The Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife consists of members representing outdoor recreation, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups and state and federal fish and wildlife agencies. Major corporations like Bass Pro Shops/Cabelas, Shell and Toyota have joined forces with the Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Outdoor Industry Association to bring about important legislation and funding for fish and wildlife conservation!
As threats to fish and wildlife as well as the habitats they occupy continue to increase, it takes more funding to conserve those species and habitats. My last position with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was to help the agency prepare should the funding be approved.
States on average have a $26 million budget deficit from what it takes to enact needed conservation measures. These measures include monitoring declining species, acquiring land to preserve habitat and managing that habitat effectively. To combat that deficit, a blue ribbon panel consisting of former elected officials, oil and gas industry leaders, automotive industry leaders, academics, conservation organizations and more created an idea for how to solve the funding gap.
Their suggestion is to divert existing funds to the states for fish and wildlife conservation. This is not a new tax, but allocating funds the government already has in a general fund!
The Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife was created to garner support of the legislation and funding. Rarely do you see so many diverse organizations pulling for the same legislation. Bird watchers and hunters, boaters, fisherman, oil and gas companies, auto manufacturers, researchers and universities all support this much needed effort.
In a world divided by political ideology, conservatives and liberals support this legislation. Bipartisan support in both houses of congress continues to grow. But it sill needs help. We always say we exist to help moms and dads take their kids camping, hiking, fishing, learn about nature and develop a conservation ethic. We joined the alliance to make sure the next generation of kids have a nature to learn about. For more about why we created Kemp Outside, click here!
If you have a business or organization that would like to support the Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife and the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, it’s not too late. Sign on today!
For more information about the Alliance, visit www.OurNatureUSA.com.