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Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019

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Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019

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05/16/19

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Introduced in Senate

Date: May 16, 2019

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116.S.1499
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Environmental Protection
Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019
Date: May 16, 2019 Official Title: To establish National Wildlife Corridors to provide for the protection and restoration of certain native fish, wildlife, and plant species, and for other purposes.Short title This Act may be cited as the "Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019".Findings Congress finds that
  • (1) the native fish, wildlife, and plant species in the United States are part of a rich natural heritage and an important legacy to pass on to future generations;
  • (2) the populations of many native fish, wildlife, and plant species in the United States are in decline;
  • (3) scientists estimate that 1 in 5 animal and plant species in the United States is at risk of extinction, and many species are declining in numbers;
  • (4) threats to the survival and diversity of many native fish, wildlife, and plant species in the United States include the loss, degradation, fragmentation, and obstruction of natural habitats;
  • (5) climate change threatens native fish, wildlife, and plant species;
  • (6) the 2019 global assessment report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services found that
    • (A) 1,000,000 wildlife and plant species worldwide are now threatened with extinction; and
    • (B) 75 percent of the land-based environment, and approximately 66 percent of the marine environment, have been significantly altered by human actions;
  • (7) the conservation of new and existing landscape and seascape corridors, through which native species can transition from 1 habitat to another, plays an important role in helping
    • (A) to conserve native biodiversity; and
    • (B) to ensure resiliency against impacts from a range of biotic and abiotic stressors;
  • (8) the conservation, restoration, and establishment of new ecological connections to facilitate the movement of species into more suitable habitats is a key climate change adaptation strategy;
  • (9) the protection of new and existing corridors is often one of the first steps in restoration and recovery planning;
  • (10) States have recognized the importance of habitat connectivity, including
    • (A) a New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers' Conference on the importance of connectivity for ecosystem adaptability and resilience, biodiversity, and human communities; and