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Please join us in supporting the highest level of funding possible for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (STWG) program in fiscal year 2021. 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 important funding to implement wildlife conservation actions needed to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered and to help recover those already listed. The program is
working to recover over 12,000 species identified by the states as Species of Greatest Conservation Need.
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, by providing the federal share of support which in turn will leverage millions in state and private funds. These funds support on-the-ground conservation
which provide jobs and help sustain the $427 billion outdoor recreation economy.
Last year, 167 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 2019. To sign onto this letter, please contact Brittaney Koehler,
Brittaney.Koehler@mail.house.gov (Thompson 5-3311) Kayla Rillo,
Kayla.Rillo@mail.house.gov (Young, 5-5765). We thank you for your consideration.
MIKE THOMPSON DON YOUNG
Member of Congress Member of Congress
March 20, 2020
The Honorable Betty McCollum The Honorable David Joyce
Chair 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 Chairwoman McCollum and Ranking Member Joyce:
We are writing to express our support for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (STWG) program. We appreciate your past support and are hopeful that your support will continue. We believe that the STWG program is an important investment needed to sustain
our nation’s fish and wildlife. In fiscal year 2020, $67.6 million was appropriated for the program to conserve fish and wildlife in the 56 states, territories, and District of Columbia, and on tribal lands. We ask that you allocate robust funding for this
important, time-tested program for fiscal year 2021.
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. It is a mission-critical
element of Department of the Interior’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 that ensure sustainability of the fish and wildlife species enjoyed by all Americans.
The STWG program is the only program that funds proactive conservation work aimed at eliminating the need to list species as federally threatened or endangered, saving taxpayer dollars and reducing regulatory uncertainty to business. The program is also
critical to state efforts to recover species that are already federally threatened or endangered. Robust and consistent funding for the STWG program is key to meeting the shared state-federal responsibility 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 and effective investment in conservation.
The STWG program supports implementation and revision of State Wildlife Action Plans that were developed collaboratively by leading scientists, sportsmen and sportswomen, wildlife viewers, conservationists, tribes, 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 $427 billion outdoor recreation economy.
We urge the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to provide the highest appropriation possible for the STWG program in Fiscal Year 2021 so that these important conservation efforts can expand to prevent more fish and wildlife from
becoming endangered. Thank you for your consideration of our request.
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