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Wildlife professionals are the nation’s premiere experts on the resources required to ensure effective conservation and management of native species. This real-world knowledge and experience is an extremely effective tool to engage with elected officials and agency administrators and advance the needs of the profession and science-based wildlife conservation. The Wildlife Society’s Action Center gives wildlifers a simple tool to directly engage their elected representatives in the U.S. Congress and federal agency administrators on wildlife policy issues important to them.
Check out the list below for active campaigns, and learn more about TWS’ policy program by visiting wildlife.org/policy. More information about how wildlifers can engaged in wildlife policy is available in TWS’ Policy Toolkit.
Each year, the U.S. federal appropriations process determines funding allocations for federal agencies that manage wildlife resources and administer grant programs for wildlife conservation. Funding provided through the congressional appropriations process enables wildlife professionals to provide on-the-ground support for wildlife populations and their habitat. TWS members should engage with their Representatives and Senators to communicate the importance of funding different wildlife conservation programs that impact their professional lives.
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in the conservation of America’s most at-risk species. This bill would establish nearly 1.4 billion in dedicated funding annually for state and tribal wildlife agencies to implement proactive and voluntary conservation measures to address America’s wildlife crisis. TWS members can learn more about the bill and reach out directly to their members of Congress with information on how this legislation would impact their state.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System is the nation’s only set of federal lands dedicated to the conservation and management of America’s native wildlife. It is the largest and most diverse network of conservation lands in the world. Chronic underfunding threatens the Refuge System and forces it to defer a range of critical services. TWS members can learn more about the Refuge System and reach out directly to their members of Congress to communicate the importance of funding its operations and maintenance accounts.
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act guides the protection and management of more than 1,000 migratory bird species across the United States. Born out of the 1916 treaty, it is one of the United States’ oldest and most significant wildlife-focused laws. A proposal to reinstate the longstanding interpretation of “take” under the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act to include incidental take of listed species was recently announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. You can support the work of wildlife professionals conserving migratory bird populations by providing your thoughts and expertise in response to this important rulemaking.
For more information about TWS’ Action Center and how to engage in policy issues, contact:
Caroline Murphy, AWB®, Government Relations Manager