New bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate will fund locally led efforts to help prevent extinctions and help wildlife thrive nationwide.

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) will send approximately $25 million to North Carolina each year to help the state’s 500 species of concern, including the Carolina northern flying squirrel, Red-Cockaded Woodpecker and Appalachian cottontails.

Upon the bill's passage, the US Fish and Wildlife Service would distribute $25 million annually to implement North Carolina’s Wildlife Action Plan.

From the mountains to the coast, there are approximately 1,500 species of wildlife and 6,000 plants in North Carolina. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has identified nearly 500 in need of conservation action, including restoring habitat, removing invasive species, addressing wildlife diseases, reducing water pollution or mitigating climate change.

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