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US Senate Advances Most Significant Wildlife Conservation Bill in Half-Century

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Will Safeguard Species from Bobwhite Quail to Monarch Butterfly

  • DeAnna Harris, Georgia Wildlife Federation
  • Jun 01, 2022

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s bipartisan vote to advance the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act brings the most significant wildlife conservation legislation in half a century — one step closer to becoming law. The vote affirms that the bill, which will prevent extinctions by investing $1.4 billion in proactive, collaborative conservation efforts, is the right approach to addressing the wildlife crisis.

“This is an incredible opportunity to make a real difference in conservation funding in Georgia,” said Mike Worley, president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. “Frankly, it may well be the most important conservation legislation in the last 70 years.”

Georgia angler with Shoal Bass. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Wildlife Federation.

Ultimate passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will make Georgia eligible for $27.4M annually to address plants and animals of significant concern. These priority species are identified in Georgia’s State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).

Currently, Georgia only receives approximately $1.4M through State and Tribal Wildlife Grants to attempt to conserve the 640 species on the SWAP. These species range from the Northern Bobwhite Quail to the Shoal Bass; from the Pocket Gopher to the Bottle-nosed Dolphin; from the Dwarf Sumac to the Monarch Butterfly; from the Gopher Tortoise to the Coosa Moccasinshell.

Nationally, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would:

  • Invest $1.4 billion in dedicated annual funding for proactive, collaborative efforts by the states, Tribes, and territories to recover at-risk wildlife species
  • Focus efforts on the 12,000 species of wildlife and plants, identified by state, Tribal, and territorial wildlife managers, in need of conservation assistance in their federally-approved State Wildlife Action Plans
  • Devote $97.5 million each year to Tribal nations’ proactive wildlife conservation efforts on tens of millions of acres of land
  • Provide a one-time investment in funding that will focus specifically on addressing the backlog of endangered species recovery work
  • Spend at least 15 percent of the resources on recovering threatened and endangered species

“There is an extinction crisis in our world, in our country and in our state,” remarked Worley. “We can make a difference in Georgia by encouraging our members of Congress to press for passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.”

Read the bill HERE.

Georgia angler. Photo courtesy of the Georgia Wildlife Federation.

Georgia Wildlife Federation was founded as a sportsman’s organization in 1936 and is Georgia’s oldest conservation organization. Today, members include hunters, anglers, bird watchers, hikers, educators, and all Georgians who are interested in preserving our natural resources and outdoor heritage.

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