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House of Representatives Passes Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

U.S. House of Representatives passed a new wildlife conservation act in 231 to 190 vote. This new bill will give $1.3 billion for funding conservation effort programs. 15% of total funds will go to federally listed endangered species.

According to EcoWatch, the new bill will help protect over 1,600 vulnerable and endangered species in the US. The bill will be a great help to the Endangered Species Act, which doesn’t provide enough funding to help populations of threatened and endangered species.

“The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is an amendment to the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937. This act let states tax firearm and ammunition sales amid declines in wildlife that was being hunted, and the tax money went to help conserve these wildlife populations. But the Pittman-Robertson act does not provide enough money to help conserve non-game species.”

There are currently about 1,600 species seen as endangered. However, there are over 12,000 species seen as threatened or vulnerable, and the new funding will help US states better protect both of these categories.

Some states already have plans in place on how to allocate the funding. Most of the funds will go to habitat restoration, creating wildlife crossings, and plants for pollinators.

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Marina is passionate about sustainability and works to help ensure our planet stays as our home for a long time. She takes part in environmental conservation by recycling and not buying single-use plastic. When not writing, she can be found with her nose stuck in a book or trying out new baking recipes.

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