AFWA Honors its 2020 Annual Awards Recipients
Sep 15, 2020, 11:07 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies recognized eleven individuals, three state agencies and one private landowner for their dedication to advancing fish and wildlife conservation at the Association’s Annual Awards Ceremony held virtually on September 14, 2020.
Sara Parker Pauley Elected 2020-2021 President of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Sep 15, 2020, 9:52 AM
The membership of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) elected Sara Parker Pauley, Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, as its new president during its 110th Virtual Annual Meeting. Director Pauley will serve as AFWA President through September 2021.
Six Honored for Safeguarding America’s Valuable Natural Resources
Sep 10, 2020, 3:00 PM
Today at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting, six organizations and individuals were honored by their peers as recipients of the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources. The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award was established in 2016 to recognize exemplary leadership in the field of climate adaptation and the protection of the Nation’s vital natural resources and the people who depend on them in a changing world.
The Association Applauds Final Passage of The Great American Outdoors Act
Jul 30, 2020, 3:10 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds the final passage of The Great American Outdoors Act (H.R. 1957) through the full House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 310-107. This bipartisan legislation is historic for conservation, supporting state recreation and parks programs, increasing outdoor recreational access for the public, and rebuilding critical federal infrastructure for hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
The Association Applauds Movement of The Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Jul 30, 2020, 3:07 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds the favorable report of The Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act (S. 4144) during full committee markup yesterday by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, via voice vote. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Congressman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Congresswoman Maria Cantwell (D-WA), would extend the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund through 2025 and is a companion bill to the version that passed the full House of Representatives on July 1.
Ashlyn Kite-Hartwich Honored as 2020 Outstanding Project WILD Coordinator
Jul 30, 2020, 2:42 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies proudly shares the news that Kansas Project WILD Co-Coordinator, Ashlyn Kite-Hartwich, will receive the 2020 Outstanding Coordinator Award. Each year the Association honors one Project WILD coordinator with this award at the annual Project WILD Coordinators’ Conference. “We are so honored to be able to give Ashlyn this well-deserved award,” said Elena Takaki, Director of Project WILD with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. “[Quote, pt. 2].”
The Association Applauds Passage of the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act in Infrastructure Package and Senate Bill Introduction
Jul 8, 2020, 7:43 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the inclusion of the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act (H.R. 4828) as part of the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), which passed in the House of Representatives last week. This bipartisan legislation, originally introduced in the House in 2019 by Congressman Joe Cunningham (D-SC), along with Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA), Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA), Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), would extend the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund through 2024.
The Association Applauds Passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act in Infrastructure Package
Jul 1, 2020, 5:24 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds the adoption of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act as an amendment to the Moving Forward Act, which passed today in the House of Representatives. The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R.3742) will benefit the nation’s economy by creating as many as 33,500 new jobs annually, supporting future economic growth in the outdoor recreation sector through infrastructure improvements, and increase resiliency and recovery of imperiled species and their habitats. The Association would like to thank Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) for their leadership on this bill that has brought 182 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives together as cosponsors.
The Association Applauds the Senate for Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act
Jun 18, 2020, 8:57 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is pleased to see passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422) through the full Senate yesterday, with a majority vote of 73-25. This historic bipartisan conservation legislation would support State recreation and parks programs, facilitate public access to outdoor recreation on state and federal public lands, and help rebuild much needed federal infrastructure that supports hunting, fishing, boating, and other aspects of the outdoor recreation economy.
The Association Commends the Distribution of Over $35 Million in Funding for Fish Habitat Conservation Projects in 31 States
Jun 9, 2020, 8:55 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is pleased to see the National Fish Habitat Partnership program assist in providing more than $35 million to support 95 fish habitat conservation projects in 31 states. This year these projects represent nearly an 8-to-1 match for federal funding with partnership project funding from other sources. Collaborative partnerships between the state fish and wildlife agencies, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, nongovernmental organizations, and other partners are key to implementing these conservation priority projects.