AFWA Applauds Interior’s Reaffirmation of States' Primary Role in Fish and Wildlife Management
Sep 19, 2018, 11:20 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies applauds the memorandum issued by Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke, on September 10, which reaffirms the primary authority of state fish and wildlife agencies to manage fish and wildlife within their borders, including on DOI land. The Memorandum states ‘The Department recognizes States as the first-line authorities for fish and wildlife management and hereby expresses its commitment to defer to the States in this regard except as otherwise required by Federal law.’
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Regarding the Proposed Reforms to Enhance Implementation of the Endangered Species Act
Jul 23, 2018, 10:38 AM
On Thursday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) jointly proposed revisions to the regulations that implement portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is encouraged to see the Service’s continued efforts to improve ESA implementation.
Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Commending Secretary Zinke Signing Secretarial Order 3362
Feb 12, 2018, 10:00 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds last week’s announcement of Secretarial Order 3362 by secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. This order aims to improve habitat and migration corridors for big game species through collaborative efforts with state and private landowners.
Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Nov 21, 2017, 9:44 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies supports community-based natural resources management and the role it plays in international wildlife sustainability by utilizing funds generated to align conservation with local community needs.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Preliminary Report on the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Sep 7, 2017, 4:54 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is pleased to see the preliminary report on the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Preliminary survey data indicates that 101.6 million Americans (40% of the U.S. population 16 years and older) participated in wildlife-related recreation in 2016 and spent $156 billion on these activities. The initial findings indicate an eight-percent increase in the number of anglers and a 20-percent increase in the number of wildlife watchers since the survey was last conducted in 2011.
Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Commending the Appointment of Greg Sheehan as the Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Jun 5, 2017, 4:09 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies applauds Secretary Zinke for naming Greg Sheehan as deputy director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Greg Sheehan has served as Director of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources since 2012. During his 25 years in the natural resources and wildlife management sector, Sheehan has shown a track record of successfully restoring fish and wildlife species and working collaboratively with his state and national peers.