The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Welcomes the Acting Secretary to Lead Department of the Interior
Feb 5, 2019, 3:17 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies welcomes the recently nominated David Bernhardt as the next Secretary of the Interior.
The Association Applauds the Introduction of Legislation to Modernize the Pittman-Robertson Fund Act
Jan 31, 2019, 12:09 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is excited to see the reintroduction of legislation to modernize the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (HR 877). This bipartisan legislation clarifies that the Pittman-Robertson(P-R) 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 without increasing taxes or existing user fees. Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA), along with Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), introduced the legislation yesterday.
Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act in the House
Jan 30, 2019, 10:11 AM
Today, Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-LA) introduced the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act (HR 837) in the House. This bill aims to hinder the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) which has spread in wild and captive herds across North America. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the reintroduction of this important legislation which, if passed, would provide essential scientific information required to combat this devastating disease which threatens our nation’s wildlife resources.
The Association Commends the Service for Opening 38 Refuges
Jan 9, 2019, 12:02 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife agencies learned yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for the next 30 days, using previously appropriated funds, will bring back a limited number of employees to resume work on high priority projects and activities at 38 National Wildlife Refuges.
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Commends Congress for Passing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018
Dec 17, 2018, 7:58 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Association) applauds the passage the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 by Congress, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill (HR2). 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.
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.
AFWA Recommends 39 Priority Projects for the 2019 Multistate Conservation Grant Cycle
Nov 1, 2018, 1:54 PM
At the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida members recommended approval of 39 projects to be funded through the Multistate Conservation Grants Program (MSCG).
The Strategist: Fall 2018 Edition
Oct 17, 2018, 3:17 PM
Articles include brief updates on the 2018-2019 AFWA Officers & Executive Committee; Legislative Updates; 2018 AFWA Annual Awards; Recovering America's Wildlife Act; International Updates, and Business Meeting Resolutions.
Science Does Guide Wildlife Management in North America: Scientists and Conservation Leaders Respond to Artelle et al.
Oct 3, 2018, 2:07 PM
Today, Science Advances publishes a formal response entitled ‘Artelle et al. (2018) Miss the Science Underlying North American Wildlife Management’. This response, authored by a broad group of scientists, wildlife managers, and conservation professionals in the United States and Canada, reveals the unfortunate errors in the Artelle et al. article which inaccurately concluded that state and provincial fish and wildlife agencies in North America are managing wildlife without using science.
Job Announcement- Open Recruitment for Director of Leadership Development
Oct 2, 2018, 9:36 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) is seeing a Director of Leadership Development based out of the AFWA offices at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. The selected candidate will lead the Association’s leadership development offerings focusing on three key areas: (1) State agency multi‐level leadership products and services including online offerings and regional adaptive leadership workshops (2) State agency focused leadership level consulting and training; (3) Conservation community‐wide engagement through the National Conservation Training Center. The selected candidate will ensure that these offerings are meeting the needs of AFWA’s members and our conservation partners and that they are successfully implemented through effective operations, management and staff leadership.