Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Moves to House Natural Resources Subcommittee VIDEO

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WASHINGTON, DC –  -( 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.

Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife

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

  • 8 thoughts on “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Moves to House Natural Resources Subcommittee VIDEO

    1. I think you mean wolves were imported from Manitoba, not Michigan. Michigan only had a few at the time and they are considerably smaller. There are several subspecies of wolves, some larger, some smaller, but really too many for just a “lesser” and “greater” division.

    2. WHERE in the Constitution is minding wildlife a FEDERAL concern? And WHERE in that same document is any authority for FedGov to own/control land outside of the few specific named lands for specrfic purposes, and acquired through clearly detailed proceedures?

      Let each state deal with issues within thair own boundaries, remembering that states CAN cooperate if they choose to do so.

      Consider some of the recent actions of FedGov relating to wildlife and public lands:

      WA, ID, MT, WY, lesser grey wolf declared “endangered”, to “cure” the situation Feds captured and imported signficant numbers of GREATER grey wolves from upstate Michigan. Target population, 6000. The Greater is larger, more aggressive, faster, higher metabolism, reproduces much faster than the lesser. Some years on, Greater is causing serious issues with wildlife, and domestic livestock. Actual population was at least 30,000, sfive times projected. Ranchers and others have suffered heavy losses, some nearly run out of operation. Those who attempted to deal with the problem of the Greaters effecitvely were enjoined by FedGov to leave them alone.Court hearings sided with Feds. Ranchers adopted the 4S method,

      Feds killed hundreds of desert box turtles (Clark Co NV) they had put in protective captivity. Meanwhile they use this “disappearing” species as an excuse to kill livestock on state owned lands, seizing others, in a failed attempt to run one of the last ranchers out of the area. Turns out the land was wanted by some government hooh hahs for their personal gain.

      Herney COunty OR BLM agents divert stream to flood thousands of acres of private ranch land in a succesful attempt to drive ranchers out. Once gone, the water was rediverted, land dried, and seized as Fed land.

      Also Harney County OR, BLM had decided to eliminate another ranching family, used fire to try and drive them out. Ranchers set backburn to protect their own private lands and home, were falsely charged with “arson” (by definition MUST involve burning of a structure, which did not happen) Fed fire DID burn to the ground a neighbouring rancher’s home and outbuildings, on privately owned land. They gave up and left.

      Central Valley of CA, judge ordered freshwater pumps turned off to “preserve” a two inch Delta Smelt, supposedly “endangered”. 30,000 productive farms in the Central Valley now had no water, and thus were shut down. I’ve seen hug groves of almond and orange trees pushed over to rot. No longer do I see tens of tousands of acres green and growing. Food costs have risen because of this.

      Tomales Bay CA, family operated shellfish farm, 100 years there, no harm done, is closed because the tidelands have been declared a “monumant”, to “protect wildlife”. Famly have spent millions caring for and improving the water and land quality. Family business killed, shelfish prices up. Thakls, Feds.

      Channel Island Marine Preserve, southern Calif offshore, “to protect wildlife” has effetively closed vast areas formerly open to boaters and others. No defined harm has been done by this activity, yet folks cannot lawfully go there any more. Thanks, Feds.

      Landowners in east central Calif have been denied “permission” to build on or use their private lands because of a stupid rat, the kangaroo rat, supposetly “endangered” and thus higher up on the food chain than humans. Thaks, Feds

      Just a few that come ready to mind.

      The management of FEd forest lands has been an abomination for decades. Their MISmanagement has led directly and proximally to the large increase in huge wildfires across the West. How many individual specimens of various forms of wildlife, supposedly the “job” of Feds to “protect” have been burned to death in these unnecessarily destructive wildfires?

      No, thanks all the same. Keep FedGov OUT of any more land or aniumal management. Their track record is abysmal. Let the individual states or more local governments, accountable to the people who LIVE there, take care of THEIR own lands.

      1. Blah, blah, blah. You gotta’ be a farmer or rancher that cares only about satisfying his greed and love of destroying the evolutionary flora and fauna. I have been around a long time and I will take Fed interference over state agriculturist and their lobby control, anytime. You do make some good points – bring back clear-cut logging, clear the over growth so light can get to the forest floor, use prescribed burns to create more foliage for the ungulates, eliminate insecticides, get rid on 5 cut alfalfa…and on and on.

      2. What if the money were distributed to the States to use for conservation as they see fit, would that change your view? Wait, that’s exactly the way this is set up. Good grief, you haven’t even taken the time to learn about this Act before bloviating your narrow perspective in the negative. Wake up and realize folks, this kind of provincialism is not going to provide our kid and grandkids the kind of outdoor experience we have had. It’s time to put up or shut up, support this bill, call your Congressional reps!

      1. State funding is Pittman–Robertson Act revenue with 25% added by each individual state.
        The former was around $340 million in 2015.
        Unfortunately, I think funds from hunting licenses aren’t as well protected, so some of that revenue is used for purposes that have marginal, if any, value for hunters.

    3. These measures should include funding to address the invasion of exotic species, both plants and animals, and should address the exploding population of “wild” horse and burros.

      1. The funding includes efforts to understand and control invasive species impacts to native habitats and species.

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