More than 400 wildlife species in Wisconsin are at risk of becoming threatened, endangered, or extinct. These populations are rapidly declining due to habitat loss, climate change, invasive species, and disease.
If we want to save our declining wildlife, we need to act now. Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would bring essential funding to conservation projects in our state with no new or increased taxes. Together, we can protect Wisconsin’s wildlife for generations to come.
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) would provide roughly $1.39 billion a year for scientific research, habitat management, and wildlife conservation efforts across the country. This money would also fund recovery efforts for the approximately 1,600 U.S. species that are already listed as threatened or endangered.
Wisconsin’s funding levels for the Wisconsin DNR (such as its Natural Heritage Conservation Program) would increase from $1 million to an anticipated $18 million annually. This would support the Wisconsin DNR and their partners to protect Species of Greatest Conservation Need and their habitats in Wisconsin. Using proactive conservation to protect our wildlife species now is cheaper and more effective than post-listing recovery.
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Last updated July 30, 2021
SCI is in Coalition Formed to Support RAWA. Article from Hunters: Official Magazine of SCI Chapters in Wisconsin and Illinois: July/August 2021
Pass the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. Article from Hunters: Official Magazine of SCI Chapters in Wisconsin and Illinois: May/June 2021
Recovering America's Wildlife Act will help more than 400 at-risk species in Wisconsin. Here are three of them:
Over 20% of the world’s nesting golden-winged warblers migrate to Wisconsin. The young forest habitat that they need also benefits other songbirds like the rose-breasted grosbeak and brown thrasher, plus game species like American woodcock, ruffed grouse, and white-tailed deer.
Wisconsin has more endangered Karner blue butterflies than any other place in the world. Prescribed burns and other management practices to improve barrens, savannas and prairies is necessary to maintain quality habitat.
Wisconsin lists the wood turtle as a threatened species, but reducing car kills and protecting turtle nests from predators are powerful conservation actions that can help. Wisconsin DNR now places enclosures over turtle nests and installs electric fencing to fend off predators.
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Ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor RAWA—Visit National Wildlife Federation Action Fund for more details.
Sign and share this letter of support to show Congress how important this bill is for people and wildlife.
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— Ron Regan, Executive Director of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies