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Senate bill introduced to reauthorize multiple conservation programs

Cara J

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The Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act (HELP for Wildlife Act), S.1514, introduced by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) at the end of June, is making its way through the Senate. The bill seeks to reauthorize several programs that contribute to conservation of wildlife. The bill also includes provisions to clarify language in other pieces of legislation to address concerns with baiting migratory birds, gray wolf (Canis lupus) management, and public target ranges. Funding authorizations for several federal conservation programs have expired in recent years. While these programs have continued to receive annual federal appropriations from Congress, reauthorization will help to ensure funding for key conservation efforts continues. The HELP for Wildlife Act  would reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act (NFWF), the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA), and the Chesapeake Bay Program through 2022. The Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act would also be reauthorized through 2023. Separate legislative attempts have been made to reauthorize these programs individually. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced legislation to reauthorize NMBCA (S.1537), — for which The Wildlife Society signed on to a letter of support — the Chesapeake Bay Program (S.1429), as well [...]


Read more: http://wildlife.org/senate-bill-introduced-to-reauthorize-multiple-conservation-programs/

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