, 2022-12-10 08:50:00,
COVINGTON — Conservationists are hopeful that a bipartisan proposal to dedicate $1.4 billion a year to help endangered wildlife will get a vote in the Senate before the end of the year.
More than 40 senators, including 16 Republicans and Georgia Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, co-sponsor the bill. A recent Data for Progress poll found that 86% of voters nationwide support the bill.
“This is a bold, bipartisan solution that is only as big as the problems facing wildlife,” Mike Worley, president and CEO of the Georgia Wildlife Federation, said in a news release. “The bill has broad support because it protects wildlife while saving money by allowing states to step in quickly when a species starts having trouble. Hopefully, this cost-effective and common-sense proposal will pass before the end of the year.”
If passed, the American Wildlife Recovery Act would send Georgia about $27.4 million annually to help 640 species, including bass, gopher tortoise and bobwhite quail.
The whistle of the “prince of game birds,” as some call the quail, was once a common sound in Georgia. Bobwhite numbers across the country have plummeted by as much as 85% since the 1960s. Funds from the US Wildlife Recovery Act will be used to restore habitat for already endangered species , such as quail, and finance prevention…
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