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

The state of Hoosier is home to some of America’s most treasured wildlife. Today there are more than 150 species in Indiana that are at increased risk of extinction. extinction is forever; The time for action is when there are many animals. We must address the threats that drive 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 that has seen more than a third of America’s wildlife endangered. Fortunately, we have a unique opportunity to save Indiana’s incredibly rich biodiversity through a bipartisan bill in Congress called the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA). The bill seeks to fund proactive, collaborative, and locally-led efforts to help restore endangered fish, wildlife, and plant species. Indiana could receive more than $18 million annually. It’s a solution commensurate with the scale of the wildlife crisis.

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RAWA has significant bipartisan dynamics. The House of Representatives passed the bill bipartisanally in June. The bill has more than 30 co-sponsors in the Senate, including 16 Republicans. The Indiana congressional delegation could hold the key to RAWA’s fate, and we need our congressmen to help bring this vital funding back to Indiana.