Project WILD Workshop Leads to New State Spider for New Hampshire
Jun 30, 2021, 9:54 AM
The Association is thrilled to learn that a Project WILD workshop led to New Hampshire Governor Sununu proclaiming the daring jumping spider to be the state spider of New Hampshire.
The Association Applauds Advancement of Reauthorization for Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Safety Trust Fund
Jun 17, 2021, 2:42 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies enthusiastically praises the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for advancing the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2021 (S. 1995). Yesterday, the Committee favorably reported the bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Sport Fish and Boating Safety Trust Fund before its expiration at the end of the fiscal year.
The Association Applauds Dedicated Wildlife Crossings Funding in House Transportation Package
Jun 17, 2021, 10:16 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies thanks the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for advancing the Wildlife Crossings Program with dedicated funding in the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 3684). Last week, the Committee favorably reported the transportation package by a vote of 38-26, advancing provisions to establish and fund a habitat connectivity program for aquatic and terrestrial species.
The Association Commends the Distribution of Over $34.5 Million in Funding for Fish Habitat Conservation Projects in 34 States
Jun 16, 2021, 2:22 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is pleased to see the National Fish Habitat Partnership program assist in providing more than $34.5 million to support 85 fish habitat conservation projects in 34 states. 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.
The Association Applauds the Reintroduction of the Sport Fish Restoration, Recreational Boating Safety, and Wildlife Restoration Act in the House and Urges Action Now
Jun 10, 2021, 11:22 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is excited to see the reintroduction of the Sport Fish Restoration, Recreational Boating Safety, and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2021 (H.R. 3702) in the House on Friday, June 4, 2021. This bipartisan legislation, led by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA) along with Reps. Veasey, Westerman, Wittman, Murphy, and Scott, would extend the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund through 2025.
AFWA Welcomes Kurt Thiede as the New Government Affairs Director
Jun 10, 2021, 10:04 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies welcomes Kurt Thiede as the new Government Affairs Director, effective July 14. Mr. Thiede will oversee and direct the legislative work of the Association before the U.S. Congress and the public policy work of the Association before the federal Executive Branch agencies. The Association will be saying goodbye to Jen Mock Schaeffer who will be moving back to her home state of Texas. Jen has worked tirelessly over her 19-year tenure to advance sound conservation legislation and policy that complements the goals and missions of the state fish and wildlife agencies.