05-24-23 | News

Recovering America's Wildlife Act Reintroduced-ASLA Backs

One-Third Wildlife Species Face Elevated Risk of Extinction
by Staff

Recovering America's Wildlife Act was reintroduced in the Senate to receive clear funding to help reverse the loss of biodiversity and ecosystems along with habitat loss. Currently, federal funding through the State Wildlife Grants Program only provides $65 million annually to states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

On March 30, 2023, S. 1149 or the Recovering America's Wildlife Act of 2023, was reintroduced to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and was led by Representative Debbie Dingell in the House.

This environmental bill would enhance biodiversity through conservation efforts and codify a dedicated source of funding for the existing Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Account under the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act. The 2022 World Wildlife Foundation's Living Planet Report revealed an average decline of 69% in species populations since 1970. It is estimated that $1.3 billion is needed to prevent species from becoming endangered or threatened.

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), who advocate for the passing of bill S. 1149, "Habitat loss and fragmentation are major contributors to the biodiversity crisis, and landscape architects are uniquely positioned to take a leadership role in planning and designing nature-based solutions to these challenges."

The bill also requires the federal government to analyze the progress and conservation methods and submit a list of endangered and threatened species for recovery plans. This legislation invests an additional nearly $100 million annually for the first-ever dedicated source of federal wildlife funding for Tribal Nation conservation efforts.


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