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Don Young

From the office of:

Don Young

 

Sending Office: Honorable Don Young
Sent By:
Martha.Newell@mail.house.gov

Support Funding For State and Tribal Wildlife Grants

Deadline: Monday, March 12th

FY 2019 Interior Programmatic Appropriations Request

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in supporting the highest level of funding possible for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (STWG) program in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. This program is the nation’s core program for preventing fish and wildlife from becoming endangered. The
State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program provides states, territories, the District of Columbia, and Indian tribes with the resources they need to implement proactive and effective wildlife conservation actions aimed at keeping wildlife from becoming endangered.
The program has been successful in preventing the listing of federally petitioned species and helping to conserve over 12,000 species identified by the states as needing proactive attention.

Providing capacity to states, which have primary responsibility for fish and wildlife management, is our best hope for preventing litigation and controversies resulting from federal endangered species listings. Thousands of on-the-ground projects that have
restored degraded habitat, reestablished native wildlife, and improved our knowledge about wildlife populations and their habitats have been funded by the program. Many of these projects have been done through voluntary partnerships with private landowners.

The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program supports strategic and effective conservation investments in every state and territory and on tribal lands. Funding for this popular program is supported by a diverse group of organizations representing millions
of birdwatchers, hunters, anglers, hikers and other outdoor recreationists who support the goal of restoring and conserving our nation’s at-risk fish and wildlife.

The program is used to implement State Wildlife Action Plans that were developed collaboratively by leading scientists, sportsmen and sportswomen, wildlife viewers, conservationists and private landowners and identified the most effective and practical means
to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered. Congress can demonstrate its commitment to these plans, all of which have been revised with the newest science, by providing the federal share of support which in turn will leverage millions in state and private
funds. These conservation dollars support jobs and help sustain the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry.

Last year, 168 bipartisan members in the House signed the letter supporting funding for the program.  We urge you to sign the letter to the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee this year to provide strong and continued support for the State
and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program in FY 2019. To sign onto this letter, please contact
Martha.Newell@mail.house.gov (Young 5-5765) or
Casey.Badmington@mail.house.gov (Thompson 5-3311). We thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

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DON YOUNG
Member of Congress

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FRANK LOBIONDO
Member of Congress

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MIKE THOMPSON
Member of Congress

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RON KIND
Member of Congress

 

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March XX, 2018

The Honorable Ken Calvert                                         The Honorable Betty McCollum

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Interior, Environment,                     Subcommittee on Interior, Environment,

and Related Agencies                                                  and Related Agencies

Committee on Appropriations                                      Committee on Appropriations

U.S. House of Representatives                                                U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C.  20515                                            Washington, D.C.  20515

 

Dear Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum:

We are writing to express our support for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program. We appreciate your past support and we are hopeful that your support will continue. We believe that the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program is an important investment
needed to sustain our nation’s fish and wildlife, but we also understand the fiscal constraints that our nation is under. We ask that you allocate robust funding for this important, time-tested program for fiscal year 2019.

The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program provides states, territories, the District of Columbia, and Indian tribes with the resources they need to implement proactive and effective wildlife conservation actions aimed at keeping wildlife from becoming
endangered.  It is a mission-critical element of the Interior Department’s budget, as no other program is focused on this goal. As you know, states bear the primary responsibility for wildlife management, and since the 1930’s the federal government has worked
in partnership with the states to fund successful conservation programs which ensure sustainability of the fish and wildlife species enjoyed by all Americans.

During the last decade, petitions for federal endangered species listings have increased by over 1,000%. The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program funds proactive conservation work that is helping to eliminate the need to list more species as federally
threatened or endangered, saving taxpayer dollars and reducing regulatory uncertainty to business. Robust and consistent funding for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program is key to meeting the shared state-federal interest for keeping our nation’s fish
and wildlife healthy and sustainable. Now more than ever, we should be focusing limited resources on this kind of smart, effective investment in conservation.

The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program supports implementation and revision of State Wildlife Action Plans that were developed collaboratively by leading scientists, sportsmen and sportswomen, wildlife viewers, conservationists, and private landowners
to conserve more than 12,000 species in need of proactive conservation. Congress can demonstrate its commitment to these plans in every state and territory by providing the federal share of support which will leverage millions in state and private matching
funds. This investment helps support jobs and the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry.

We urge the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies to provide the highest appropriation possible for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program in Fiscal Year 2019 so that these important fish and wildlife conservation efforts can continue
to prevent fish and wildlife from becoming endangered. Thank you for your consideration of our request.

Sincerely,


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