Businesses, Scientists, Conservation Groups, and Agencies Call for Passage of Recovering Americas Wildlife Act

December 5, 2022

The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Majority Leader
United States Senate
The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Minority Leader
United States Senate
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House
United States House of Representatives
The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader
United States House of Representatives

Dear Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy,

Our coalition of diverse organizations, businesses, professional societies, state fish and wildlife agencies, and tribal nations collectively represent millions of Americans. We are writing to respectfully request your support for passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R.2773/S.2372) this year, including as part of a funding package. This bill was introduced by Sens. Heinrich (D-NM) and Blunt (R-MO) and Congresswoman Dingell (D-MI) respectively in the 117th Congress. Recent public polling demonstrates that more than 70 percent of Americans support this bill and less than 5 percent oppose.

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would immediately address the biodiversity crisis by helping to recover and conserve species at risk by investing $1.3 billion annually for states and territories and $97.5 million for tribal nations for on-the-ground conservation projects. The legislation funds the implementation of congressionally mandated State Wildlife Action Plans, which outline specific, science -based conservation actions necessary to recover and sustain healthy fish and wildlife populations. Similarly, tribal nations will be able to expand successful conservation efforts on their lands, which provide vital habitat for hundreds of fish and wildlife species, including more than 500 species that are listed as threatened or endangered. It also will support much needed investments in continued economic growth and job creation in tribal communities. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would be the only federal conservation program that provides sustained funding to tribal nations and state fish and wildlife agencies for the proactive conservation of at-risk species.

One-third of the fish and wildlife species in the United States are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered. The challenges facing our nation’s fish and wildlife are daunting, but this legislation provides a solution. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will provide state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies and tribal fish and wildlife managers with dependable, dedicated resources to address more than 12,000 species in need of proactive, voluntary conservation before a listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act is warranted.

This legislation represents a smart, future focused investment that will also strengthen the economy and create a significant number of jobs that help grow the $862 billion outdoor economy and bring support to key sectors such as agriculture and forestry – all while supporting the conservation of America’s fish, wildlife, and the habitats they depend on. This common-sense, fiscally responsible solution passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote in June and has 42 bipartisan Senate cosponsors and was passed out of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works with a bipartisan vote in April. Now is the time to pass this widely supported transformational legislation.
Taking measures to conserve species before they are on the brink of extinction and ensuring healthy populations will help save taxpayer dollars and prevent these species from needing costly “emergency room” measures under the Endangered Species Act – truly an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Rather than defaulting to regulation and litigation, this bill saves America’s imperiled wildlife through collaborative and constructive voluntary partnerships. This collaborative approach to conservation is good for wildlife, good for taxpayers, good for landowners, good for business and good for America. Further, this bill builds on the successful restoration track records of state fish and wildlife agencies which for more than eight decades have successfully managed game species.

Congress passed the Pittman-Robertson Act in 1937 and the Dingell-Johnson Act in 1950 to restore iconic game species such as deer, elk, striped bass, and wild turkey. Passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would complete the safety net so state fish and wildlife agencies and tribes have resources to conserve all fish and wildlife species. This Congress can join the legacy of the 75th and 81st Congress’s to ensure our nation’s rich fish and wildlife legacy is sustained for future generations.

Over 100 million Americans participate in some form of wildlife recreation. Increasingly, Americans from all walks of life have turned to the outdoors and nature to improve physical and mental well-being. Creating thousands of jobs immediately, restoring natural resources infrastructure, increasing access to the outdoors, and reducing long-term costs through enactment of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will unify Americans and elected officials that represent diverse constituencies.

Thank you for your consideration of our request to support passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act this year. We thank you for your support of America’s fish and wildlife and look forward to working with you to enact this groundbreaking legislation.


ABQ BioPark
Acorn Studio, Inc.
Alabama Ornithological Society
Allamakee County Protectors ~ Education Campaign
American Eagle Foundation
American Fisheries Society
American Fisheries Society – Fisheries Administration Section
American Fisheries Society Sacramento-Davis Student Subunit
American Fisheries Society, Ball State University Student Subunit
American Fly-Fishing Trade Association
American Forests
American Hunting Dog Club, Inc.
American Sportfishing Association
American Woodcock Society
Appalachian Mountain Club
Aquarium of Niagara
Aquashicola/ Pohopoco Watershed Conservancy
Aqua-Terra Environmental Ltd.
Archery Trade Association
Arizona Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Arkansas Chapter American Fisheries Society
Arkansas Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
Arkansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Aspetuck Land Trust
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Audubon Mid-Atlantic
Audubon Society Mahoning Valley
Audubon Society of Portland
Audubon Texas
Audubon Vermont
Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust
Austin Science Advocates
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers – California Chapter
Barry Conservation District
Bartlett Tree Experts
Bass Pro Shops
Bassdozer Worldwide Bass Fishing LLC
Bat Conservation International
Baton Rouge Zoo Foundation
Bayou Land Conservancy
Bear-Paw Regional Greenways
Belltown Sportsmen’s Club, Inc.
Bergen County Zoo
BGSU American Fisheries Society Student Subunit
Big Thicket Natural Heritage Trust
Bi-Land Construction, Inc
Binder Park Zoo
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Birmingham Zoo, Inc.
Black River Audubon Society
Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Blue Ridge Audubon Chapter
Bond Moroch
Brevard Zoo
Bristol Fish & Game Association
Brookside environmental service LLC
Brukner Nature Center
Bucks County Audubon Society
Butterfly Pavilion
Caddo Lake Institute
Caledonia winter guard
California Invasive Plant Council
Camp Fernwood
Captina Conservancy
Carantouan Greenway
Carlow University
Carmichael Wildlife Consulting, LLC
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Central Iowa Beekeeping Association
Central PA Conservancy
CFO Capital management
Chemung Valley Audubon Association
Chesapeake Conservancy
Chester Conservation Commission
Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo
Chugach Regional Resources Commission
Clearwater Communications
ClearWater Conservancy
Clearway Consulting, LLC
Clemson University
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
Coastal Prairie Conservancy
Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks
Columbus Zoo
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
Conlon, McGlynn & McCann, LLC
Connecticut Audubon Affiliate Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center
Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
Connecticut Council, Trout Unlimited
Connecticut Falconers Association
Connecticut Fly Fishing Association
Connecticut Hunter Education Assoc.
Connecticut Land Conservation Council
Connecticut League of Conservation Voters
Connecticut Ornithological Association
Connecticut River Conservancy
Connecticut River Salmon Association
Connecticut Trappers Association Inc
Conservation Chair Fauquier & Loudoun Garden Club
Conservation Commission
Conservation Federation of Missouri
Conservation Insight
Conservation Land Planning
Conservation Northwest
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Cosley Zoo
Crawford Park District
CT Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point
Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Dallas World Aquarium
Delaware Audubon
Delaware County Bird Club
Delaware Highlands Conservancy
Delaware Ornithological Society
Delmarva Birding Weekends
Delta Waterfowl
Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, American Samoa
Des Moines County Conservation
Desert Botanical Garden
Design Methodworks
Detroit Zoological Society
District of Columbia Dept. of Energy & Environment
Division of Aquatic Resources, State of Hawaii
Ducks Unlimited
DW Van Dyke & Co
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)
ECO Consulting
Ecosystem Management Consultants
Elakha Alliance
Endangered Wolf Center
Enfield New Hampshire Conservation Commission
Environment America
Estuary Magazine
Everyone Outside
Exeter NH Tree Committee
F&J Shops
Fire Ring Farm LLC
Flathead Wildlife, Inc.
Foothills Sportsmen’s Inc.
Forest Landowners Association
Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo
Foundation for PA Watersheds
Four Harbors Audubon
Franklin County Conservation
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Freeport Wild Bird Supply
Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Friends of Connecticut Sportsmen
Friends of CT Sportsmen
Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Friends of the Rio Bosque
Friends of the Shetucket River Valley
Gallatin Wildlife Association
Garden Club of Virginia
Geauga Park District
Georgia Audubon
Georgia Ornithological Society
Ghostwood Farm LLC
Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing, and Conservation
Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing, and Conservation (PA, DCNR)
Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing, and Conservation (PA DCNR)
Grahame Jones Fishing, Inc.
Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School
Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University, Dept. of Biology
Great Bay Stewards
Great Bay Stewards NH
Great Lakes Sports and Leisure
Great Old Broads Nor’easters
Great Plains Zoo
Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance
Green Sanctuary Committee, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta, Ohio
Green State Solutions
Greensboro Science Center
Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources-Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Hawk Migration Association of North America
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association
HawkWatch International, Inc.
Haystack Rock Awareness Program, City of Cannon Beach
Heart of the Lakes
Heart of the Rockies Initiative
Heritage Conservancy
Herpetological Associates, Inc.
Hess Corporation
Hill Country Alliance
Hill Country Conservancy`
Hill Country Land Trust
Home Selling Team
Honey of a Home For You, LLC
Horse & Dragon Brewing Company
Houston Safari Club
Houston Wilderness
Huron Pines
I Do America
Ida County Conservation Board
Idaho Chapter American Fisheries Society
Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Integrated Health Partners
International Hunter Education Association-USA
International Raptor and Falconry Center
Iowa Audubon
Iowa Rivers Revival
Izaak Walton League of America
Jacklin Rod and Gun Club, Inc.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium
JMS Natural Resource Strategies, LLC
John Ball Zoo
John Ball Zoological Society
Jones County Conservation Board
JP Franzen Assoc.
Kalamazoo County Drain Office
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Karl Kleiner/ York College of Pennsylvania
Kate Spain, LLC
Kemp Outside
Kent County. Michigan
Kent Land Trust
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
La Luna Recording & Sound
Lake Erie Islands Conservancy
Lehigh Valley Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo
Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative
Louisville Zoo
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Wildlife, Fish and Recreation Dept
Maine Audubon
Maine Outdoors
Maine Professional Guides Association
Maine State Chapter of the Wildlife Society
Mammal Technical Committee/Pennsylvania Biological Survey
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
Maryland-Delaware Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Mary’s Attic Treasures
Mass Audubon
Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation
Mentoring Corps for Community Development
Menunkatuck Audubon Society
Michigan Audubon
Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Michigan United Conservation Clubs
Midwest Biodiversity Institute
Milton NH Conservation Commission
Minnesota Invasive Species Advisory Council
Missouri Breaks Audubon
Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Montana Audubon
Montana Wildlife Federation
Montgomery Bird Club
MotoSonora Brewing Co
Muchmore Design LLC
Mule Deer Foundation
Mystic Aquarium
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
National Alliance of Forest Owners
National Aquarium
National Association of State Foresters
National Audubon Society
National Bobwhite & Grassland Initiative
National Deer Association
National Estuarine Research Reserve Association
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Military Fish and Wildlife Association
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
National Resources Conservation Academy
National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Wild Turkey Federation
National Wildlife Federation
Native American Fish and Wildlife Society
Native Prairies Association of Texas
Natural Areas Association
Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife
Nebraska Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Nebraska Invasive Species Program
Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
New England Aquarium
New England Chapter, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
New Hampshire Rivers Council
New Mexico Chapter of the Wildlife Society
New York State Ornithological Association, Inc.
NH Audubon
Nichols Garden Club
NJ Audubon
North American Falconry Association
North American Invasive Species Management Association
North Carolina American Fisheries Society
North Carolina Aquarium Society, Inc.
North Carolina Bat Working Group
North Carolina Wildlife Federation
North Central Division, American Fisheries Society
North Dakota Natural Resources Trust
North Shore Audubon Society
Northeast Conservation Services LLC
Northeastern Wisconsin Zoo & Adventure Park
Northern Arizona Audubon Society
Northern New York Audubon
Northwestern Connecticut Sportsmen’s Association Inc.
Oakley Farm
Ocean EduKate
Oglebay Good Zoo
Ohio Biological Survey
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Ohio Conservation Federation
Ohio State University
Ohio Wetlands
Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
Oliver Nurseries
Oregon Natural Desert Association
Oregon Wild
Oregon Wildlife Foundation
Oregon Zoo
Orono Land Trust
Osprey Ecological Services, LLC
Outdoor Industry Association
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable
Oxford housing
PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
Paine Hill Farm
Pease Environmental Consulting
Penn State DuBois
Penn State University
Pennsylvania Biological Survey
Pennsylvania Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Pennsylvania Chapter of the Wildlife Society
Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen and Conservationists
Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs
Pennsylvania Master Naturalist
Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology
Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation
Pheasants Forever
Photography by Donna Rae Henault Caporas
Pines and Prairies Land Trust
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Planet Earth
Primal Outdoors, LLC Tuffhead Broadheads
Pulling Together
Purdue University AFS
Pure Fishing
Put-In-Bay Township Park District
Quail Creek Resources
Quail Forever
QuietKat, Inc.
Racine Zoological Society, Inc (Racine Zoo)
Ravenswood Outdoors
Red River Brewing Company
Redding Conservation Commission
REI Co-op
Rhode Island Land Trust Council
RHS Associates
Richard Childress Racing
Ridgelea Institute
Rip & Tear Technologies
Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation
Robyn Lynn studios
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Romaniello Rentals
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Rotary / Operation Pollination
Ruffed Grouse Society
Saint Anselm College
Saint Louis Zoo
Salem Audubon Society
San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
San Marcos River Foundation
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo
Save The Bay: Narragansett Bay
Save the Sound, Inc.
Schorr Biologics Consulting
Seattle Aquarium
Shedd Aquarium
Society for the Protection of NH Forests
Sol Music & Media, LLC DBA Top Secret Songwriter
South East Montgomery County Trout Unlimited #468
South Santiam Watershed Council
Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership
Southeast Chapter Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire
Southern Connecticut state university
Southern Conservation Partners, Inc.
Spiritus Mundi Antiques
Stag Hollow Wines
Stamford Fish and Game Club
Starfish Collaborative
Steep Rock Association
Stevens Advertising
Strategic Stewardship Initiative
Stratford High School
Stratford VNA
Sun Life
Sylvia Laudette LCSW LLC
Tennessee Wildlife Federation
Texas Agricultural Land Trust
Texas Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife
Texas Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Texas Conservation Alliance
Texas Land Trust Council
Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept
The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield
The Connecticut Surfcasters Association
The Connecticut Audubon Society
The Conservation Angler
The Conservation Fund
The Florida Aquarium
The Frontera Land Alliance
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
The Marvelwood School
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy, Texas Chapter
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Sound School Marine Resources Directed Laboratory
The Sportsman’s Financial Advisors
The Valley Land Fund
The Virginia Aquarium Foundation
The Watershed Association
The Wildlife Society
The Zen Dog LLC
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Think Wild Central Oregon
Thomaston Fish and Game club inc
Three Oaks Engineering
Tolland Garden Paths
Tracy Aviary
Trevor Zoo
Trust for Public Land
U.P. Bear Houndsmen Association
Uintah Consulting LLC
United Bowhunters of Connecticut
University of Nebraska
University of North Texas Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society
University of Pennsylvania–Wildlife Futures Program
University of Toledo
Upoceana Associates
Village of Middleville, MI
Virginia Conservation Network
Virginia Society of Ornithology
Virginia Zoo
Vitti Property Management
Wachiska Audubon Society
Walker River Paiute Tribe
Wallingford Rod and Gun Club
Wapsi River EE Center, Scott County Conservation
Washington Wildlife Federation
Watertown Land Trust Inc.
WaterWatch of Oregon
Weed Science Society of America
West Virginia Division, Izaak Walton League of America
West Virginia Rivers Coalition
Western CT Bird Club
Western Division of the American Fisheries Society
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Whelan Accounting Services
White River Marine Group
Wild Bird Feeding Institute
Wildlands Network
Wildlife Conservation and Game Mgt. LLC
Wildlife Ecology Institute
Wildlife Forever
Wildlife Habitat Council
Wildlife Leadership Academy
Wildlife Management Institute
Willington Conservation Commission (Connecticut)
Willistown Conservation Trust
Wimberley Valley Watershed Association
Winnebago County Conservation Board
Wisconsin American Fisheries Society
Wisconsin Coalition for RAWA
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
Woodbury County Conservation Board
Woodbury Southbury Rod & Gun Club
Woodland Park Zoo
World Wildlife Fund
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Yale University
Yale University School Public Health
Yellowstone River Parks Association
Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Miami
Zoo New England: Franklin Park Zoo & Stone Zoo
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