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Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Members Promote 
Recovering America's Wildlife Act
Sportsmen's Conservation Groups Host Capitol Hill Breakfast Briefing

March 15, 2018 (Washington, DC) - Yesterday,  Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC) Members Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI) joined colleagues as well as representatives from the fish and wildlife conservation community including state fish and wildlife agency representatives, and oil and gas industries at a Capitol Hill Breakfast Briefing hosted by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) to discuss an important bill, Recovering America's Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647). The Briefing was sponsored by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

Introduced on December 14, 2017, this bill aims to meet the increasing need for proactive wildlife conservation funding for the full array of our nation's fish and wildlife and the habitats they depend on. H.R. 4647 directs $1.3 billion of existing revenue from royalties on onshore energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters to be used to provide funding for state-based wildlife conservation.

"America's hunters, anglers, recreational shooters, and boaters have been the primary funders of state-based conservation efforts to this day. This legislation simply redirects funding for state-based conservation from other sectors that also use our natural resources," said CSF President Jeff Crane.

"In Michigan, enjoying the outdoors is not only a way of life, it is critical to supporting jobs and the outdoor recreation economy across the state," said Dingell. "At a time when one-third of all wildlife species are at risk of extinction, we all need to work together to proactively protect wildlife and habitat. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act provides states critically-needed resources to proactively conserve at-risk species before they land on the endangered species list, where recovery is ultimately more costly and restrictive We are glad to have support from the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and a broad coalition of organizations nationwide working to pass this important bill and protect wildlife for future generations to enjoy," said Rep. Dingell.

In addition to the Breakfast Briefing this week, leaders from state fish and wildlife agencies, American Fisheries Society, Hess Corporation, National Audubon Society, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Wildlife Federation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Wildlife Habitat Council met with several Members of Congress to discuss the importance of H.R. 4647 to conservation efforts across the country.

"Our nation's fish and wildlife are among its most valuable resources, along with clean air, water, healthy forests and agricultural lands that support all of us. The Recovering America's Wildlife Act would ensure all species - from the Atlantic sturgeon of North Carolina to the Wolverine of Idaho- continue to thrive," stated Virgil Moore, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of Idaho Fish and Game. "We need to advance this important legislation to create a modern funding mechanism to conserve more than one-third of our nation's at-risk fish and wildlife in a manner that is economically viable to both taxpayers and the regulated business community."

"At a time when one-third of America's fish and wildlife species are at risk, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to save thousands of species and ensure that future generations inherit the full diversity of our nation's wildlife," said Collin O'Mara , president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation . "We thank Representatives Fortenberry and Dingell for introducing the historic Recovering America's Wildlife Act. This bill will help recover thousands of wildlife species through proactive, collaborative, on-the-ground efforts. The approach is unique because it calls for early action to save struggling wildlife, rather than waiting until species are on the brink of extinction. When this bill becomes law, we will increase wildlife populations, strengthen America's economy, and reduce the need for regulatory measures."
 
On February 15, the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to discuss H.R. 4647, which now awaits being scheduled for a markup.

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Since 1989, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF) has maintained a singleness of purpose that has guided the organization to become the most respected and trusted sportsmen's organization in the political arena. CSF's mission is to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping. The unique and collective force of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus (CSC), the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus (GSC) and the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses (NASC), working closely with CSF, and with the support of major hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping organizations, serves as an unprecedented network of pro-sportsmen elected officials that advance the interests of America's hunters and anglers.

     
 

 

Working with Congress, governors and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting,
angling, recreational shooting and trapping.

 

For more information on the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation go to congressionalsportsmen.org.

 

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