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

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Valerie Nixon

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.


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… Read more »


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.


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!


Does this include the consumer/hunting taxes?

Mike the Limey

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.


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.


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