Governor DeWine Signs Great Lakes Governors Letter to Protect America’s Wildlife
Governor Mike DeWine, along with Great Lakes Governors Whitmer (D-MI), Evers (D-WI), Wolf (D-PA), Holcomb (R-IN), Walz (D-MN), and Pritzker (D-IL), has sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources voicing support for the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.
The passage of RAWA would mark a big step forward for states like Ohio that routinely struggle to secure long term support for species without dedicated sources of funding, including those that are threatened or endangered. RAWA will allow Ohio to annually invest as much as $20 million in managing and protecting species that are important to our ecosystems and Ohio’s sportsman and women. The result will be even more conservation success stories for our state and the nation.
Passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will help promote and enhance our nation’s conservation efforts and ensure the long-term health of fish and wildlife throughout the country.
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, sponsored by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12), would:
- Fund conservation efforts for more than 12,000 species of wildlife and plants in need of assistance by providing $1.3 billion in dedicated annual funding for proactive, on-the-ground efforts in every state and territory.
- Accelerate the recovery of 1,600 U.S. species already listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
- Ensure wildlife recovery efforts will be guided by the congressionally-mandated State Wildlife Action Plans, which identify specific strategies to restore the populations of species of greatest conservation need.
- Provide Tribal nations $97.5 million annually to fund proactive wildlife conservation efforts on roughly 140 million acres of land.
- Include improvements to ensure funds are appropriately targeted to the areas of greatest need and facilitate additional investments in protecting at-risk plant species.
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