Recovering the US Wildlife Act will prevent extinctions in New Jersey and provide a bold, bipartisan approach to conservation

National Wildlife Federation chief to speak at Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, will speak at the Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference on April 4 at 9:55 a.m. ET about the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act Act.

In New Jersey, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will prevent the extinction of iconic New Jersey species – such as red knot, piping plover, brook trout, bog turtle, bald eagle, crab Atlantic Horseshoe – investing $15.5 million each year in the Garden State’s Wildlife Action Plan. The bill currently has 32 co-sponsors in the Senate, half of whom are Republicans.

What people are saying about Recovering America’s Wildlife Act:

“More than a third of America’s species currently face an increased risk of extinction. The bold, bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will help the species we love from the backcountry to our backyards. If it is Passed, it will be the most significant wildlife conservation legislation since the Endangered Species Act.—Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

“The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will help fund wildlife conservation efforts in New Jersey and across the country. New Jersey has done an incredible job restoring and reclaiming habitats across the state, but we need additional federal resources to build on this progress. I’m glad the Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference is coming to Long Branch this year, and I’m grateful for the work that attendees do every day. I will continue to work with them to provide the resources we need to protect our fish and wildlife. – U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

“I am proud to support legislation that will preserve our fish and wildlife in New Jersey and across the country. It is imperative that Congress pass this bill to ensure that our nation’s wildlife is protected and conserved for years to come. – US Congressman Jefferson Van Drew of NJ’s 2nd District

“There are over 650 species in need right here in New Jersey. This bill will allow the state to take swift and collaborative action to help these species now – before they hit the brink. Tackling the wildlife crisis in the United States with fast, local action is good for wildlife, good for taxpayers, and good for business. People spend nearly $19 billion each year to enjoy New Jersey’s outdoors, supporting more than 140,000 jobs. —Eric Stiles, President and CEO of New Jersey Audubon

“Wildlife conservation has been a fundamental legacy of DEP Fish and Wildlife throughout its 130-year history and we look forward to continuing this commitment into the future. The diversity of wildlife and their habitats in New Jersey reminds us that their protection and conservation are prime indicators of a healthy environment, as well as a promise for the next generation of nature’s beautiful creatures. —Shawn M. LaTourette, NJ DEP Commissioner

“We are thrilled with the incredible opportunity that RAWA presents for wildlife conservation in New Jersey and across the country. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Fish and Wildlife Program is ready to help. build on its great history of species management and recovery by using this potential new source of funding to strategically expand our work on species most needed for conservation.—Dave Golden, Assistant Commissioner, NJ Fish and Wildlife

“There should never be a question of whether significant investments need to be made to recover our endangered wildlife and plant species. Bills like the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act are essential to preserving our planet’s biodiversity. —Marcus Sibley, director of conservation partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation in upstate New York

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act:

  • Invests $1.4 billion in dedicated annual funding for proactive and collaborative efforts to recover wildlife species at risk
  • Focuses efforts on the 12,000 species of wildlife and plants requiring conservation assistance in federally approved Wildlife Action Plans
  • Dedicates $97.5 million annually to the proactive wildlife conservation efforts of Tribal Nations on the tens of millions of acres of land that Tribes own or manage.
  • Dedicate at least 15% of resources to the recovery of threatened and endangered species
  • Has 32 co-sponsors in the Senate — half of whom are Republicans — and nearly 170 co-sponsors in the House.

Learn more about the bill here: www.nwf.org/recoverwidlife.

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