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Recovering America's Wildlife Act

Our Nature. Our Nation. Our Future.Ames Hawk Mountain

Recovering America's Wildlife Act will provide dedicated funding for at-risk fish and wildlife conservation.

An estimated one-third of the nation's fish and wildlife are at increased risk of extinction (National Wildlife Federation et al. 2018). The Recovering America's Wildlife Act (HR2773 and S2372) will rank among the most meaningful fish and wildlife conservation initiatives to address this loss of America's natural heritage, that includes 664 Pennsylvania Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

Recovering America's Wildlife Act Legislation:

  • Is bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) on Earth Day (April 22, 2021); U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (NM) and Roy Blunt (MO) introduced a companion bill on July 15, 2021. 
  • Passed the U.S. House on June 14, 2022 and U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on August 2, 2022, each with bipartisan votes.
  • Will dedicate $1.3 billion annually to state fish and wildlife agencies, and $97.5 million to tribal fish and wildlife managers, to implement congressionally mandated, science-based State Wildlife Action Plans that outline specific conservation actions necessary to recover and sustain healthy fish and wildlife populations;
  • Incentivizes plant conservation.
  • Is a modern funding solution to address increasing declines of the nation's fish and wildlife and their natural habitats.

Recovering America's Wildlife Act is a proactive approach grounded in the philosophy that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." By taking measures to restore species before they are on the brink of extinction, more-costly emergency actions can be avoided. More importantly, healthy fish and wildlife populations can be safeguarded.


.From the Alliance for America's Fish & Wildlife website, send a prepared note to your U.S. Representative and Senators, asking them to support HR2773 and S2372. Alternatively, find your representative or senator and send a personal note, or give them a call, asking them to support the Recovering America's Wildlife Act.

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State Agency Support  

"Recovering America's Wildlife Act is a common-sense approach to solving a worsening problem by extending more help to fish and wildlife species in greatest need of conservation, providing them a chance to stem losses before sinking to critical levels where emergency support is necessary. It's landmark legislation that, if passed, will yield countless benefits to wildlife everywhere and every Pennsylvanian who enjoys the outdoors."
-Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans

"The state fish and wildlife agencies across the nation greatly appreciate the bipartisan recognition by Congress that our nation's fish and wildlife are in peril and need help and attention. While additional funding will be directed towards fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need, the conservation efforts that will be applied by the states will benefit all species and enhance fish and wildlife populations and communities for the benefit of all people who enjoy angling, hunting and wildlife-associated recreation. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act legislation not only provides the states the requisite funding to continue the job of fish and wildlife management and conservation, but also provides the necessary security to ensure that our children and grandchildren can enjoy all of the species that rely on clean water and healthy habitats."
-Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Tim Schaeffer

Pennsylvania Benefits

Pennsylvania currently receives about $1.5 million annually in federal State Wildlife Grant funds to manage the state's 664 fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need and their associated habitats, to implement goals in the Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan.

Through the Recovering America's Wildlife Act, Pennsylvania would annually receive an estimated $20 million in federal funding dedicated to address conservation actions more fully for these species.

Conservation Partners

The Game Commission and Fish & Boat Commission are working closely with state and national conservation partners to bring the Recovering America's Wildlife Act to a vote in Washington, D.C. The need for long-term dedicated funding is obvious, and the agencies urge all Pennsylvanian's to contact their Member of Congress regarding the importance of Recovering America's Wildlife Act to the future of Pennsylvania's treasured fish and wildlife resources. 
Find your representative or senator and send a personal note, or give them a call, asking them to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.

The Recovering America's Wildlife Act was championed by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources, a think-tank of 26 energy, business and conservation leaders assembled in 2014 by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which serves North America's state and provincial wildlife management agencies. More than 350 diverse conservation partners have signed on to a support letter urging bill introduction in the 117th Congress. 185 bipartisan U.S. House members supported the bill in the 116th Congress, including 14 from Pennsylvania.

At-risk fish and wildlife need YOUR help to bring it over the finish line!

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