WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is championing legislation to invest in conservation work in Arkansas and support farmers and ranchers who are some of the best stewards of our natural resources.
In the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee on Wednesday, Boozman advocated for the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, legislation that would safeguard the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat in the Natural State and all across the country.
“One of the reasons I am proud to be a cosponsor of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is because it would provide on-the-ground actors, such as farmers and ranchers, conservation organizations, state authorities and tribal governments, with the resources they need to pursue collaborative conservation efforts in their regions,” Boozman said during the hearing.
Wildlife agencies across the country have identified more than 12,000 species in greatest need of conservation assistance. Arkansas is home to 377 of those endangered and threatened wildlife. This legislation would make Arkansas eligible for more than $15 million annually to fund habitat restoration and conservation.
Following Boozman’s urging, EPW Chairman Tom Carper held today’s hearing examining this legislation.
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is supported by more than 1,500 organizations including the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.