WASHINGTON, DC – -(Ammoland.com)- The Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife is pleased to learn the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands will hold a hearing on five bills, including the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647), on Thursday, February 15, at 2:30 PM ET.
The Alliance applauds Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA) for his leadership in bringing H.R. 4647 up for a subcommittee hearing, which will be streamed live on the House Committee on Natural Resources YouTube page.
Scientists estimate that one-third of wildlife species in the United States are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered without much needed funding for their conservation. The solution to this wildlife challenge is passage of the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, introduced by Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI).
The bill will redirect $1.3 billion in existing royalties and fees annually from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters to conserve the full array of fish and wildlife. This solution will not require taxpayers or businesses to pay more, but instead allows all Americans to become investors in fish and wildlife conservation.
“Our nation’s fish and wildlife are among its most valuable resources, along with clean air, water, healthy forests and agricultural lands that support all of us,” stated Virgil Moore, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of Idaho Fish and Game. “Today we find ourselves at a critical crossroads and face a challenge that could alter our children’s and grandchildren’s opportunities to enjoy these resources. By investing in our State Wildlife Action Plans, which serve as a blueprint for restoring and managing the most sensitive imperiled species within our state’s borders, we will be ensuring future generations can enjoy our rich wildlife heritage.”
A lot is at stake if we do not act soon. In advance of the Subcommittee hearing, Alliance members sent a letter to Members of Congress urging swift passage of H.R. 4647.
“The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act incorporates many of the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources,” said Bruce Culpepper, U.S. Country Chair & President, Shell Oil Company. “The legislation reflects the input of a diverse coalition of conservationists to dedicate $1.3 billion annually in existing revenue to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program.”
Every American benefits when we have healthy and accessible fish and wildlife. We need to start down a new path where we invest proactively in conservation rather than reactively.
About the Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife
The Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife formed in 2017 to secure funding for much needed conservation of our most precious natural resources, our fish and wildlife. The Alliance was built upon the strong partnership created by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources.
The Alliance consists of members representing millions of individuals in the outdoor recreation retail and manufacturing sector, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups and state and federal fish and wildlife agencies. Our goal is to partner with responsible Americans to conserve our natural resources for future generations. Learn more at OurNatureUSA.com.