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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Act
Nov 27, 2017, 9:46 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies supports the introduction the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Act of 2017 (H.R. 4454).
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Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the HELP for Wildlife Act
Jul 3, 2017, 4:13 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies supports the introduction of the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act (S. 1514). This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize important conservation programs and provide federal regulatory clarity for sportsmen.
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Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Applauding President Trump on Signing the Passage of HJ Resolution 69
Apr 5, 2017, 3:38 PM
The Association is very pleased with President Donald Trump’s signing of HJ Res 69, which nullifies the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) final rule on “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska” (81 Fed. Reg.52248, April 5, 2016). The USFWS final rule preempted the authority of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to manage wildlife on National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs), whose authority is affirmed in three federal statutes.
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Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on the Passage of HJ 69
Mar 24, 2017, 3:36 PM
The Association is very pleased with the favorable legislative conclusion through Tuesday night’s 52-47 passage of HJ Res 69, which nullifies the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) final rule on “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska” (81 Fed. Reg.52248, April 5, 2016). The Association sincerely appreciates the leadership of Alaska’s Congressional Delegation, Congressman Don Young, Senator Dan Sullivan, and Senator Lisa Murkowski, in shepherding this Resolution of Disapproval.
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