The US Senate “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act” – NH Fish and Game Department
Michael Marchand: (603) 271-3016
Nicola Whitley: (603) 271-3211
JJuly 21, 2021
Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife brings together leaders from outdoor recreation, tribes, businesses, athletes, conservation and more to secure funding to address the wildlife crisis
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wants you to know about that Restoration of the American Wildlife Act (RAWA), a bipartisan bill recently tabled in the House of Representatives and in the Senate yesterday, considered the most important conservation bill in a generation.
An unprecedented alliance of business, academic, tribal and conservation leaders have come together to find a solution to one of America’s greatest threats – the decline of our fish and wildlife and their natural habitats. Scientists estimate that a third of the wildlife in the United States is threatened or endangered without the much-needed funding to protect them.
The non-partisan Restoration of the American Wildlife Act (RAWA) will provide $ 1.3 billion annually to government fish and wildlife agencies to implement their science-based wildlife action plans and an additional $ 97.5 million to tribal fish and wildlife managers to conserve fish and wildlife in tribal areas and waters. The aim is to provide dedicated funding so that state and indigenous wildlife managers can proactively obtain the most conservation-needed fish and wildlife before the federal list is warranted under the Endangered Species Act.
The Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife grew out of the strong partnership and recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources, composed of members representing: the outdoor recreational, retail and manufacturing sectors; the energy and automotive industries; private landowners; Educational institutions; Athletes and other conservation groups; and state, tribal, and federal fish and wildlife agencies.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that our diverse fish and wildlife resources are managed for future generations,” said Michael Marchand, supervisor of the NH Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program. “Preserving diverse and healthy wildlife populations and their habitats through science-based management and educating the public about these resources are a large part of the fish and game mandate, and this funding would go a long way toward fulfilling that mission. This bill would provide vital funding for the New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan, which sets priorities for the restoration and management of our wildlife, including threatened and endangered species, ”Marchand said.
The New Hampshire Wildlife Action Plan identifies over 900 key measures for wildlife and wildlife habitats in New Hampshire, only a portion of which have adequate resources to implement. For example, openings under roads that are too small can block the passage of aquatic animals such as fish, reptiles and freshwater clams, but they can also lead to flooding and damage to human infrastructure. Working with other state and federal agencies, local governments, and nonprofits, we can reduce the impact of this threat.
Of the over 500 vertebrate species and thousands of invertebrates that call New Hampshire home, 169 have been identified as most in need of conservation in the Wildlife Action Plan, and 51 are listed as threatened or endangered in New Hampshire. Many of these species require additional critical research and targeted conservation efforts. Ongoing efforts with New England cottontails and blanding turtles could serve as a model for other conservation efforts.
“This funding would enable further wildlife success stories,” Marchand said. “Our fish and wildlife are some of our state’s most valuable resources, and proactive protection is good for wildlife, good for taxpayers, good for business, and good for our communities. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would provide the necessary resources for proactive conservation across the country. “
The Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson laws originally provided critical funding for fish and wildlife on the verge of extinction, but they are not a sustainable funding model for the protection of all wildlife. Now is the opportunity to pass laws to protect our great natural heritage.
Visit www.OurNatureUSA.com to learn more about the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act so that future generations can enjoy the same abundant fishing, wildlife, and outdoor recreational opportunities that exist today.
Follow the Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife:
- Facebook – Our nature. Our nation. Our future.
- Instagram – @OurNatureUSA
- YouTube – Our nature USA
- Twitter – @OurNatureUSA
- Tumblr – @OurNatureUSA