Recovering America’s Wildlife Act:
A 21st Century Model of Wildlife Conservation Funding
State and tribal wildlife agency professionals and their partners work tirelessly on the conservation and management of wildlife populations for the benefit of the American public. A bill that will match this ethic with adequate financial support is in line for movement this Congress.
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 2773; S. 2372), introduced by Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska) in the U.S. House and Senators Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) and Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) in the U.S. Senate, will bring much-needed resources to wildlife professionals tasked with conserving the diversity of America’s native species. These resources will fund multi-stakeholder efforts to conserve and monitor these at-risk species, known in states as Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN), in order to work toward reversing population declines.
The previous version of this legislation introduced in the 116th Congress saw over 180 bipartisan House cosponsors. With your help, we can build up additional support to foster movement of this game-changing legislation.
What’s at stake
Since 2000, state and tribal wildlife agencies have pulled from a much smaller funding stream known as the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program. This program is vulnerable to the whims of congressional appropriators, and is typically only funded at about $60-$70 million annually. Such limited funding only provides state agencies the ability to address a few of the SGCN projects deemed necessary within their conservation action blueprints, known as State Wildlife Action Plans. This problem is amplified in tribal agencies, where no federal fund exists that agencies can utilize annually for long-term conservation planning.
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act aims to drastically change this dynamic. This legislation would:
How to get involved
TWS members can:
TWS chapters and sections can:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to share any action you have taken on behalf of TWS or if you have any questions on how to take action.
See below for our relevant coverage:
“Press Release: Fish and Wildlife Scientists Commend Introduction of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act” Posted 7/21/21
“TWS chapters ‘visit’ hill for Recovering Act” Posted 7/1/2021
“Recovering America’s Wildlife Act reintroduced to U.S. House” Posted 04/22/2021
“RAWA offers tribes major increase in conservation dollars” Posted 03/10/2021
“Recovering America’s Wildlife Act passes House” Posted 07/08/2020
“T-shirts campaign supports Recovering America’s Wildlife Act” Posted 04/24/2020
“Committee approves Recovering America’s Wildlife Act” Posted 12/11/2019
“Recovering America’s Wildlife Act surpasses 150 co-sponsors” Posted 11/19/2019
“Scientists support Recovering America’s Wildlife Act” Posted 10/22/2019
“Coalition rallies around Recovering America’s Wildlife Act” Posted 8/1/2019
“TWS backs reintroduced Recovering America’s Wildlife Act” Posted 7/12/2019
“TWS thanks House subcommittee for discussing biodiversity loss” Posted 6/5/2019
“115th Congress ends without federal budget, LWCF, RAWA” Posted 1/3/2019
“Texas student chapters engage on RAWA” Posted 12/28/2018
“TWS advises Senate committee considering wildlife funding” Posted 11/20/2018
“Recovering America’s Wildlife Act reaches 100 co-sponsors” Posted 10/1/2018
“Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Introduced in Senate” Posted 7/18/2018
“TWS co-hosts briefing to promote conservation” Posted on 06/28/2018
“America’s declining wildlife requires a proactive solution, report says” Posted on 03/29/2018
“Combined efforts raise support for Recovering America’s Wildlife Act” Posted on 03/23/2018
“TWS submits testimony on two wildlife funding bills” Posted on 02/22/2018
“Recovering America’s Wildlife Act legislation reintroduced” Posted on 12/15/2017
“TWS Conservation Affairs Network reports on leading policy issues” Posted on 10/21/2016
“$1.3 Billion wildlife funding bill introduced in House of Representatives” Posted on 07/11/2016
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