Decision Memo

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

Nearly one million wildlife species are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss, climate change, invasive species and other threats. In order to preserve wildlife and confront the crisis the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act must be passed.

Introduced by Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska)  in July of 2019, The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will provide funding to states, territories and tribes within the United States to restore and maintain habitats by implementing conservation strategies. Recommended by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Blue Ribbon Panel the bill identifies funding and plans. This would be an amendment to the Moving Forward Act which authorizes funds for federal highways, highway safety programs, transit programs and other purposes. The act would enhance the nations conservation efforts ensuring long-term heal for wildlife generations across the country. This act allows for the protection of wildlife while continuing to forge the path for community infrastructure and growing human needs.

Key details

  • $1.4 billion dollars annual will be provided to support wildlife recovery
  • 12,000 species have been identified for conservation focus
  • One-third of America’s wildlife is at risk. An additional 500 species have gone unsighted for decades.
  • Creation of education and recreation projects
  • Provide regulation by preventing species from reaching populations which would qualify them to be listed under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Allot 10% of annual funds toward grant programs aimed at developing cooperation across states and territories.
  • $97.5 million in dedicated funding for tribes to utilize on species recovery.

Currently wildlife agencies pull funding from the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program which is vulnerable to congressional appropriations yearly. Its limited funding of only $60 million does not provide agencies with sufficient resources to make and implement long-term conservation plans. The bill does lack safeguards to ensure new federal funding can be provided yearly to meet its goals and objectives. Without the financial backing to properly support long-term wildlife conservation endangered species are expected to grow by the thousands.

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