Kuster Backs Legislation to Protect At-Risk Species
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) is backing the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, bipartisan legislation that would bolster state efforts to protect at-risk species. The bill would distribute $1.3 billion in existing revenue from offshore energy and onshore mineral extraction royalties to state-led efforts to conserve wildlife. Under the legislation New Hampshire would see an increase of $12,127,826.00 in State and Tribal Wildlife Grants funding.
“Protecting our wildlife is more than good stewardship of our environment, it’s an investment in our future and economy,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “Outdoor recreation and tourism is a critical aspect of our economy in New Hampshire and conserving at-risk wildlife populations is an important part of supporting that industry. I look forward to working across the aisle with my colleagues to advance this legislation so that future generations can enjoy America’s diverse wildlife that is so often taken for granted.”
“New Hampshire Audubon deeply appreciates the Congresswoman’s support on this important legislation. We know we can do a great job recovering wildlife populations in New Hampshire when sufficient funding is available. We’ve seen that with Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons,” said Douglas Bechtel, President of NH Audubon. “The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has developed one of the nation’s best wildlife action plans. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will put that plan into action, with long-term benefits for New Hampshire’s ecosystems and economy.”