The Forest Society, along with our partners at the Nature Conservancy, New Hampshire Audubon and Appalachian Mountain Club, wrote to U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan in support of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.
The bill will provide $1.3 billion to fund local and state efforts to help wildlife at risk and to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered. It also will also help recover species that are already endangered. The money will be used for conservation efforts such as conserving and restoring habitats, fighting invasive species, reintroducing native species and tackling emerging diseases.
The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game would receive up to $11 million a year to support this on-the-ground work. That level of funding is significant and will help the State carry out many of the actions the New Hampshire’s Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) identifies for the wildlife and wildlife habitats in our state.
For example, the WAP notes that replacing improperly sized culverts can restore stream flow and wildlife passage. The WAP also points out that this step would also help the State address the predicted climate change-caused sea level rise and larger and more frequent flooding events.
- We would encourage readers to ask both Senator Shaheen and Senator Hassan to sign on as co-sponsors of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.