Date: 2/9/18 5:43 pm
From: Denis DeSilvis <avnacrs4birds...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Recovering America's Wildlife Act Bill - update

Last month, I sent you some info regarding H.R. 4647, Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA) bill. At yesterday's (2/8) meeting of the Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Olympia, the Commission members and those of us from the public were given an update from the Federal Coordinator in the WDFW Director's office. Here's some of that information. (Note: I have the complete presentation that I'll share with those who ask me. It's a PowerPoint presentation of under 700MB.)

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) has spearheaded the campaign to support legislation: H.R. 4647 - Recovering America's Wildlife Act Bill - introduced by Congressman Fortenberry and Congresswoman Dingell in 2017. It's currently been referred to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans.

Under the funding formula, Washington would receive $26,469,411, and would be obligated to match $8,823,137 in state funds. Funding would function the same way as State Wildlife Grants. Funding would support the State Wildlife Action Plan work -- this is non-game funding! Funding is administered through the US Fish and Wildlife Service via the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Subaccount of the Pittman-Robertson Act.

The Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife has a website dedicated to the RAWA:

In addition, as this legislation progresses (I hope), the WDFW and the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will be providing more information as to how you may help.

Please, if you have time, check out the above website and contact your Congressional Representative.

Thanks, and may all your birds be identified,

Denis DeSilvis


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