Good for Wildlife, Taxpayers, and the Economy
ECONOMIC BENEFITS. Outdoor recreation generates 188,000 direct jobs in Tennessee–more than six million jobs nationally. RAWA creates more employment and business opportunities while reducing regulatory risks for business.
SCIENCE, PUBLIC INPUT, AND ACCOUNTABILITY. U.S Fish and Wildlife Service-approved State Wildlife Action Plans incorporate the latest research, science, and public input.
TAXPAYERS. Proactive species management reduces long-term conservation and restoration costs, saving taxpayer monies.
OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS. Sustainable wildlife are central to quality viewing and recreation experiences. Additional funds also mean improved access and facilities.
LANDOWNERS. Voluntary technical- and financial-based assistance incentives ensure landowners can contribute to both the economy and conservation efforts.
NO TAX INCREASE. Tennessee’s $20.8 million allocation will come from existing revenues from energy and mineral fees.
BETTER FOR HUNTERS AND ANGLERS. Collaborative and diverse funding eases the burden shouldered by sportsmen to fund more than 80 percent of state wildlife agency efforts through game and equipment taxes and fees.
A PROVEN MECHANISM. The bill will allocate funds via the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration subaccount of the Pittman-Robertson Act.
Decisions at the State Level
LOCAL CONTROL. The funds will be controlled by state fish and wildlife agencies.
HELPING WILDLIFE AT RISK. Funds will largely be earmarked for restoring habitats, reintroducing native wildlife, fighting exotic invasive species, and monitoring emerging diseases.
CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH NATURE. Establishes funding for non-game species management. Portions of the funds can be used for wildlife viewing, nature photography, educational programs, and trail improvements.