Pennsylvania Game News - May 2016 - 39

Tony Ross

Barn owls are among the many nongame species that have benefited from federal dollars from
the State Wildlife Grants Program. An initiative announced in March could provide further help.

New conservation funding proposed
Federal initiative would redirect oil and gas royalties to fish and wildlife agencies.
A new initiative unveiled in Washington, D.C., in March would dedicate $1.3
billion in funding to help states address the
needs for thousands of species in trouble
across America.
Patterned after the Conservation and
Reinvestment Act of 2000, which narrowly failed to clear Congress, the new
initiative proposes the reallocation of
existing royalties from on- and offshore
oil and gas development and mineral extraction to fish and wildlife conservation.
It is being advanced by the Blue Ribbon
Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse
Fish & Wildlife Resources, a think-tank of
26 energy, business and conservation leaders assembled in 2014 by the Association
of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA),
MAY 2016	

which serves North America's state and
provincial wildlife-management agencies.
This initiative aims to redirect and
dedicate $1.3 billion annually from more
than $10 billion in revenues from traditional and renewable energy development
and mineral development on federal lands
and waters.
"It is our responsibility to lead the way
so our state fish and wildlife agencies have
the resources they need to conserve species and manage our natural resources -
the future of our industry and the outdoor
sports we love depend on this investment,"
said panel co-chairman John L. Morris,
founder of Bass Pro Shops. "Redirecting revenues from energy and mineral
development to state-based conservation
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