President Trump Signs Barrasso’s Wildlife Conservation Bill into Law
U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on the president’s signing of S. 3051, America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, into law. The new law includes several important provisions for Wyoming.
Among other actions, the ACE Act will:
(*) Commission a study by the National Academy of Sciences regarding the pathways and mechanisms of the transmission of CWD in the United States;
(*) Establish a CWD task force to develop an interstate action plan for state and federal cooperation relating to the disease;
(*) Establish a program to provide grants to states and Indian tribes to compensate livestock producers for losses due to predation by federally protected species such as wolves or grizzly bears;
(*) Authorize the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue depredation permits to livestock producers to allow for the taking of black vultures or common ravens under specified circumstances during calving or lambing season;
(*) Establish a Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize for technological innovation to reduce –human-predator conflict using non-lethal means;
(*) Authorize funds to combat the threat of invasive species; and
(*) Encourage partnerships among public agencies and other interested parties for promoting fish conservation.
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