Recovering America's Wildlife Act could bring $19 million per year to Louisiana
BATON ROUGE- The Recovering America's Wildlife Act will bring $19 million a year to Louisiana to conserve more than 700 non-game fish and wildlife species and their habitats.
The act was recently introduced to Congress, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
U.S. Representatives Jeff Fortenberry and Debbie Dingell introduced the bill on Dec. 14.
Officials say the legislation proposes to provide state fish and wildlife agencies with $1.4 billion annually to implement State Wildlife Actions Plans. The source of funding is royalties and revenues collected from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters.
“This legislation would bolster our Wildlife Action Plan which seeks to conserve our wildlife and its habitat,’’ LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “Going from $600,000 to $19 million annually would give us the capacity to fully implement that plan for nongame and threatened species and habitat in our state.’’