The following concerns HR 4647 - which will help to recover Washington's wildlife, if passed. My next message (as this is a bit long for the listserv, will elaborate a bit more as to why this act is so important to Washington state.
May all your birds be identified,
From: Naomi Edelson [mailto:<edelsonn...>]
Subject: We need your help with Recovering America's Wildlife Act
It is a great gift during this holiday season to us in the conservation community and to the wildlife we cherish. We are asking for you to join us in supporting Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.
Wildlife such as Monarch butterflies, salamanders, songbirds and many others are in steep decline all across the country. State fish and wildlife agencies have identified 12,000 species in greatest need for conservation action based on their State Wildlife Action Plans. Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will transform wildlife conservation in our nation by infusing all 50 states with much needed funding focused on proactive efforts to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered. The bill is based on the recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources which called on Congress to dedicate up to $1.3 billion annually in existing revenue from energy development on federal lands and waters to the existing but unfunded federal Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program.
Some of you will be familiar with past efforts under the Teaming with Wildlife banner that included mechanisms such as user fees on outdoor gear and then offshore oil and gas revenues as part of the larger C.A.R.A. conservation package. This ultimately lead to the creation of the federally funded State and Tribal Wildlife grants program in 2000 which has resulted in more than a billion dollars invested into at-risk wildlife -- in each of the 50 states, U.S. Territories, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and District of Columbia. While this was a tremendous accomplishment and has led to many conservation successes, the magnitude of the solution must match the magnitude of the challenge; Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is the solution we need to address America’s wildlife crisis.
We hope you will join us is tackling one of our nation’s most significant wildlife problems.
Thanks and please contact me with any questions or ideas.
Senior Director, Wildlife Partnerships, National Wildlife Federation
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