More than 50 conservation groups have asked the U.S. House of Representatives to pass bipartisan legislation that invests in wetlands, fisheries, chronic wasting disease research and major environmental restoration efforts.
The Senate passed the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act or ACE Act (H.R. 925) earlier this month and now a coalition of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation groups is asking the House to follow suit.
“Passage of the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act will not only have wide-ranging ecological benefits but will facilitate outdoor recreation on behalf of millions of Americans, strengthening conservation funding streams for years to come,” the groups wrote in a letter.
The coalition is asking the House to take up the legislation as passed by the Senate and make no changes. The ACE Act:
Reauthorizes the North American Wetlands Conservation Act at $60 million annually through Fiscal Year 2025. The Act has improved over 30 million acres of wetlands, making it one of the nation’s most effective voluntary conservation programs.
Establishes a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-led task force to address the spread of chronic wasting disease.
Codifies the National Fish Habitat Partnership. Since 2006, the Partnership has overseen over 840 projects to benefit fish habitat and populations.
Reauthorizes the Chesapeake Bay Program at $90 million through Fiscal Year 2025.