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Combined efforts raise support for Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

Cara J

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Leaders from corporations, state wildlife agencies and NGOs traveled to Washington D.C. earlier this month to urge their congressional delegations to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647). The Association for Fish and Wildlife Agencies organized the two-day fly-in March 13-14. Caroline Murphy, government relations program coordinator at The Wildlife Society, participated in the event. TWS members and staff participated in the D.C. fly-in. From left to right: Paul Johansen, chief, Wildlife Resources Section, WV DNR; Caroline Murphy, TWS government relations program coordinator; Scott Warner, chief assistant, Wildlife Resources Section, WV DNR. “We had a lot of good reception from several member offices.” Murphy said, “There was a lot of excitement about this bill, its potential, and its goal of supporting science-based wildlife conservation.” The bill would redirect $1.3 billion in existing funds from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters towards state wildlife management efforts. The money would support species that states have identified as species of greatest conservation need to help prevent them from becoming federally threatened or endangered in the future, including 21 Democrats and 13 Republicians. Since it was introduced by Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, and Jeff Fortenberry, R-Nebraska, last December, its co-sponsor [...]


Read more: http://wildlife.org/combined-efforts-raise-support-for-recovering-americas-wildlife-act/

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