Recovering America's Wildlife Act
As people of faith, we are called to be caretakers of all Creation. Due to climate change, roughly one third of America’s wildlife species are at some degree of elevated risk of extinction. Currently, more than 1,600 U.S. species are listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Respecting and protecting the unique creatures that share our world is a moral responsibility. Proactive, on the ground, collaborative conservation efforts can help save thousands of species from extinction. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act provides a solution to the crisis facing the natural world while also creating a significant number of jobs that support the outdoor economy and other key sectors. It also supports Tribal Nations, the original stewards of this land, in implementing their own conservation efforts.
This legislation will:
● Invest $1.3 billion annually to implement State Wildlife Action Plans, the amount economists have said is needed to achieve these conservation goals.
● Outline how to prevent species from becoming endangered.
● Invest $97 million annually in conservation efforts led by Tribal Nations.
● Create as many as 33,600 direct jobs every year, in fields such as heavy equipment operation, construction, landscaping, horticulture, forestry, engineering, and more.
● Support 100,000 additional jobs annually and will boost the outdoor recreation economy.