On July 19th, 2016, Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the bipartisan Recovering America's Wildlife Act (HR 5650). $1.3 Billion in existing revenue will be dedicated from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters to proactive fish and wildlife conservation. This bill is an implementation of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations.
This new bill proposes to invest new funding in the [Wildlife Conservation Restoration program] that was created in 2000 through the advocacy of the Teaming With Wildlife coalition. The program addresses the conservation needs of non-game species, including over 12,000 species identified in State Wildlife Action Plans as species in need of conservation.