The Association Applauds Final Passage of The Great American Outdoors Act
Jul 30, 2020, 3:10 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds the final passage of The Great American Outdoors Act (H.R. 1957) through the full House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 310-107. This bipartisan legislation is historic for conservation, supporting state recreation and parks programs, increasing outdoor recreational access for the public, and rebuilding critical federal infrastructure for hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
The Association Applauds Movement of The Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Jul 30, 2020, 3:07 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds the favorable report of The Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act (S. 4144) during full committee markup yesterday by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, via voice vote. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Congressman Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Congresswoman Maria Cantwell (D-WA), would extend the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund through 2025 and is a companion bill to the version that passed the full House of Representatives on July 1.
Ashlyn Kite-Hartwich Honored as 2020 Outstanding Project WILD Coordinator
Jul 30, 2020, 2:42 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies proudly shares the news that Kansas Project WILD Co-Coordinator, Ashlyn Kite-Hartwich, will receive the 2020 Outstanding Coordinator Award. Each year the Association honors one Project WILD coordinator with this award at the annual Project WILD Coordinators’ Conference. “We are so honored to be able to give Ashlyn this well-deserved award,” said Elena Takaki, Director of Project WILD with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. “[Quote, pt. 2].”
The Association Applauds Passage of the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act in Infrastructure Package and Senate Bill Introduction
Jul 8, 2020, 7:43 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the inclusion of the Sport Fish Restoration and Recreational Boating Safety Act (H.R. 4828) as part of the Moving Forward Act (H.R.2), which passed in the House of Representatives last week. This bipartisan legislation, originally introduced in the House in 2019 by Congressman Joe Cunningham (D-SC), along with Congressman Garret Graves (R-LA), Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA), Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), would extend the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund through 2024.
The Association Applauds Passage of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act in Infrastructure Package
Jul 1, 2020, 5:24 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds the adoption of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act as an amendment to the Moving Forward Act, which passed today in the House of Representatives. The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R.3742) will benefit the nation’s economy by creating as many as 33,500 new jobs annually, supporting future economic growth in the outdoor recreation sector through infrastructure improvements, and increase resiliency and recovery of imperiled species and their habitats. The Association would like to thank Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) for their leadership on this bill that has brought 182 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives together as cosponsors.
The Association Applauds the Senate for Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act
Jun 18, 2020, 8:57 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is pleased to see passage of the Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422) through the full Senate yesterday, with a majority vote of 73-25. This historic bipartisan conservation legislation would support State recreation and parks programs, facilitate public access to outdoor recreation on state and federal public lands, and help rebuild much needed federal infrastructure that supports hunting, fishing, boating, and other aspects of the outdoor recreation economy.
The Association Commends the Distribution of Over $35 Million in Funding for Fish Habitat Conservation Projects in 31 States
Jun 9, 2020, 8:55 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is pleased to see the National Fish Habitat Partnership program assist in providing more than $35 million to support 95 fish habitat conservation projects in 31 states. This year 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 Supports the Conservation Efforts of the National Fish Habitat Partnership’s 2020 “Waters to Watch”
Jun 2, 2020, 8:47 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is excited to see the National Fish Habitat Partnership’s 2020 list of “Waters to Watch” representing a snapshot of voluntary, locally driven freshwater, estuarine and marine habitat conservation efforts implemented across the country. States are a key partner in implementing these conservation priorities.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Applauds the Senate and House Bipartisan Dear Colleague Letters Requesting Funding for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program
May 18, 2020, 8:55 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies commends the support and leadership of Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Congressman Don Young (R-AK), who were joined by 220 of their colleagues on letters to the leadership of the U.S Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittees on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Interior Appropriations. The Senate and House letters, respectively, are in support of the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program which provides a critical investment to sustain our nation’s most vulnerable fish and wildlife. In the letters, Members urge the Subcommittees to provide the most robust funding possible for the Program.
The Association Partners with Conservation Leaders to Spearhead #ResponsibleRecreation
May 11, 2020, 8:41 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is partnering with conservation leaders, including the National Wild Turkey Federation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever to spearhead #ResponsibleRecreation, a media campaign encouraging Americans to enjoy outdoor recreation while adhering to proper COVID-19 safety protocol.