Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act
Nov 15, 2018, 5:23 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies supports the introduction of the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act. This bill would enlist the assistance of the National Academies of Science to help identify the predominant transmission pathways for the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), evaluate current practices to manage and control the disease, and recommend prioritized research and other actions that should be taken to reduce and control the spread of CWD across the country. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), along with Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the legislation on November 15, 2018.
U.S. House Passes The Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act
Sep 14, 2018, 1:24 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds passage, in the U.S. House of Representatives, of bipartisan legislation to modernize the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (HR 2591). Without increasing taxes or existing user fees, this bill clarifies that the Pittman-Robertson fund can be used by state fish and wildlife agencies for outreach, communication, and education of hunters and recreational target shooters, including focused efforts on the recruitment, retention, and reactivation of hunters and recreational shooters through R3 initiatives.
Statement on Passage of the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act
Aug 6, 2018, 4:05 PM
Last week the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation advanced the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act (S. 3119). This proposed legislation seeks to provide needed flexibility and contains surgical and pragmatic amendments to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) that will allow states in the Columbia River Basin to balance the ongoing conservation of sea lions with that of other species that also warrant protection.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act in the Senate
Jul 17, 2018, 3:48 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the introduction of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S.3223) in the U.S. Senate today. Senators James Risch (R-Idaho) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) introduced legislation that recommends funding for conservation of those fish and wildlife species in greatest need across the country.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Commends the Missouri Supreme Court Ruling on Captive Deer and Elk
Jul 6, 2018, 1:43 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies commends the Missouri Supreme Court ruling that reaffirms the Missouri Department of Conservation’s authority to regulate captive deer and elk in their state, reversing an earlier lower court ruling. This week, in a unanimous decision, the Court handed down the opinion that even if animals are confined or born in captivity, if that animal is wild by nature, it is considered wildlife and thus under the purview of the conservation department.
Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies about the Proposed Reorganization of the Department of Interior
Jun 22, 2018, 11:02 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies learned yesterday of the Administration’s proposal to merge administrative responsibilities of other Agencies into the Department of Interior (DOI) in an effort to improve the efficiency of the regulatory process. Included in this proposal, the Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service would return to DOI and merge with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The purpose of this reorganization is to consolidate the administration of the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act into one Agency within DOI. This merger would also look to combine the two Agencies’ science and management capacity, with the intent of creating a more consistent Federal fisheries and wildlife policy and improved service to the public, particularly on infrastructure permitting.
Statement on Passage of the “Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2018” by the House Committee on Natural Resources
May 8, 2018, 3:57 PM
This morning the House Committee on Natural Resources passed by unanimous consent the “Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act of 2018,” HR 2591. Without increasing taxes or existing user fees, this bill will ensure user-pay funding of wildlife conservation for future generations, clarifies that a purpose of the Pittman-Robertson fund is to extend assistance to the states for outreach, communication and education of hunters and recreational target shooters, and allow states the ability to communicate with and recruit, retain and reactivate outdoor recreationists through modern means of communication.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on House Farm Bill
Apr 23, 2018, 8:51 AM
Last week, the House Agriculture Committee voted to send to the floor its draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). The Farm Bill is the single largest federal investment for conservation on private lands in the nation and is critical to state fish and wildlife agencies for conserving and improving millions of acres of habitat through voluntary efforts that can also provide opportunities for hunting and angling.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Applauds House Subcommittee on Hearing Encouraging the Passage of Two Bipartisan Bills
Feb 15, 2018, 3:53 PM
Today, the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies was pleased to witness the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands hearings on five bills, including Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R.4647) and the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow's Needs Act of 2017 (H.R.2591). The Association applauds Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA) for his leadership in bringing H.R. 4647 and H.R. 2591 up for the subcommittee hearing today.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act
Dec 15, 2017, 5:30 PM
The Association of Fish and wildlife Agencies strongly supports the introduction of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R.4647). This bipartisan legislation would redirect $1.3 billion in existing revenue from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters be dedicated to the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program to conserve a full array of fish and wildlife. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) announced the introduction of this bipartisan bill today in Washington D.C.