1. Recovering America’s Wildlife Act introduced July 12, 2019 This bill (H.R. 3742) is a bold effort to reverse America’s wildlife crisis.
Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will address this with a once in a generation investment to fund wildlife recovery efforts in each state including Colorado. The Colorado Wildlife Action Plan lists 55 “tier 1” species of greatest conservation need and an overall 159 such species. 76 members of Congress already have signed onto the bill. We are working to gain support among each of Colorado’s 7 Representatives.
2. Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) bill for full permanent funding LWCF was permanently reauthorized in the public lands package that was signed into law on March 12. LWCF has been an important part of Colorado’s conservation and outdoor recreation landscape for several decades. It has provided $268 million to help conserve some of Colorado’s most special open spaces, improve access to several national parks such as Rocky Mountain National Park and national forests such as White River National Forest, and is essential to help fund non-motorized trails and state and local parks. LWCF is funded with royalties from offshore energy development. Now we need to gain passage of dedicated, full permanent funding for LWCF!
3. South Park lands managed by BLM – The draft environmental impact statement was issued in late June for the public lands that BLM manages in eastern Colorado and also addresses the iconic landscape level of South Park. South Park has been CWF’s focus since 2011. We will post our comments soon. The public comment period closes on September 20, 2019.
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