On July 12th, sixty-two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Rep. Dingell (D-Michigan) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska), introduced the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, H.R. 3742.  The bill finds that: “An assessment of the best-known groups of United States wildlife and plants indicates that one-third of America’s species are vulnerable to extinction and one-fifth imperiled and at high-risk of extinction.”

The bill will provide $1.3 billion annually to the states for wildlife protection and recovery, focused on the species of greatest conservation need.  These are fish and wildlife species listed as endangered, threatened or of special concern.  Indiana would receive approximately $20 million a year under the bill’s distribution formula.  To receive these funds, Indiana would have to come up with a matching amount of nearly $7 million a year.  The funds would allow the Indiana DNR to more effectively implement the State Wildlife Action Plan.

If passed, H.R. 3742 would provide a major boost for American wildlife conservation.

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Take action: 

Contact your member of the House of Representatives and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 3742.

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Read the bill.

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