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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.


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