressional hearing in December and passed the House of Representatives in July as part of the Moving Forward Act.
“America’s wildlife are in crisis, with more than one-third of all wildlife species in the United States at heightened risk of extinction and in urgent need of immediate conservation attention. We have been proud to champion the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act with our allies at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation,” O’Mara said. “This award is an honor and a challenge to the conservation community to build off the recent, historic success of the Great American Outdoors Act by passing the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act — and to secure our wildlife heritage for future generations.”
According to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, “the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act represents the most significant and ambitious policy objective in a generation. The National Wildlife Federation, under Collin O’Mara’s leadership, maintains one of the most diverse affiliate networks in the conservation community. From traditional stakeholders in the hunting and fishing communities to birders and environmental organizations, the National Wildlife Federation has leveraged their organizational strength to bring a ready-made, diverse coalition able to tell the story of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act from each of their unique lenses.”
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