Recovering America’s Wildlife Act bill
Recovering America’s Wildlife Act – introduced July 12, 2019 This bill (H.R. 3742) is a bold effort to reverse America’s wildlife crisis. Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will address this with a once in a generation investment to fund wildlife recovery efforts in each state including Colorado. The Colorado Wildlife Action Plan lists 55 “tier 1” species of greatest conservation need and an overall 159 such species. The bill has passed out of the House and Senate committees and will be next on the House and Senate Floors. Stay tuned. We are working to gain support among each of Colorado’s 7 Representatives.
THE BILL (S. 173):
- boundary adjustments of the White River National Forest as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System,
- the proposed Williams Fork Mountains Wilderness as a potential wilderness area,
- the Tenmile Recreation Management Area,
- the Porcupine Gulch Wildlife Conservation Area,
- the Williams Fork Mountains Wildlife Conservation Area,
- the Camp Hale National Historic Landscape,- the first-ever National HistoricLand scape around Camp Hale,
- the Sheep Mountain and Liberty Bell East Special Management Areas,
- the Curecanti National Recreation Area (formally establishes the boundary for the Cureanti National Recreation Area Boundary and improves coordination among land management agencies, and
- the interpretive site located beside U.S. Route 24 as the Sandy Treat Overlook.
- The bill provides for the cancellation of all Thompson Divide oil or gas leases (withdraws about 200,000 acres from future oil and gas development, while preserving existing private property rights for leaseholders)
- Protects nearly 62,000 acres in the San Juan Mountains and designates two fourteeners, Mount Sneffels and Wilson Peak, as wilderness