North Carolina Support for Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

Letter to Members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation

We, the undersigned North Carolina groups and organizations, support preventing fish and wildlife from becoming endangered by dedicating general treasury funds annually to the federal Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program. We believe that collaborative conservation is the most effective way to recover wildlife populations and strongly support the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.

Our nation and state have been blessed with a diverse array of fish and wildlife. While some of these species are thriving, many more are facing increasing challenges and are in steep decline. State fish and wildlife agencies have identified 12,000 species nationwide with 457 in North Carolina that are in need of proactive conservation action. With the passage of Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, North Carolina would receive an estimated $26.47 million dollars annually to support species conservation.

At the request of Congress, every state has developed a State Wildlife Action Plan (North Carolina had the first plan in the country) to assess the health of its state’s fish and wildlife and outline conservation actions necessary to sustain them. Time and time again, proactive, collaborative, and voluntary conservation efforts have allowed our nation to recover wildlife species. America has a successful history of bringing wildlife back from the brink of extinction through professional wildlife management combined with collaborative, on-the-ground conservation.  A century ago, prized game species like elk, wood ducks, wild turkeys, bighorn sheep and striped bass were at risk of extinction.  Now these species are largely thriving, because license fees and excise taxes paid by America’s hunters and anglers have been dedicated to the conservation of their habitat.  While collaborative conservation has led to numerous successes, today more than 12,000 wildlife species across our nation are considered “species of greatest conservation need,” as identified by various state fish and wildlife Agencies. These species—such as pollinators, frogs, turtles, songbirds and shorebirds, freshwater mussels, oysters, etc.—often receive neither the attention nor funding sufficient to recover them.

This growing wildlife crisis poses a threat to the vibrant outdoor economy of America and North Carolina. Hunters, anglers, birders, hikers, campers, and backyard wildlife watchers have created a fast-growing outdoor economic base that depends on healthy wildlife populations. Today, the outdoor economy contributes $887 billion to the national economy and $28 billion to our state economy annually, creating 7.6 million direct jobs with 260,000 in North Carolina, and generating $124.5 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue.

The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources, comprising industry and conservation leaders, recommended that the best way to recover these species of concern is to build upon the conservation model that has produced the remarkable successes for game species by investing a portion of existing energy revenues in proactive, collaborative, voluntary efforts at the state-level. This should be done through the existing Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program, as proposed in The Recovery America’s Wildlife Act. This non-regulatory, collaborative approach is a proven means of recovering species and leverages additional funds through innovative public/private partnerships.

Further, by preventing the decline of species so that they do not require the stricter protections of the Endangered Species Act, businesses will be able to operate with more regulatory certainty and reduced risk. As the decline of numerous species and their habitats across the country worsens, preemptive action can reverse this trend and keep species from the critical, yet often costly, “emergency room” measures required by the Endangered Species Act. This will be especially important to rapidly developing states like North Carolina.

Proactive conservation is good for wildlife, good for taxpayers, good for business, and good for North Carolinians. We encourage you to support the protection of our nation’s fish and wildlife heritage by supporting efforts to direct dedicated funding into the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program through the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act.



Alamance County Wildlife Club


Albemarle Conservation and Wildlife Chapter (Elizabeth City)


Albemarle Sound Delta Waterfowl (Elizabeth City)


Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg


Audubon North Carolina


Bird House on the Greenway


Box Turtle Collaborative


Cabarrus Brewing Company


Carolina Raptor Center


Carolina Thread Trail


Carolina Wetlands Association


Catawba River Wildlife Coalition (Valdese)


Charlotte Coffee Co.


Charlotte Reconnecting Ourselves with Nature


Coco F.A.R.M


Concord Engineering & Surveying, Inc.


Concord Wildlife Alliance


Coastal Carolina Delta Waterfowl (Bayboro)


Coastal Carolina Riverwatch


Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society


Community Alliance for Wildlife (Charlotte)


Criterion Investors


Crystal Coast Waterkeeper


Discovery Place Nature


Discovery Place Science

Edgemont, Ltd.


Duke Energy


Fish & Wildlife Conservation Council


Friends of Pocosin Lakes

National Wildlife Refuge


Gaston County Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards


Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation


Greathorn Development


Green Acres Family Farms, LLC


Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (Matthews)


HoneyBee Realty


Johnston County Wildlife Association


Julie Jones Team, Realtors (Cornelius)


Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital


Kirk Palmer & Thigpen, P.A.


Lake James Area Wildlife and Nature Society


Lake Norman Delta Waterfowl


Lake Norman Rod and Gun Club


Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists


Law Offices of Robert M. Critz, P.A.


Lee County Wildlife Club


Magnolia Coffee Company


Martingale Manor, LLC


Marvin Association for the Restoration

and Sustainability of Wildlife Habitat


Mecklenburg Audubon Society

Middle Neuse River Delta Waterfowl (Smithfield)


Moccasin Gap Delta Waterfowl (Roxboro)


Mountain Wild! (Asheville)


NC Chapter Backcountry Hunters and Anglers


NC Chapter American Fisheries Society


NC Delta Waterfowl Foundation


NC Falconers Guild


NC Hunters for the Hungry


NC National Wild Turkey Federation


NC State Advisory Council Quality Deer Management Association


North American Land Trust


North Carolina BASS Nation


North Carolina Camouflage Coalition


North Carolina Wildlife Federation


North Central Branch QDMA (Roxboro)


Neuse River Hawks


Pamlico Albemarle Wildlife Conservationists (Washington)


Plastic Ocean Project, Inc.


Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation


Ramseur Records


Ridgeline Development Corporation


Rocky River Trout Unlimited


Ruffed Grouse Society


Sandhills Rod and Gun Club


Smokey Mountain Sportsmen Association


South East NC Delta Waterfowl (Wilmington)


South Wake Conservationists

(Holly Springs)


Southern Piedmont Delta Waterfowl (Albemarle)


Stallings Nature and Wildlife Chapter


StreetFare Farm


Table Rock Trout Unlimited


Team Honeycutt, Realtors


The Avett Brothers


The Carolina Hawking Club


The Conservation Fund


The LandTrust for Central North Carolina


The North Carolina Chapter of  The Wildlife Society


The Sedgefield Hunt


The Woodlands at Davidson Development Company


Town Creek Delta Waterfowl (Tarboro)


Triad Delta Waterfowl (Winston Salem)


Triangle Delta Waterfowl


Triangle Fly Fishers


Trips for Kids Charlotte


Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company


Union County Wildlife Chapter (Monroe)


Wake County Wildlife Club


Watery Swamp Hunt Club


Wildology at Waverly


Woodbridge Company