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PIERRE, S.D. – Thanks to the state’s Congressional representation, South Dakota’s wildlife and natural habitat could have a banner year.
The Teaming with Wildlife Act, introduced by U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson and co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. John Thune, would provide $350 million annually over five years to help states carry out their Wildlife Action Plans. The comprehensive plans are the primary conservation tools adopted in every state and U.S. territory to keep fish and wildlife healthy and off the list of threatened and endangered species.
The Teaming with Wildlife Act is funded by a portion of royalties collected from Outer Continental Shelf drilling and mineral development on federal lands.
South Dakota would be eligible to receive $3.4 million each year from the Act for five years.
Sen. Johnson was honored by the Teaming with Wildlife Coalition and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for championing federal funding for state-based wildlife conservation as part of the Teaming with Wildlife Act, which was introduced in March 2009.
The award recognizes the senator’s leadership in supporting legislation to establish a first-of-its-kind funding program to help state fish and wildlife agencies advance their State Wildlife Action Plans into on-the-ground action to prevent at-risk wildlife from becoming endangered nationwide.
"I am honored to receive this award from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies,” Johnson said. “South Dakota has a deep history of appreciation for the outdoors, and that’s why I introduced important legislation that will help preserve our wildlife.”
“We are fortunate to have a very supportive congressional representation when it comes to healthy wildlife and suitable habitat,” said GFP Wildlife Diversity Coordinator Eileen Dowd Stukel. “We are the only state to have both of our senators signed onto the Act. Working with the cooperation of Governor Mike Rounds, and Senators Johnson and Thune, our staff is very pleased with the Teaming with Wildlife Act and the benefits it will provide South Dakota’s wildlife.”
Stukel noted that South Dakota’s Teaming with Wildlife coalition includes 179 groups and businesses, representing several hundred thousand South Dakotans. There is no charge to join the coalition. Members simply go on record in support of the need to ensure responsible management of wildlife and natural habitat in South Dakota and the nation.
People may join by visiting South Dakota’s Teaming with Wildlife Web site at: http://www.sdgfp.info/Wildlife/Diversity/teaming.htm
To lean more about Teaming with Wildlife and State Wildlife Action Plans, visit www.teaming.com and www.wildlifeactionplans.org

 

 

 

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