FWAS is joining with and wants you to help The Texas Conservation Alliance (TCA), which has taken on increased leadership in supporting the Recovering America's Wildlife Act, soon to be introduced in Congress. The bi-partisan Recovering America's Wildlife Act would direct $1.3 billion annually from existing energy and mineral royalties on federal lands and waters to the currently-unfunded Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Account. These revenues would be distributed to state wildlife agencies to fund projects that benefit species at risk of becoming endangered. Texas' share would be more than $60 million per year.

TCA and other wildlife organizations have formed a steering committee for the Texas Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife, the Texas arm of the national Alliance for America's Fish and Wildlife, to promote conservation funding. Beginning in January 2018, TCA will serve as fiscal agent for the alliance. At a recent meeting with more than fifteen conservation organizations, TCA Executive Director Janice Bezanson emphasized the importance of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. "Because this legislation is bi-partisan and has widespread support from oil and gas producers, the outdoor recreation industry, and other businesses, it represents our best shot at significant funding for habitat improvement, land protection, research, and other conservation initiatives."

What can you do to help, you might ask? Simply contact your Member of Congress and ask him or her to be an original co-sponsor of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. To learn who your congress member is, click the following link for a Web page lookup of state and national Texas legislators: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

For more information about the Recovering America's Wildlife Act, click on the following link to TCA’s Website for a PDF flyer: http://www.tcatexas.org/pdfs/Recover...s-Wildlife.pdf