The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act was reintroduced by U.S. Representative Dingell (D-MI, 12th District) and U.S. Representative Fortenberry (R-NE, 1st District) as H.R. 3742 on July 12, 2019. We need all of our affiliate clubs and partners to show their support for this critical legislation.
A special thank you to the following Michigan U.S. Representatives that are cosponsoring this bill and supporting Representative Dingell in the effort to pass this legislation:
- Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI-6th District)
- Rep. Daniel Kildee (D-MI-5th District)
- Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13th District)
- Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-8th District)
- Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI-1st District)
- Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI-9th District)
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is built upon the premise that the best way to save America’s wildlife is through collaborative, proactive, on-the-ground conservation to prevent species from becoming endangered. This bill is an important and creative initiative to protect ecosystems across our nation through constructive partnerships in states. The bill provides smart upstream policy to avoid triggering the ‘emergency room procedures’ of the Endangered Species Act. By effectively putting preventative measures in place, we can better protect habitat and wildlife from becoming lost or endangered in the first place. This will benefit farmers, hunters, anglers, boaters, birders, hikers and other wildlife enthusiasts, as well as the burgeoning field of eco-tourism.
Roughly $1.3 billion dollars would be shared among all U.S. states with an approved, congressionally mandated Wildlife Action Plan that clearly defines their conservation goals and strategies. The remaining $97.5 million of the proposed funding would be designated for Tribal nations’ conservation efforts. Under this legislation as introduced, Michigan would receive approximately $27 million annually.
Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would help Michigan:
- Prevent the extinction of fish and wildlife currently listed as endangered.
- Create preventative measures that keep species from going endangered.
- Have cleaner air, water and land
- Connect people with nature.
- Implement a strategic approach for priority conservation actions.
At MUCC, we stand for conservation and this legislation will help us continue our efforts to support fish, wildlife and scientific management. We need your organization to indicate support so that we may advocate on your behalf. Please join 1000+ other conservation organizations by signing on to this national letter of support that will be given to the members and staff in the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate. MUCC will also lead an effort to create a similar Michigan-specific letter for the Michigan-based organizations signing on to this national letter.
More information on Recovering America’s Wildlife Act can be found here