Recovering America’s Wildlife Act
Contact SD Senators & Representives about Recovering America’s Wildlife Act with Recovering America’s wildlife Act would appropriate almost 1.4 billion per year to states and tribes on “at risk wildlife and plants” (with 97.5 million for tribes to spend). This bill has been reintroduced in the Senate in 2023 for the 118th Congress, as it did not make it out of the federal senate last year (117th Congress). Senator Thom Tillis, R of N.C., is sponsoring the legislation in 2023 with Senator Martin Heinrich D of N.M — S 1149, link to bill page: .https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/senate-bill/1149?s=1&r=401149
This is a very important bill for “at risk” wildlife and plants in America. Please contact our senators & representatives about it.
Senate and house bill versions both passed out of committee in 2022 and the house version of RAWA passed on June 14th, 2022 in a 231-190 – https://www.worldwildlife.org/press-releases/wwf-statement-on-the-recovering-america-s-wildlife-act. Dusty Johnson voted against it. His phone: 202-225-2801.
As of late May 2022 – our Senators had not committed to support or oppose, just express concerns about funding sources. Rounds – he wanted a sunset clause. Senators:Thune (202) 224-2321, Rounds (202) 224-5842
Here is a National Wildlife Federation 2022 Alert on this matter: https://affiliates.nwf.org/resources/recovering-toolkit/
Here is the National Audubon Society (NAS) 2022 Alert on the matter: https://www.audubon.org/news/audubon-supports-us-house-bill-fund-wildlife-recovery
NAS’s on-line summary of federal appropriations for wildlife as of December 2022 – https://act.audubon.org/a/rawa
The need for this bill was discussed at our 2022 Endangered Species Day Celebration by Eileen Dowd Stukel of SDGFP: https://vimeo.com/712389823 Her discussion starts at about 6:15 and runs for 55 minutes.
SDGFP Budget Information
Link to SD GFP Wildlife Action Plan (See appendix C for profiles of Species of Greatest Conservation Need):
Link to SDGFP list of Threatened and Endangered Species