February 13, 2019


AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed a resolution urging the United States Congress to pass the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. The passage of the legislation would provide permanent federal funding for each state to enact its own plan for stabilizing and recovering its species in decline.

"Sadly, one-third of all wildlife and plant species in the U.S. are experiencing population decline," said Guillen. "More than 12,000 species are in need of conservation, with 1,310 of them in Texas," he added.


Due to the current lack of funding, many of these at risk species could soon be gone for good. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is responsible for addressing these issues, but can only do so much with the resources they've got. However, if the Act were passed by congress, Texas would receive $63 million annually in order to implement it's Conservation Action Plan. This pre-established strategy would empower wildlife managers and private landowners to address conservation issues at the local level and reduce the need for regulatory intervention.

"With no additional cost on behalf of the tax-payer, Texas would benefit not only ecologically, but also economically through job creation and increased tourism," Guillen remarked. "Conservation of at-risk wildlife is vital to our future and the passage of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act would represent a transformative step in preserving our environment," he concluded.


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and