Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would bring $19 million per year to Louisiana

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would bring $19 million per year to Louisiana
Source: Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries

The following information is from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:

The Recovering America's Wildlife Act, recently introduced to Congress, would bring $19 million per year to Louisiana to conserve more than 700 nongame fish and wildlife species and their habitats.

U.S. Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced House Bill 4647 (HR 4647), or the Recovering America's Wildlife Act , on Dec. 14.  The legislation proposes to provide state fish and wildlife agencies with $1.3 billion annually to implement State Wildlife Action Plans. The source of funding is royalties and revenues collected from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters.

"This legislation would bolster our Wildlife Action Plan which seeks to conserve our wildlife and its habitat,'' LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. "Going from $600,000 to $19 million annually would give us the capacity to fully implement that plan for nongame and threatened species and habitat in our state.''

It currently costs the American public hundreds of millions of dollars each year to restore threatened and endangered species, costs that could be avoided or greatly reduced if proactive conservation measures were implemented. Proactive conservation is good for wildlife, good for taxpayers, good for business and good for our communities. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act, supported by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, would provide the needed resources for proactive conservation nationwide.

"In the Wildlife Action Plan we have species and specific conservation strategies,'' said Amity Bass, LDWF Assistant Chief for Coastal and Nongame Resources Division. "We can also use it for land acquisition. That will help us on so many conservation fronts.''

These critical efforts are supported by the Alliance for America's Fish & Wildlife , whose purpose is to create a 21st-century funding model for critically needed conservation of our nation's most precious natural resources, our fish and wildlife. This effort was built upon the strong partnership created by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources, consisting of members representing the outdoor recreation, retail and manufacturing sectors, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen's groups, and state and federal fish and wildlife agencies.

For more information, go to OurNatureUSA.com . For more information on Louisiana's State Wildlife Action Plan, go to http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/wildlife-action-plan or contact Sam Holcomb at sholcomb@wlf.la.gov .

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The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America's fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration to advance favorable fish and wildlife conservation policy and funding and works to ensure that all entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations. Working together, the Association's member agencies are ensuring that North American fish and wildlife management has a clear and collective voice.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.