PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - June 17, 2021 


A perfect storm is putting a strain on blood-bank supplies; Congress approves Juneteenth as a national holiday.


2021Talks - June 16, 2021 


Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

As More Venture Out in AR, Groups Work to Protect Habitat, Wildlife

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

The Recovering America's Wildlife Act proposes allocating nearly $1.4 billion across all 50 states, and another 97 million a year for tribal nations.(Adobe Stock)
The Recovering America's Wildlife Act proposes allocating nearly $1.4 billion across all 50 states, and another 97 million a year for tribal nations.(Adobe Stock)
 By Nadia Ramlagan - Producer, Contact
April 26, 2021

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansans are turning to nature in record numbers during the pandemic, and supporters of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA) recently introduced by Congress said the bill would help preserve state species and put more people to work in Arkansas' $2 billion outdoor recreation economy.

Chris Colclasure, deputy director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said the additional $15 million in federal funding would boost fish and wildlife habitat restoration efforts.

"With the passage of RAWA, you're really looking at investments in proactive projects and education and those sorts of measurements to keep species from becoming rare in the first place," Colclasure explained.

Colclasure pointed to Monarch butterflies, whose numbers have declined by 90% over the past two decades. Funding from the Act would help Arkansas restore habitat for the monarch by planting native plants, including milkweed.

He noted his agency has seen an increase in outdoor recreation during the pandemic, and explained improved habitat and more thriving species would benefit Arkansans who enjoy the outdoors.

"We had about a 17% increase in resident fishing license sales, and about a 7% increase in resident hunting license sales," Colclasure reported.

Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said the bill would build on the conservation work of the Great American Outdoors Act, which Congress passed last year.

"And so this builds on that bipartisan legacy," O'Mara remarked. "In fact, it could be one of the biggest wildlife wins in going on 50 years."

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said 377 species need conservation help, including the Eastern collard lizard, red-cockaded woodpecker and lake sturgeon. The state currently relies on around $600,000 to protect these species.

Disclosure: National Wildlife Federation contributes to our fund for reporting on Climate Change/Air Quality, Endangered Species and Wildlife, Energy Policy, Environment, Public Lands/Wilderness, Salmon Recovery, and Water. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.
Best Practices