in Oklahoma.
American bison roam and graze in Oklahoma. © Morgan Heim


Senate Panel Clears Expansive Wildlife Conservation Bill

Package reauthorizes multiple federal conservation programs

Arlington, Va.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today approved a federal wildlife bill that would include renewal of several important programs for habitat conservation.

The America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act by Committee Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Ranking Member Tom Carper, D-Del., would reauthorize or update several longstanding conservation programs, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnership Act, the Pittman-Robertson Fund and the Chesapeake Bay Program.

“The ACE Act is a major step forward for America’s wildlife,” said Kameran Onley, director of U.S. government relations at The Nature Conservancy. “The programs extended by the act are critical to the conservation of important fish and wildlife habitats across the country. These extensions, along with proposed initiatives to combat emerging threats like invasive species and disease, will help put our wildlife on the path to a healthier and more sustainable future.”

Many of the ACE Act’s provisions have already been approved either by the House Natural Resources Committee or the full House of Representatives. 

“We applaud Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper for coming together in a bipartisan manner to support these important wildlife conservation programs, and we urge Congress to swiftly pass this legislative package,” said Onley.

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