Male sharp-tailed grouse dance in the spring of 2014 on Namekagon Barrens in northwestern Wisconsin.

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would bring in $1.4 billion a year

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act moved closer to passage last week when it was approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The legislation, described by supporters as potentially “game changing” for fish and wildlife in America, can now be passed by the full House and Senate.

The supplemental version of the bill came out of the House Natural Resources Committee in January.

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would allocate $1.3 billion a year to state fish and wildlife agencies to implement their science-based wildlife action plans and an additional $97.5 million for managers tribal fish and wildlife.

The legislation is designed to provide essential funding and proactive conservation efforts to prevent non-game species from becoming threatened or endangered. At least 15% of its funding would also be used on species already at risk.

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