Our Mission: Creating a Unified Voice in Support of Wildlife Conservation in Texas.
Feb 8

Join Us On Our New Site!

We've moved! To keep up with us and check out what's going on with federal legislation to fund wildlife conservation, please join us on our new site www.TXWildlifeAlliance.org.

We can't wait to see you there!

Jul 21

Alliance For America's Fish & Wildlife

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) has recently rolled out the new campaign in support of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act.

The Alliance for America's Fish & Wildlife (AAFW) seeks to create a new funding model that will allow for the conservation of the "full array of fish and wildlife and their associated habitats." In particular, their goal is to provide funding for states to implement their respective conservation action plans (like Texas' TCAP) in order to conserve the 12,000+ species across the country that were determined to be Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCNs).

We will be keeping you updated as the campaign and legislation progress. If you would like more info on the Alliance, you can visit their website at www.ournatureusa.com

Nov 16

Learn More About the Recovering America's Wildlife Act

Hi all,

As you know, legislation was introduced to Congress this summer that could change the face of wildlife conservation as we know it. The True To Texas coalition has a team of people across the state giving presentations on the Recovering America's Wildlife Act and what it might mean for the state of conservation in Texas. If you're a part of an organization, group, or business that would be interested in hearing more about this potentially game-changing legislation, please reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We'd love to schedule a presentation for your group.

Jul 8

Recovering America's Wildlife

For too long, the bill for wildlife conservation has largely rested on the shoulders of the country’s hunters and anglers despite the fact that many sectors of society benefit from the protection of our natural heritage. Though these individuals may have the most direct interaction with wildlife, the funding provided by bills such as Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson falls short of the existing need for funding conservation of both game and non-game species. Fortunately, this week a potential solution was introduced.

Late on Thursday, Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation that stands to be the biggest funding boon for wildlife since Pittman-Robertson.  Recovering America’s Wildlife Act calls for $1.3 billion in existing revenue from energy development on federal lands and waters to be dedicated to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program. This funding would then be distributed to the states and used to enact state level conservation action plans like Texas’ TCAP.

This bill follows the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources. The Panel, which was comprised of national business and conservation leaders, reviewed a variety of alternative funding methods before settling on utilizing the existing revenue from the development of energy and mineral resources. They reached this decision in part because it was a sustainable revenue source that would meet the national need, and also because it would ensure future generations would benefit from the extraction of nonrenewable resources. The business of producing energy (oil, natural gas, wind, water, etc.) relies on healthy ecosystems, so it is in the best interest of both energy companies and the public for those ecosystems to be maintained.

Though this is a national bill, the potential effects for Texas are astronomical. This is truly an exciting time for the wildlife profession and everyone concerned with protecting Texas’ natural heritage. We’ll be providing updates on legislation as things progress, so be sure to continue to monitor the blog and our social media channels.

 

 

If your organization would like more info on this legislation and what it could mean for Texas or your organization, please reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’d love to talk to you.

May 24

Honoring Our National Mammal

On May 9, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law making the bison our National Mammal, a designation that has been a long time goal of coalition member, the Texas Bison Association (TBA) as well as their many supporters.  It was refreshing to see, in this day and age, bipartisan congressional support for the bill.  Of course, the bison is the perfect choice for such an illustrious title as National Mammal.

Has any other mammal had the impact on this country’s cultural and natural history as the bison?  From sustaining our indigenous peoples for untold generations to being a vital economic driver, the bison formed the foundation for much of the nation’s early history.  As a keystone species, the historic herds of millions of bison roaming the prairies and plains of the country worked to actually create those habitats.  Bison grazing stimulated plant growth.  Bison hooves by the millions trampled invading brush and scored the soil surface increasing water infiltration.  And of course, tons of bison manure helped to build the famously fertile prairie soils which today provide so much of our food.

It is only fitting that our National Mammal be a species that has benefited from the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.  The bison was one of the country’s first conservation success stories as ranchers, hunters, conservationists, and bison enthusiasts of all kinds worked individually and collectively to save the species from impending extinction in the late 1800s/early 1900s.  Granted, habitat fragmentation prevents bison from freely roaming the nation’s grasslands leading to the species’ current status as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need here in Texas but thanks to the concerted efforts of groups like the TBA in Texas and around the country, the species will survive and the U.S. will always be home to an icon.

Rob Denkhaus

 

NOTE: As I wrote this another Coalition member, the Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, announced the birth of the first bison calf of the year for their herd.  Visit www.fwnaturecenter.org for more information on this public bison herd.

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