In partnership with a coalition of organizations, businesses and fish and wildlife management agencies that make up the Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is working to advance legislation that would dedicate nearly $1.4 billion annually to help state and tribal fish and wildlife management agencies proactively manage at-risk species and prevent them from being added to the federal list of threatened and endangered species.
Introduced by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Blunt (R-MO), Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the bipartisan product of decades of hard work by devoted sportsmen and women, conservationists and business leaders who share an interest in securing funds needed for state fish and wildlife agencies and tribes to reverse population declines for at-risk species.
State fish and wildlife agencies have demonstrated the ability to successfully restore habitat for multiple game species, including Tule elk in California, harlequin ducks in Montana, Northern pintails in Kansas and many others. While not all at-risk species are game species, they do share the same habitat with critical game animals like mallards, mule deer, pronghorn and wild trout. Improving habitat for one species benefits all of them including wild game.
At-Risk Species, State-by-State
Additionally, this investment will reduce billions of taxpayer dollars protecting species listed under the Endangered Species Act, and it will enhance multiple use opportunities that would otherwise be cut off by ESA restrictions.
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BHA is working hard to advance this legislation, and we are committed to making sure BHA members are up to date on the status of the bill. If you are not already a BHA member, you’re missing out – join BHA today!