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.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Welcomes Tony Tooke as the New U.S. Forest Service Chief
Aug 31, 2017, 4:52 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies welcomes Tony Tooke who was named as the next chief of U.S. Forest Service by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on August 21. Tooke will succeed Chief Tom Tidwell, who announced his retirement on August 18 and will take affect September 1, after 40 years with the agency.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Commending the Department of Interior's Announcement Regarding the Distribution of Funding to State and Tribal Wildlife Conservation Projects
Aug 18, 2017, 4:49 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds Deputy Secretary Bernhardt’s announcement about allocating much needed funding to state wildlife agencies and Native American and Alaskan tribes through the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program and the Tribal Wildlife Grant (TWG) program. This funding helps address critical fish and wildlife needs by supporting species and habitats listed in approved state wildlife actions plans and encouraging key partnerships for wildlife conservation.
Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies on the Sportsmen Access Ramp-Up Summit
Aug 4, 2017, 4:22 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies would like to thank the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for convening the Sportsmen Access Ramp-Up Summit earlier this week at which participants discussed opportunities to implement Secretary’s Order 3347- Conservation Stewardship and Outdoor Recreation signed by Secretary Ryan Zinke on March 2, 2017. At this gathering, leaders from 46 conservation organizations worked together to discuss ways we can enhance access to our federal lands and waterways.
The State of the Birds 2017 Report Released
Aug 3, 2017, 4:20 PM
Today, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) published the State of the Birds 2017 report, highlighting the many benefits of the Farm Bill- America’s single largest source of conservation funding for private lands- has delivered to birds, farmers, and rural communities. For more than three decades, the Farm Bill has been an effective tool for wildlife conservation, sustaining essential habitat for more than 100 species.
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Lends Support to National Hunting and Fishing Day
Aug 1, 2017, 4:18 PM
Annual celebration set for Sept. 23. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) is the latest group to join as sponsor of National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) for 2017.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on the Delisting and Conservation Success of Yellowstone Grizzly Bears
Jul 13, 2017, 4:15 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the formal delisting decision for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The announcement last month by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke brought to a close 41 years of research and restoration initiatives in keeping with the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the HELP for Wildlife Act
Jul 3, 2017, 4:13 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies supports the introduction of the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act (S. 1514). This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize important conservation programs and provide federal regulatory clarity for sportsmen.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Commending Secretary Zinke Announcement of Distributing Funding to State Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Jun 13, 2017, 4:11 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies applauds Secretary Zinke’s announcement releasing $1.1 billion in revenues generated by the Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson (D-J) Sport Fish Restoration acts. This funding supports critical state fish and wildlife conservation and recreation projects throughout the nation and comes from excise taxes paid by the hunting, shooting, boating and angling industries on firearms, bows and ammunition (Pittman-Robertson), and sportfishing tackle, some boat engines and small engine fuel (Dingell-Johnson).
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.