Bipartisan support grows for America’s Wildlife Heritage Act

Elk. Photo by William C. Gladish.

First introduced to Congress in June by Representatives Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) and Walter Jones (R-NC), America’s Wildlife Heritage Act is rapidly gaining support from representatives across the nation. More and more members of Congress want to ensure that the public will continue to see healthy populations of fish, wildlife and plants on their walks, hikes, and canoe trips.

Since June, Thirty-two representatives have signed on to cosponsor the bill, five of whom are Republicans. Along with Jones, Rep David Reichert, (WA-8) Rep Frank LoBiondo, (NJ-2) Rep Leonard Lance, (NJ-7) and Rep Timothy Johnson, (IL-15) are also supporting the bill.

If passed, the bill will protect common creatures like deer, bears and birds on federal public lands. For the first time federal agencies would be required to make protecting common animals a priority in their land management decisions.

“I’m pleased to see additional bipartisan support for this important piece of legislation,” said M’Shae Alderman, a conservation associate for The Wilderness Society. “I hope all outdoor enthusiasts will ask their representatives to support HR 2807 or thank them if they have already become a cosponsor.”

photo: Elk. Photo by William C. Gladish.