The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act was reintroduced in the House on April 22, 2021 (HR.2773), led by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R- Nebraska) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan). It is a very important bipartisan bill that will significantly help to address wildlife species in decline. Colorado’s State Wildlife Action Plan lists 59 tier 1 species of greatest conservation need. Among these species are the golden eagle, greater sage-grouse, greater sandhill crane, burrowing owl, lynx and that state fish – greenback cutthroat trout. Of the $1.4 billion of annual funding, Colorado would receive approximately $26 million [subject to a 25% match from other sources]. Last year 185 Representatives were co-sponsors including Colorado Representatives Perlmutter, Neguse and DeGette. People can see how important nature is right now to providing exercise and solace, from trail use to gardening. We believe shovel-ready jobs such as habitat restoration, invasive species removal and other conservation and recreation efforts will play a role to help jump start the economy.
UPDATE: now 47 co-sponsors in the House as of June 10.