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Recovering America's Wildlife Act

The Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act legislation (H.R. 4647) The proposed Recovering American's Wildlife Act legislation is based on recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel for Conserving America’s Wildlife.

The federal Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would dedicate up to $29.7 million annually in existing revenue from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands to fully implement Montana’s State Wildlife Action plan, increase opportunities for wildlife associated recreation and advance wildlife conservation education programs. Passage of this bill would benefit all Montanans and provide opportunities for future generations to see amazing wildlife, live surrounded by healthy wildlife habitat and enjoy the outdoors.

As proposed the bill would dedicate up to $1.3 billion annually in existing revenue from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program. These funds would provide state fish and wildlife agencies with the resources needed to fully implement State Wildlife Action Plans, which are designed to conserve over 12,000 species of greatest conservation need.

Under the current proposal, Montana’s portion of the funding would amount to $29.7 million annually, with a required non-federal match of 25% ($9.9 million annually). Funds could be used for fish and wildlife conservation, wildlife conservation education programs, and wildlife associated recreation projects. Working with landowners, partner agencies and non-government organizations would be critical to identify high priority, cooperative projects and to explore sources of non-federal match. Passage of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act would not impact Montana’s current allocation of Pittman-Robertson or Dingell Johnson funds.