Recovering America’s Wildlife Act
 By John Goss

Indiana to get $20M from the Recovering Americas Wildlife Act!

Scientists estimate that one third of all U.S. wildlife species are in trouble or vulnerable due to habitat loss, invasive species, and severe weather taking a toll on birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and bees.

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is a bold vision, with no tax increase, that will re-direct $1.3 billion of existing revenues from energy development on federal lands to allow Indiana and all states to more fully implement state wildlife action plans. Indiana has a State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) that is a blueprint for conservation of non-game species by assessing the health of wildlife and habitat and identifying the species of greatest conservation need.

Indiana has a proven track record of success for restoring Hoosier species such as the bald eagle, osprey, otters, falcons and others in the non-game categories in addition to white tail deer and turkeys and numerous fish species for hunting and angling.

Indiana would be required to provide a $6 Million match to fully access the $20 million estimated as Indiana’s share of the new dedicated funding source that would continue indefinitely as part of the Pitman-Robertson Act that has funded state fish and wildlife programs since 1937. There are currently more than 100 co-sponsors of H.R. 4647 in the House including Rep. Andre Carson. Please contact your members of the U.S. House and Senate and urge them to join as co-sponsors for the future of Indiana’s Wildlife.

Learn more about vulnerable or imperiled wildlife and habitat on the National Wildlife Federation website.