AFWA Press Releases

  • February 12, 2016

    Regional Conservation Partnership Program Pools Together $220 Million Investment from USDA, up to $500 Million from Local Partnership to Improve Water Quality, Soil Health, Habitat and More

    The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) applauds today's $720 million funding announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack on the second round of Regional Conservation Partnership Programs (RCPP). The RCPP was created by the 2014 Farm Bill to support partnership-driven, innovative conservation projects on farms, ranches and private forest land. more

  • September 23, 2015

    Association Applauds Greater Sage-Grouse Decision

    The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, speaking for its 50 state fish and wildlife agency members, territories and provinces, today congratulates U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for the federal government's decision not to list the Greater sage-grouse as a threatened or endangered bird under the Endangered Species Act. The Greater sage-grouse lives in 11 of the Western states: California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and has a range reaching across 257,000 square miles, including two Canadian provinces. AFWA President Dave Chanda, Director, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, wishes to express AFWA's members' gratitude for the states, the federal agencies, the ranchers and the energy industry leaders that came together to protect the sagebrush habitat and this iconic western bird. Chanda stated, "In this unprecedented collaboration between federal, state and local agencies, and the private sector, we have gained enormous experience in what we can accomplish on a landscape scale when we work together." more

  • September 3, 2015

    Environment Canada releases its new 2015 Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) e-Permit

    On August 4, 2015, Environment Canada launched an improved e-Permitting system to allow the purchase of printable electronic Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) Permits online. The e-Permit is available to hunters in Canada and the United States. On average, 17,225 U.S. hunters purchase the MGBH permit each year in Canada. The MGBH e-permitting system is available at the following weblink more

  • July 29, 2015

    NCLI Announces the Fellows of Cohort 10

    The National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI) is pleased to announce the 10th cohort of 36 Fellows for the 2015-2016 leadership development program. more

  • June 9, 2015

    AFWA Migrated to Its New DC Office

    AFWA's headquarters is now located at 1100 First St NE, Suite 825, Washington DC, 20024 -- 202-838-3474 -- staff phone numbers have changed. more

  • May 18, 2015

    Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA's Proposal on Endangered Species Petition Regulations

    Consistent with the intent of the ESA that listings be based on the best available science, AFWA appreciates the Services' due recognition of, and requirement to, incorporate the data and information of state fish and wildlife agencies for the formulation of listing petitions. more

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