Indianapolis, In. — Recognizing the wisdom of using existing funds for the monitoring and conservation of species at risk in Indiana, the Indiana Parks Alliance enthusiastically supports H.R.4647, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. IPA support for the Recovering American’s Wildlife Act reflects its mission of supporting Indiana state parks and nature preserves and the resources they steward.The bill, with the support of more than 100 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives, would provide more than $1.3 billion annually in royalties collected from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters. A Senate version would require annual appropriations from Congress. Neither version requires a tax increase.According to Tom Hohman, president of the Indiana Parks Alliance, “This is an opportunity to shore up conservation efforts on behalf of so many Indiana species fighting to survive and thrive. Without increasing taxes, this act would ensure robust funding for Wildlife Action Plans in every state.”IPA joins a wide array of conservation, environmental and other groups in calling for a hearing by the full House Natural Resources Committee and continuing to add co-sponsors in the House and Senate.The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act was spurred by a 2016 report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources, which noted that “These funds would provide states with the resources needed to implement State Wildlife Action Plans which are designed to conserve 12,000 species in greatest conservation need.”Scientists estimate that one third of all U.S. wildlife species are in trouble or vulnerable due to habitat loss, invasive species, and severe weather taking a toll on birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and bees.Indiana impact: $20 million annuallyAccording to the Indiana DNR, among the many species that are endangered or of special concern are the cerulean warbler, trumpeter swan, black bear, lake sturgeon, red salamander and spotted turtle.Indiana’s State Wildlife Action plan is a blueprint for conservation of non-game species by assessing the health of wildlife and habitat and identifying the species of greatest conservation need. Indiana has a proven track record of success for restoring Hoosier species such as the bald eagle, osprey, otters, falcons and others in the non-game categories in addition to white-tailed deer, wild turkeys and numerous fish species for hunting and angling.Indiana would be required to provide a $6 million match to fully access the $20 million estimated as Indiana’s share of the newly dedicated funding source. This support would continue indefinitely as part of the Pitman-Robertson Act that has funded state fish and wildlife programs since 1937. There are currently more than 100 co-sponsors of H.R.4647, including Rep. Andre Carson.Taking actionAdvocates are urged to contact their members of the U.S. House and Senate and urge them to join as co-sponsors for the future of Indiana’s wildlife.
To net another crack at Rungvisai, Estrada (38-3, 26 KOs) has netted victories over Felipe Orucuta and Victor Mendez. Also announced for the show is a junior featherweight title unification bout featuring WBA titlist Danny Roman and IBF titleholder TJ Doheny. The card will also feature the 154-pound debut of former two-division world champion Jessie Vargas. After capturing the WBA belt from Shun Kubo in September 2017, Roman (26-2-1, 10 KOs), who will be looking for an astounding 18th consecutive win, has made three title defenses including a sensational 10th-round TKO of Gavin McDonnell in October.Doheny (21-0, 15 KOs) won the IBF strap from Ryosuke Iwasa in August and successfully defended it for the first time, battering Ryohei Takahashi by 11th-round TKO in January. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearRungvisai and Estrada went toe-to-toe for 12 hard rounds in February 2018 with the former earning a narrow majority decision victory. Rungivisai jumped out to an early lead due to his aggressiveness and his powerful lead left hand, which kept Estrada at bay. But in the last five rounds, Estrada made it a fight by throwing caution to the wind and going shot-for-shot with the SN No. 9 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Estrada started the flurry a little too late, though, and saw his 10-fight winning streak snapped. Since then, the 32-year-old Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1, 41 KOs) stopped Young Gil Bae in the first-round in July and then scored a unanimous decision win over Iran Diaz back in October. “I am extremely excited and honored to be back fighting in the U.S. again,” Rungvisai said in a press release. “Estrada is a great fighter and we had an amazing fight last year.” One of the best fights of 2018 will run it back one more time. WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defends his title against Juan Francisco Estrada on Friday, April 26 at The Forum in Inglewood, California, live and exclusively on DAZN. The bout marks Rungvisai’s first in a multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing and the global sports streaming service.