Sending Office: Honorable Mike Thompson
Sent By:
Wendy.Zirngibl@mail.house.gov

Deadline: March 25, 2019

FY 2020 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 2020. This program is the nation’s core program for preventing fish and wildlife from becoming endangered. The STWG
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 STWG 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, 169 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 STWG
program in FY 2020. To sign onto this letter, please contact Wendy.Zirngibl@mail.house.gov (Thompson 5-3311) or Michael.DeFilippis@mail.house.gov (Young 5-5765). We thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

 

MIKE THOMPSON                                                    DON YOUNG

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

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