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The biggest investment in wildlife conservation in decades cleared the U.S. House this week, and supporters said if the Senate follows suit, North Dakota would get major financial help in protecting certain species on the decline.

The Recovering America's Wildlife Act sets aside nearly $1.4 billion a year for preservation efforts. Tribal governments would also receive funding.

Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said with one-third of all species already at heightened risk of extinction, the approach serves as a prevention tool.

"If a species declines to the point where they need listing protections under the Endangered Species Act, it can be very expensive to try to recover the species at that point," O'Mara explained. "And it's a little like health care, right? It's a lot more expensive to wind up in the emergency room than it is to do your annual checkup."

Supporters say North Dakota's annual share of nearly $15 million would help more than 110 species around the state. The bill has bipartisan support in the Senate, but along the way, there have been some divisions over how to pay for it.

John Bradley, executive director of the North Dakota Wildlife Federation, said the funding would help the state carry out its Wildlife Action Plan, for protecting species like the western meadowlark. And with land development and extreme weather more prevalent, he stressed quick action is needed to preserve habitat.

"Those events, like flooding and extreme heat or drought are still going to occur," Bradley acknowledged. "But the habitat allows those animals to mitigate that disaster a little bit better."

In the Senate, there are 16 GOP co-sponsors of the bill, including Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., although he did not support it in committee. The state's lone Congressman, Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., voted against the plan. The White House has signaled support for the proposal.

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