IndyStar File Photo: A federally endangered piping plover at the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Linton.

Indiana’s Endangered Wildlife Can’t Wait, US Senators Must Pass RAWA

The Hoosier State is home to some of America’s most beloved wildlife. Today, Indiana has more than 150 species that are at heightened risk of extinction. Extinction is forever; the moment to act is when the animals are numerous. We must tackle the threats leading to extinction: from habitat loss and fragmentation to invasive species and degraded water quality.

What’s happening here in Indiana is part of a larger national trend where more than a third of America’s wildlife is on the verge of extinction. Fortunately, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help save Indiana’s incredibly rich biodiversity through a bipartisan bill in Congress called the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA). The bill is designed to fund proactive, collaborative and locally-led efforts to help recover species of fish, wildlife and plants at risk. Indiana could receive more than $18 million a year. It is a solution that matches the scale of the wildlife crisis.

IndyStar File Photo: A federally endangered piping plover at the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Linton.

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RAWA has significant bipartisan momentum. The House passed the bill in June in a bipartisan fashion. The bill has more than 30 co-sponsors in the Senate, including 16 Republicans. The Indiana Congressional Delegation may hold the key to RAWA’s destiny, and we need our members of Congress to help bring this vital funding back to Indiana.

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