Associations Legislative Priorities for 2018

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (HR4647/S3223)
Redirect $1.3 billion annually to state fish and wildlife agencies for proactive conservation actions to restore state species of greatest conservation need and to secure those species before listing is warranted under the Endangered Species Act.

Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act (HR2591/S1613)
Provide states with the flexibility to use these a small portion of these funds for outreach, communication, and education of hunters and recreational target shooters and well as recruitment and retention activities to ensure the long-term viability of the fund for future wildlife conservation activities.

Farm Bill Reauthorization (HR2)
Seventy percent of the lower 48 is privately owned land, and the vast majority of species rely on these lands to persist and carry-out their life cycles. We must work collaboratively with these landowners to cooperatively and voluntarily balance the goals of the landowners and their working lands operation; provide our nation with safe and affordable food, fiber, and fuel; and help meet the needs of fish, wildlife and their habitats. The Farm Bill is the single, most significant source of funding for private lands conservation work in the country through deploying voluntary, incentive-based conservation opportunities and actions.

Chronic Wasting Disease Legislation 

  • Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act (HR6272/S3644)—Would direct the National Academies of Science to conduct a study to identify the primary transmission pathways for the ongoing spread of Chronic Wasting Disease and recommendations to stem that spread; prioritize research needed to better manage and stop the spread of the disease; review of best practices and current programs intended to slow or arrest the spread of CWD, and provide recommendations for improvement to such programs and practices.
  • Chronic Wasting Disease Management Act (HR4454/S2252)—provide fiscal resources to states and tribes for monitoring and surveillance of CWD; allow for a rapid response fund for new CWD detections; and provide funding for applied management research projects to aid in managing and arresting the spread of CWD.

Endangered Species Act Implementation Improvements
The Endangered Species Act is not performing as well as it could, and listed species deserve our best recovery efforts.  The Act needs to be improved to address today’s complex challenges associated with recover.  The Act can be improved by enhancing the role of state fish and wildlife agencies in ESA implementation activities without diminishing the Secretary’s authority. Improve implementation consistency of the Act across the country, provide legal footing for the current FWS workplan process, improve cooperation with the states including when using their data, and improve and enhance private landowner conservation tools and incentives under the Act.

Funding for Federal Science Programs
Science is foundational to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation, and the Association believes robust federal funding for adaptive and applied management research and agency functions by the FWS, USGS, NMFS and others is critically important for the conservation and future of migratory birds, wildlife corridors, energy, big game species, managing fish and wildlife diseases, and more.

AFWA Contacts
Jen Mock Schaeffer
JenMock@fishwildlife.org
202-838-3468

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