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 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.
Bsal Rapid Response Plan Now Available
Jun 19, 2018, 9:07 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) is pleased to announce a new Bsal Rapid Response Plan developed to address the emerging threat posed by the amphibian fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans or Bsal. Although this lethal pathogen has not yet been detected in North America, experts believe that the chance of a future outbreak is high and may severely impact many of our nearly 200 species of salamanders and the ecosystems they inhabit.
Job Announcement- Open Recruitment for an Agriculture Policy Program Manager
Jun 4, 2018, 3:35 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is seeking an Agriculture Policy Program Manager. The selected candidate will work with state fish and wildlife agencies and other Association members to enhance fish and wildlife habitat and encourage sustainably-managed fish and wildlife resources through the reauthorization and implementation of conservation, forestry, bioenergy, and other provisions of the current and future Farm Bills.
AFWA Welcomes Maggie Ernest Johnson as Adaptation Program Manager
Jun 4, 2018, 8:26 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) welcomes Maggie Ernest Johnson as their Adaptation Program Manager. Maggie will manage the Associations’ programs and activities related to climate adaptation and provide leadership in managing national efforts to develop and implement practical climate adaptation strategies for fish, wildlife and habitats.
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.
NEW Project WILD Guide Now Available
May 2, 2018, 9:20 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is excited to announce the release of the NEW Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide! This 4th edition of the Project WILD “Terrestrial” guide includes expanded and updated educational methodology and environmental topics. The guide contains six new activities with a focus on the ecology and conservation of bees, bats, reptiles, and monarch butterflies, as well as stewardship activities relating to changing plant and animal life cycle events, and the reduction of light pollution, and includes information on the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. The guide also includes a greater diversity of topics, species, field investigations, and educator resources. Every activity includes an outdoor component, an ‘In Step with STEM’ extension, and ‘WILD Work’ career and occupation extensions. To obtain a new guide, contact your state Project WILD coordinator and schedule a teacher workshop.
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.