Beyer Lauds Interior Department Actions Promoting Conservation and Restoration of Wildlife Corridors
Washington, April 8, 2022
Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), author of the bipartisan, bicameral Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act, applauds Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland’s announcement yesterday of new federal actions to advance the Department’s work on wildlife corridors. The actions announced by Secretary Haaland include $9.5 million in grant funding from the Department of the Interior (DOI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and private partners to support 13 corridor projects; and a partnership between the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society to coordinate support and use of the National Conservation Training Center to meet conservation needs.
“I am glad Secretary Haaland continues to prioritize wildlife corridors, and remains committed towards the implementation of the America the Beautiful Initiative. America’s native fish, wildlife, and plant species are part of our rich natural and national heritage,” said Rep. Beyer. “Scientists recognize that species have been declining as a result of habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation, all of which are accelerated by climate change. Wildlife corridors, road crossings, and other habitat connectivity efforts are among our strongest tools to protect wildlife migration routes and habitats. The actions announced by Secretary Haaland build on previous holistic, science-driven initiatives that both protect and manage these ecosystems.”
During her remarks, Secretary Haaland also outlined how the Interior Department will advance its work on wildlife corridors through a number of steps, including:
Beyer most recently introduced the Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act in 2020, which was included in the broad Moving Forward Act that passed in the House of Representatives in July 2020. In June 2021, the bill passed as an amendment to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Beyer first introduced the bill in 2016 following conversations with biologist E.O. Wilson, who coined the term “biodiversity.”