TYLERSVILLE FISH HATCHERY CONVEYANCE ACT -- (House of Representatives - September 20, 2006)
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Mr. KILDEE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
Mr. Speaker, I support H.R. 4957, an omnibus package of fish, wildlife and conservation legislation. I thank Chairman Pombo and Ranking Member Nick Rahall of the Committee on Resources for bringing this legislation to the House floor.
Title I of H.R. 4957 is noncontroversial legislation sponsored by Representative John Peterson. It will direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey the Tylersville National Fish Hatchery to the State of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Speaker, also included in the omnibus legislation before us today are a number of other important conservation measures, all of which have previously passed either the House or the Senate.
Title II contains the text of H.R. 1428, legislation sponsored by Chairman Pombo. It will reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation which has been a valuable resource in fostering private-public conservation partnerships.
Title III includes H.R. 158, legislation sponsored by Congressman Ron Kind, that would reauthorize and enhance the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. Since 2000, $17.2 million of Federal funding under this act has supported 186 conservation projects in 42 U.S. States and 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
This investment has leveraged an additional $89.1 million in total partner contributions to conserve some 3.2 million acres of bird habitat. I applaud Congressman Kind for his dedication and leadership on this critical conservation issue.
Title IV includes H.R. 4345, legislation sponsored by our colleague from Nevada, Representative Shelley Berkley, which would transfer abandoned Federal property to the city of Las Vegas to enhance popular park and recreational programs. Both Representative Berkley and Senator Harry Reid of Nevada deserve credit for this initiative.
Title V includes H.R. 4947, a bill sponsored by Representative Bachus which would expand the Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama.
Title VI includes H.R. 5232, a bill sponsored by Representative Kanjorski, which directs the Fish and Wildlife Service to complete its study for a new refuge in the Cherry Valley region of northeast Pennsylvania.
Representative Kanjorski has worked throughout the process to address the concerns of all stakeholders, and this study would be the catalyst towards achieving the long-term protection of this area.
Mr. Speaker, last but certainly not least, Title VII contains S. 1250, legislation sponsored by Senator Jeffords, that would reauthorize funding for the Great Ape Conservation Act.
I commend the sponsor of the House companion bill, H.R. 2693, and the author of the original act, Representative George Miller of California, for his continued leadership in international wildlife conservation, for raising awareness of the dire plight of great apes in Africa.
In closing, the fish and wildlife and conservation titles in this legislation are all worthy of our support. I urge adoption of H.R. 4957.
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