The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would direct $1.3 billion of existing revenue from oil and gas activities on federal lands and waters towards state-led efforts to recover these at-risk wildlife species
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists estimate that one-third of all U.S. wildlife species are currently at increased risk of extinction. Factors such as habitat loss, invasive species, disease, and severe weather have taken a significant toll on birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and bees.
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, introduced today by Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), would direct $1.3 billion of existing revenue from oil and gas activities on federal lands and waters towards state-led efforts to recover these at-risk wildlife species. The legislation builds upon the successes of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (Pittman-Robertson) and the Federal Aid in Sportfish Restoration Act (Dingell-Johnson) that have allowed America to lead the world in the conservation of game species, such as deer, elk, bighorn sheep, wild turkeys, and many species of waterfowl and sportfish.
The legislation will enable the recovery of wildlife populations by funding proactive and collaborative on-the-ground conservation actions. These efforts will be guided by the State Wildlife Action Plans, which are developed and regularly updated by state fish and wildlife agencies in close consultation with conservation partners, landowners, businesses, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. States will be required to provide 25 percent matching funds.
Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation, said today:
“Right now, America’s wildlife are in crisis and need our help. Scientists tell us that as many of one-third of all wildlife species in our nation are at risk. We need to act now to ensure that future generations of Americans inherit the full diversity of our nation’s fish and wildlife.
“We thank Representatives Young and Dingell for introducing the historic Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. This bill will help thousands of wildlife species through proactive, collaborative, on-the-ground efforts. The approach is unique because it calls for early action to save struggling wildlife, rather than waiting until species are on the brink of extinction and need expensive ‘emergency room’ measures to recover. When this bill becomes law, we will increase wildlife populations, strengthen America’s economy, and reduce the need for regulatory measures.”
More information at www.nwf.org/recoveringamericaswildlife.
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