The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has released its listing of the Top 10 fish and wildlife bills in history. The list, which covers policies at the federal level, features conservation laws for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of wildlife and wild places.

“The U.S. has a long history of bi-partisan environmental legislation, with landmark laws that impact every American and North Carolina,” says Tim Gestwicki, CEO for the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. “Recent partisanship in the U.S. Congress is actually an anomaly when it comes to conservation laws, and we’re working hard to restore the kind of across-the-aisle partnerships that have marked America’s approach to natural resources.”

Of the top chosen laws, some are directed at water, air, and land protections, while others shore up fish and wildlife species that are a critical part of our sporting and recreational heritage. In this review of the top 10 federal acts that benefit wildlife and habitat, NCWF highlights the foresight and leadership exhibited by elected officials and the positive ramifications of their work.

North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Top 10 fish and wildlife bills in the history of America are in chronological order:

  • Lacy Act (illegal poaching)
  • Migratory Bird Act
  • Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act
  • Dingell-Johnson (sport fish restoration)
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • National Wildlife Refuge Systems Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Fisheries Conservation and Management Act
  • Farm Bill (conservation incentives)

To read the full report on these polices including impacts on North Carolina and current attempts to weaken them click here.

Logo courtesy North Carolina Wildlife Federation

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