Dear Members and Friends of the Native Plant Society of New Jersey,
The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S.1149) is before Congress again. In 2022, it passed the House 231-190, but didn’t make it through the Senate due to disagreements about funding. As a rare bill with bipartisan support, it has a real possibility of passing both houses this year, but we need your help to ensure its passage. This transformative bill, widely considered the biggest piece of environmental legislation since the Endangered Species Act of 1973, aims to protect and restore both native wildlife and plants, with a particular focus on those of greatest conservation need, including endangered or threatened species.
We need your help to make this vision a reality on this go around.
Contact your Senators and urge them to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2022. Find their contact information here: https://www.senate.gov/senators/senators-contact.htm.
Contact your House Representative and ask them to support this bill Find Your Members in the U.S. Congress | Congress.gov | Library of Congress. Be sure to thank them if they supported it on the first go around (you can see their vote here: https://clerk.house.gov/Votes/2022262).
Spread the word! Share this message with your friends, family, and social networks, encouraging them to join our cause and contact their Senators.
You can personalize the following text to email your representatives, although it’s even more effective to call them, write them a postcard, or write them an e-mail you have crafted yourself.
Dear [Senator/Representative’s Name],
I am a constituent and urge your support for the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S.1149).
This transformative bill, considered the biggest piece of environmental legislation since the Endangered Species Act of 1973, aims to protect and restore both native wildlife and plants, with a particular focus on those of greatest conservation need, including endangered or threatened species.
The legislation will provide significant funding for states, territories, and tribal nations to develop and implement conservation and restoration programs. By supporting innovative recovery efforts, we can protect the native plants that serve as the foundation for our state’s diverse ecosystems, ensuring their survival for future generations.
The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is a game-changer for both the country and New Jersey’s native plants and the countless species that depend on them. With its passage we can expect up to $1.4 billion of funding annually for:
Improved habitats for native plants, promoting biodiversity and supporting the intricate relationships between plants, pollinators, and other wildlife.
Increased populations of endangered or threatened plant species, securing their future in our state and contributing to the overall health of our ecosystems.
Greater collaboration among state agencies, tribal nations, and nonprofit organizations, fostering a unified approach to conservation and restoration efforts.
A vast number of organizations support this bill (according to the Senate summary of the bill, over 1,500 organizations and 60 Tribes support it), including the National Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Society, the National Audubon Society, Ducks Unlimited, Sierra Club, and the American Fisheries Society.
This bill is in the best interest of not only NJ but the whole country. I hope you will agree and take action to ensure it passes.