AFWA Recommends 38 Priority Projects for the 2020 Multistate Conservation Grant Cycle
Oct 3, 2019, 10:29 AM
At the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies’ (AFWA) Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota, members recommended approval of 38 projects to be funded through the Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCG).
Kelly Hepler Elected 2019-2020 President of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Oct 2, 2019, 9:10 AM
The membership of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies elected Kelly Hepler, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, as its new president during its 109th Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota.
AFWA Honors its 2019 Annual Awards Recipients
Sep 25, 2019, 8:35 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) recognized eight individuals, two state agencies and one private landowner for their dedication to advancing fish and wildlife conservation at the Association’s Annual Awards Ceremony held on September 24, 2019 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
New State of the Birds Report Shows Species Declines and Key Role of States in Recovering America's Wildlife
Sep 23, 2019, 11:12 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies encourages Congress to respond to the call to action in the State of the Birds Report released today by passing the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 3742) to fund proactive fish and wildlife conservation. The State of the Birds Report highlights new science showing massive bird losses, with over 3 billion birds lost since 1970- more than a quarter of our birds in the U.S. and Canada. These dramatic bird losses demonstrate the urgent need for increased funding for their conservation. The report highlights that state fish and wildlife agencies have a critical role to play in recovering imperiled species of birds, fish and other wildlife and preventing species from becoming further endangered. But without increased funding, states and other partners are fighting an uphill battle. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is a solution to this critical problem.
Seven Honored for Helping Safeguard America’s Valuable Natural Resources
Sep 23, 2019, 11:07 PM
Today at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting, seven organizations and individuals were honored by their peers as recipients of the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources. The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award, established in 2016, recognizes exemplary leadership by individuals, agencies, businesses and other organizations to reduce impacts and advance adaptation of the Nation’s vital natural resources and the many people who depend on them in a changing world.
Statement from the Association on Final Revisions to Implementation of the Endangered Species Act
Aug 13, 2019, 1:42 PM
On Monday, August 12, Mr. David Bernhardt, Secretary of the Department of the Interior, and Mr. Wilbur Ross, Secretary of the Department of Commerce, announced final regulatory changes to the administration of the federal Endangered Species Act. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Association) appreciates the Departments’ due diligence in managing this important federal law through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Mr. Ed Carter, President of the Association, and Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency noted that “State fish and wildlife agencies are on the front lines of managing, restoring, and conserving federally listed threatened and endangered species. We look forward to working with our federal partners to achieve continuing success unto that end.”
Wisconsin Hosted ‘Midwest CWD Collaboration Meeting’ to Discuss Best Practices for Controlling Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer Population
Aug 1, 2019, 8:55 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies was pleased to see biologists from several Midwestern states, members of Wisconsin Tribal Nations, plus state and federal conservation groups meet last month to discuss chronic wasting disease (CWD) management and research efforts across the region. The goal of this meeting was to determine best practices for working together across state borders to prevent the spread of CWD.
The Association Supports the Conservation Efforts of the National Fish Habitat Partnership’s 2019 “Waters to Watch”
Jul 18, 2019, 9:33 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is excited to see the National Fish Habitat Partnership’s 2019 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.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the Recovering America's Wildlife Act
Jul 12, 2019, 11:38 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the introduction of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act. This bipartisan legislation would dedicate $1.3 billion in existing revenue annually from the U.S. Treasury to State Fish and Wildlife Agencies to implement their State Wildlife Action Plans and an additional $97.5 million for tribal fish and wildlife managers to conserve fish and wildlife on tribal lands and waters. State Wildlife Action Plans are congressionally mandated plans outline proactive solutions to conserve those species in greatest need and prevent wildlife from becoming threatened or endangered. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) announced the introduction of this bipartisan bill today in Washington D.C.
The Association Applauds the Introduction of Legislation to Modernize the Pittman-Robertson Fund in the Senate
Jul 11, 2019, 5:26 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the introduction of legislation to modernize the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act in the Senate. This important bipartisan legislation clarifies that the Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Fund has the flexibility to 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. Senator Risch (ID), along with Senator Cotton (AR), Senator Jones (AL), Senator Heinrich (NM), Senator Manchin (WV), Senator Alexander (TN), Senator Fischer (NE), Senator King (ME), and Senator Boozman (AR) introduced the legislation earlier today.