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Source: World Wildlife Fund

  • Date July 27, 2022
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In response to today’s introduction of the North American Grasslands Conservation Act by Sen. Ron Wyden (D. OR.), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN.), and Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-CO.), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Carter Roberts, President and CEO:

“Grasslands matter because they provide irreplaceable habitat for species like the plains bison. They matter because they lock carbon in the ground. And they matter as a home for the Native nations and ranchers whose cultures and livelihoods are tied to the land.

“Pressure to convert grasslands for agriculture or other uses contributed to the loss of some 2.6 million acres across the US and Canadian portions of the Great Plains from 2018-2019 alone. This new legislation would create incentives to help reverse that trend, providing funding needed to restore and conserve America’s remaining grasslands. It will enable landowners and Native nations to ensure grasslands remain for future generations. WWF thanks Senators Ron Wyden, Amy Klobuchar, and Michael Bennet for their leadership in introducing this landmark legislation.”