Sunday, May 17, 2009

US conservation and sports groups like the climate bill

Fly Rod & Reel Online: Members of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) Climate Change Working Group, comprised of representatives of leading sportsmen’s and conservation groups, praised the efforts of members of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives to include funding for fish and wildlife adaptation strategies to combat climate change in the American Clean Energy and Security bill (ACES).

“A wide range of fish and wildlife will feel the effects of climate change, which could dramatically affect hunting and fishing,” said David Nomsen, Vice president of government affairs for Pheasants Forever and working group co-chair. “The funding that the energy and commerce committee agreed on will provide a good start on a fiscal base for state wildlife agencies to implement climate change adaptation strategies for fish and wildlife.”

…“Chairman Waxman, Chairman Dingell and Chairman Markey have laid a strong and broad foundation for the very anecessary natural resources adaptation programs, which will ensure not just the health and vitality of our fish and wildlife resources but also the quality of life for our citizens that functioning ecosystems likewise provide,” said Gary Taylor, legislative director of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and working group co-chair. “We applaud their recognition of the need for dedicated funding to deliver these very vital public benefits, and look forward to continuing to work with them to report the bill out of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and on subsequent passage by the House.”

…“The ACES bill recognizes the importance for state wildlife action plans to include adaptation strategies—tactics that enable landscape-scale approaches in the comprehensive management of fish and wildlife species,” said George Cooper, TRCP president and CEO. “Adaptation-focused funding will be essential in fish, wildlife and natural resources conservation as we struggle to address the negative impacts of global climate change on our public lands and outdoor traditions.” …

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