The Preserve America’s Refuges Operational Act of 2022 (H.R. 6734) lately handed the Home of Representatives and now heads to the Senate for consideration. In March, the Nationwide Wildlife Refuge Affiliation’s former Vice President of Authorities Affairs, Caroline Brouwer, testified in help of the invoice to the Home Committee on Pure Assets Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife.
This invoice reauthorizes the Nationwide Wildlife Refuge System Volunteer and Neighborhood Partnership Enhancement Act (VCPEA). Initially enacted in 1998 and reauthorized in April 2018, this laws permits the Nationwide Wildlife Refuge System to develop its volunteer packages and companion with group teams resembling Refuge Mates organizations who improve public consciousness of the pure, historic, and cultural assets of their native nationwide wildlife refuge and the complete Refuge System.
The VCPEA additionally permits refuges to obtain donations and different contributions from people, teams, or companion organizations, offers for growth of volunteer packages, and streamlines administrative and contracting processes for partnership improvement. In an period the place personal public partnerships are permitting cash-strapped companies to develop group packages and work with non-federal companions, this act helps each refuges and communities improve refuge instructional packages and public consciousness of the Refuge System and its assets.
The Nationwide Wildlife Refuge Affiliation thanks Consultant Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and bipartisan cosponsors for his or her work to maneuver this vital invoice ahead. We look ahead to working with the sponsors of the Senate companion invoice (S. 4194), Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), to advance this invoice via the Senate.