Biggest wildlife conservation bill in half a century passes US House – Conservation Northwest
Northwest Conservation / June 15, 2022 / Legislation, press releases, wildlife restoration
Washington would receive $20.7 million to help endangered wildlife
Seattle, Wash. – The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, a bill aimed at preventing wildlife extinctions by funding locally-led conservation efforts. If it becomes law, Washington will receive about $20.7 million to help 268 species of concern, including Pacific fisher, sharp-tailed grouse and dwarf rabbit.
“This is the most important wildlife legislation of the past 50 years,” said Mitch Friedman, Executive Director of Conservation Northwest. “Wildlife in Washington faces many challenges, and this bold, bipartisan bill will help address the issues proactively and on the ground without new taxes or regulations.”
Funding from the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will be used to implement congressionally mandated state wildlife action plans, which identify more than 12,000 wildlife and plant species that need conservation assistance across the country.
“The bipartisan passage of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act affirms that there is consensus across the political spectrum that we can, and must, prevent extinctions from our backyards to the backcountry. “, said Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Inaction is the ally of extinction, and the time to act is now.”
The bill will also allocate $97.5 million annually to fund proactive wildlife conservation efforts by Native American tribes. The nation’s 574 federally recognized tribes manage tens of millions of acres of land nationwide with limited federal funding for conservation efforts.
The package is now heading to the US Senate where, earlier this year, the House Environment and Public Works Committee also passed its version of the bill. The bill enjoys strong bipartisan support in the Senate, with 35 co-sponsors. The Senate bill would be funded by federal environmental penalties.
Media Contact: Andrea Wolf-Buck, Communications Director of Conservation Northwest, [email protected], 206-970-1430
“Keeping the Northwest Wild” since 1989, Conservation Northwest is a regional non-profit organization that protects, connects and restores wild lands and wildlife from the Washington Coast to the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Staff operate in local communities and rural areas around Washington and in southern British Columbia
The National Wildlife Federation is the largest conservation organization in the United States uniting all Americans to ensure the prosperity of wildlife in a rapidly changing world.
Learn about the historic Recovering America’s Wildlife Act