| South Carolina (July 12, 2019) — A legislative initiative that could make available millions of dollars in new federal funding to protect some of South Carolina’s most vulnerable wildlife species was re-introduced in Congress today by members of the Congressional Sportsman's Caucus.
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) reintroduced the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) with the support of conservation and sportsmen’s leaders. This bipartisan legislation will help promote and enhance our nation’s conservation efforts, and ensure the long-term health of fish and wildlife throughout the country.
“The re-introduction of this bill signifies the recognized importance of this legislation for species of greatest conservation need contained within states’ Wildlife Action Plans,” said SCDNR biologist Anna Huckabee Smith, coordinator for South Carolina’s plan. Passage of RAWA would provide a solid funding source for research, surveys and on-the-ground habitat management to benefit these species in South Carolina and other states.”
Built on the premise that the best way to save America’s wildlife is through collaborative, proactive, on-the ground conversation, RAWA would help recover 12,000 species considered in need, including more than 1,600 species listed under the Endangered Species Act. An earlier version of RAWA was first introduced in 2017 based on recommendations from a panel of conservation and business leaders and was endorsed by the S.C. Natural Resources Board (the policy-making body for the SCDNR) in July of 2018.
About the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act: