The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) will help at-risk wildlife before they need the more costly and last ditch “emergency room” measures required by the Endangered Species Act, while also helping recover those species already listed as threatened or endangered. The current levels of funding are less than 5 percent of what is necessary. This bill will provide states, territories, and tribes with $1.39 billion annually to catalyze proactive, on-the-ground, collaborative efforts to restore essential habitat and implement key conservation strategies, as described in each state's Wildlife Action Plan. This legislation follows the recommendation of a diverse group of conservation and industry leaders—the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources. Here in Hawaii our Wildlife Action plan could see an additional $59,177,899 annually. This Increased funding will allow for the continued restoration of the recently reintroduced and endangered Kiwikiu, greater recovery efforts for our A’o and U’au, greater protection and breeding of Hawaii’s highly endangered Kahuli tree snails, ilioholoikauaua our beloved hawaiian monk seals many other native Hawaiian species of concern.
The bipartisan support of what is being deemed as one of the most important pieces of wildlife legislation in the last half century, has been supported by Hawaii’s Representative Kai Kahele. The 2019 version of this bill was supported by Congressman Case, we hope that he will join his colleagues in supporting the current version of HR 3742.
CALL CONGRESSMAN CASE TODAY (202) 225-2726 DC office, (808) 650-6688 Honolulu Office and ask him to vote yes for RAWA.
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