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.
A New Book- Beyond the Critters
May 31, 2017, 3:58 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies recently released a new book entitled “Beyond the Critters: Considerations for Managing and Leading State Fish & Wildlife Agencies,” by Dr. Dwight Guynn, former employee of the Association’s Management Assistance Team. Dr. Guynn's book is based on his thirty years of experience in the wildlife management profession and includes chapters on agency management systems, interrelatedness of agency components, successful agency change, leadership, interaction with the public and emotion in communications with the public, among others. This is the only book available that addresses managing and leading in a state fish & wildlife agency.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Partners with the BAND Foundation
May 4, 2017, 3:47 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is pleased to announce a partnership focused on fish and wildlife health, in collaboration with Bat Conservation International, the Amphibian Survival Alliance, the Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy, the Center for Invasive Species Prevention, and five universities in the United States.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Welcomes Perdue as the New USDA Secretary
Apr 26, 2017, 3:45 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies applauds the confirmation of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture who was sworn in this week with a favorable 87-11 vote. The newly confirmed Secretary Perdue will lead the Department of Agriculture (USDA) which oversees land and water conservation on private lands and operation of the U.S. Forest Service, as well as the nation’s food and farm programs. Perhaps most importantly, Perdue will contribute to the debate around the reauthorizing the Farm Bill, set to expire in 2018.
AFWA Selects Elena Takaki-Moschell as the New National Project WILD Director
Apr 19, 2017, 3:40 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) welcomes Elena Takaki-Moschell as Project WILD Director. Elena will oversee all aspects of the AFWA Project WILD program including management of Project WILD staff, coordination with Project WILD state partners, and stewardship of existing Project WILD brands.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Applauding President Trump on Signing the Passage of HJ Resolution 69
Apr 5, 2017, 3:38 PM
The Association is very pleased with President Donald Trump’s signing of HJ Res 69, which nullifies the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) final rule on “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska” (81 Fed. Reg.52248, April 5, 2016). The USFWS final rule preempted the authority of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to manage wildlife on National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs), whose authority is affirmed in three federal statutes.
Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies on the Passage of HJ 69
Mar 24, 2017, 3:36 PM
The Association is very pleased with the favorable legislative conclusion through Tuesday night’s 52-47 passage of HJ Res 69, which nullifies the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) final rule on “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska” (81 Fed. Reg.52248, April 5, 2016). The Association sincerely appreciates the leadership of Alaska’s Congressional Delegation, Congressman Don Young, Senator Dan Sullivan, and Senator Lisa Murkowski, in shepherding this Resolution of Disapproval.