House lawmakers move to reauthorize conservation programs

By Garrett Downs | 06/25/2024 06:30 AM EDT

The Senate already approved its version of the “America’s Conservation Enhancement Reauthorization Act.”

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.).

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) introduced bipartisan conservation legislation last week. Alex Brandon/AP

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced legislation to renew a popular wildlife package signed into law in 2020.

The “America’s Conservation Enhancement Reauthorization (ACE) Act,” H.R. 8811, would re-up programs aimed at protecting wildlife habitat while compensating livestock producers for predation by protected animals.

Among the programs up for reauthorization are the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, a suite of Chesapeake Bay conservation programs, the National Fish Habitat Partnership and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


The bill would provide funding to states and tribes to support ranchers from predation by protected species like grizzly bears and seek to combat invasive species.