Thursday, April 28, 2016

News Release: Bipartisan Members of Congress Urge Colleagues to Support State and Tribal Wildlife Grants to Prevent Endangered Species Listings

Washington D.C. (April 28, 2016) - Senators Mike Crapo (ID) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Congressmen Don Young (AK), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), Mike Thompson (CA), and Ron Kind (WI) were joined by 188 of their fellow Members of Congress on a “Dear Colleague” letter to appropriators in support of funding for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program next fiscal year.

In both letters, Members urged their Subcommittees on Interior, Environment and Related agencies to provide robust funding for the program to support proactive conservation to prevent fish and wildlife from becoming endangered. 

“By emphasizing a proactive approach, the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program supports states and territories in their efforts to conserve at-risk fish and wildlife,” said Dave Chanda, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.  “Early, preventive conservation of at-risk species and their habitats is the most cost-effective investment of taxpayer dollars and most efficient way to address the challenges facing all wildlife today.”

The State & Tribal Wildlife Grants program is the only federal program available to states, territories, District of Columbia and tribes to conserve more than 12,000 fish and wildlife identified in State Wildlife Action Plans as species in greatest need of conservation. State Wildlife Action Plans were recently revised and updated with the best science and rely on funding from the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program for implementation. The program has the support of the 6,475 organizations that make up the ‘Teaming with Wildlife’ coalition, representing millions of conservationists. This investment helps supports jobs and the $730 billion outdoor recreational industry. 

“I’m proud to have led over 150 of my House colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans, in calling on appropriators to fully fund the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program in Fiscal Year 2017,” said Thompson. “This program is incredibly effective. And today, when many species are facing decreased populations, we need to fully fund the only federal program designed to prevent species from being listed as endangered.”

“Conservation is at the very core of keeping wildlife off the endangered species list,” said Congressmen Don Young. “By creating a successful partnership between the states, territories, tribal lands, and federal government we can come together in a bipartisan manner to support a proven wildlife management program with unquestionable results”

“We are pleased with the bipartisan support for our nation’s core program to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered. This legislation addresses a pressing issue that both Democrats and Republicans agree on and are working towards forward-thinking solutions,” said Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “This program has been proven effective in the past; as evidenced by such species as the fisher in the Pacific Northwest and the New England Cottontail. Both of these iconic species have been successfully reintroduced and now not under consideration for listing under the Endangered Species Act.”   


A total of 194 Members of Congress, including 30 Republicans, 162 Democrats, and 2 Independents from 43 states and territories signed on to the letters this year demonstrating broad bipartisan support for fish and wildlife conservation funding.  The list of members who signed the letters is available here.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

We're Hiring!! Open recruitment for a Blue Ribbon Panel Campaign Manager

Job Announcement


Position Title: Blue Ribbon Panel Campaign Manager Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources

Position Location: Washington, D.C.

Reports to: Executive Director

Job Type: Full-time, Term. Campaign is expected to last 3-5 years.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Please include salary expectations in cover letter.

For more information about position summary, specific responsibilities, qualification, and how to apply- Click HERE!

Check Out AFWA's 2015 Annual Report


The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies released its 2015 Annual Report featuring the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Fish and Wildlife Resources, comprised of national business and conservation leaders.

As our 2015-2016 President, Dave Chanda, shares in his welcome letter, “The work of the Blue Ribbon Panel is a game changer- it may represent the biggest conservation initiative of our respective careers, and we have an opportunity to radically enhance the stateside conservation funding landscape.”

The report also reflects AFWA’s four strategic goals to (1) advocate for sound conservation policies and legislation; (2) secure and sustain funding for conservation; (3) strengthen conservation partnerships; and (4) support members’ engagement within the Association.

If you would like to receive additional copies of the 2015 Annual Report, please visit www.fishwildlife.org to download and share a PDF version.

To receive a hard copy of AFWA's 2015 Annual Report, email egreen@fishwildlife.org

AFWA is Soliciting Letters of Intent for the 2017 Multistate Conservation Grant Program

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is currently soliciting Letters of Intent for the 2017 Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP). Up to $6 million dollars is available each calendar year for projects that address regional- or national-level priorities of the state fish and wildlife agencies through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.

Letters of Intent (LOI) must address one or more of the 12 MSCGP National Conservation Needs for 2017 that were recently selected by state fish and wildlife agency directors at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in March 2016.

Letters of Intent will be evaluated based on responsiveness to the National Conservation Needs; scientific quality; practical relevance to state agencies; value; and qualifications. Grants are awarded on a calendar-year basis for one, two or three years to eligible recipients.

Please read the full Solicitation Notice and Submission Guidelines for details.

LOIs must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to the MSCGP Coordinator no later than 5:00pm (Eastern Time) on Friday, May 6, 2016.  The National Grants Committee and appropriate AFWA committees will review and evaluate the LOIs.  In June, the National Grants Committee will invite the applicants with the most competitive LOIs to submit a full grant proposal for consideration.

12 National Conservation Needs Selected for the 2017 Cycle of the Multistate Conservation Grant Program

State fish and wildlife agency directors approved a slate of 12 National Conservation Needs for the 2017 Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP)on March 17, 2016 during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

NCN 1: Outdoor Heritage – Participation, Recruitment, and Retention in Hunting, Fishing, Boating, and Conservation-related Recreational Activities; Enhanced Relations Among State Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Related Industries

NCN 2: Strengthening the National Fish Habitat Partnership

NCN 3: The Management Assistance Team (MAT) or similar entity to increase leadership capacity and agency effectiveness within state fish and wildlife agencies and the conservation community through leadership and professional development initiatives, training, consulting, and support of the National Conservation Leadership Institute

NCN 4: Incorporating Fish and Wildlife Considerations into Energy Development Decisions

NCN 5: Preserve State Wildlife Agencies’ Authority to Manage Wildlife Resources and Promote Their Interest in the Implementation of International Treaties and Conventions

NCN 6: Policy and Legislative Advocacy - Implementing Goal 2 of AFWA's Strategic Plan

NCN 7: Implementing the Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources

NCN 8: Improve benefits for fish, wildlife, and their habitats as the 2014 and future Farm Bills are implemented

NCN 9: State Fish & Wildlife Coordination and Administration

NCN 10: Management of the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (National Survey)

NCN 11: Strengthening the State Fish and Wildlife Agency/Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Partnership

NCN 12: Multistate Conservation Grant Program Coordination

The MSCGP funding Letter of Intent Announcement and Guidelines is on the AFWA website.

Each year, up to $6 million is available to fund MSCGP projects.  AFWA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cooperatively administer the Multistate Conservation Grant Program.



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Webinar: Overview of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources



Spend an hour learning how we’re looking to address one of the most urgent problems facing fish and wildlife…how to sustainably fund the conservation of ALL fish and wildlife. Join the Conservation Education Strategy and our panelist, Patricia Allen, Communications Director for AFWA to learn more about this important initiative that has the potential to change the future of conservation.



Thu, Apr 14, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Thursday, March 3, 2016

News Release: ENERGY, BUSINESS AND CONSERVATION LEADERS CALL FOR $1.3 BILLION ANNUAL INVESTMENT FOR STATES

ENERGY, BUSINESS AND CONSERVATION LEADERS CALL FOR $1.3 BILLION ANNUAL INVESTMENT FOR STATES
A 21st Century Vision for Investing in and Connecting People to Nature

Washington, DC (March 2, 2016)- A group of energy, business and conservation leaders today released their recommendations on how to avert the growing endangered species crisis in this country. The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources determined that utilizing a portion of revenues from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters to fund state-based conservation could address conservation needs for thousands of species. An annual investment of $1.3 billion from these development revenues into the currently unfunded Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program would allow state fish and wildlife agencies to proactively manage these species reducing taxpayer costs and the regulatory red tape that comes when species are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. The number of species petitioned for listing under the Act has increased by 1,000 percent in less than a decade.

“A lot is at stake if we don’t act soon. For every species that is thriving in our country, hundreds of species are in decline.  These recommendations offer a new funding approach that will help ensure all fish and wildlife are conserved for future generations, “said former Wyoming governor, David Freudenthal, co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel.  “We need to start down a new path where we invest proactively in conservation rather than reactively.”

The Blue Ribbon Panel was assembled in 2014 and met three times to produce recommendations and policy options on the most sustainable and equitable model to fund conservation of the full array of fish and wildlife species. The panel was co-chaired by Freudenthal and John L. Morris, noted conservationist and founder of Bass Pro Shops. It includes representatives from the outdoor recreation retail and manufacturing sector, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups and state fish and wildlife agencies. During their meetings, panelists agreed that an increased investment in fish and wildlife conservation makes fiscal sense and is needed to protect our natural heritage. Their recommendation would redirect and dedicate $1.3 billion each year from the over $10 billion in revenues from energy development (both renewable and traditional) and mineral development on federal lands and waters.

“Conservation means balancing the sustainability of fish and wildlife resources with the many needs of humans for clean air and water, land, food and fiber, dependable energy, economic development, and recreation. It is our responsibility to lead the way so our state fish and wildlife agencies have the resources they need to conserve species and manage our natural resources – the future of our industry and the outdoor sports we love depend on this investment,” noted Morris. “Redirecting revenues from energy and mineral development to state-based conservation is a simple, logical solution, and it is now up to our leaders in Congress to move this concept forward.”

State fish and wildlife agencies have primary responsibility for managing species within their borders, as well as conserving important habitats and providing outdoor recreation opportunities. Traditionally, agencies have been funded by sportsmen through license fees and excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment and motorboat fuels – most agencies receive very limited funding through general taxpayer dollars. Agencies have not been able to keep pace with the growing challenge as habitat is lost and species decline and hunter and angler participation has declined. States have developed state wildlife action plans identifying 12,000 species in greatest need for conservation efforts. However, limited funding requires prioritization of the species facing the highest risk of endangerment leaving thousands of other species and their habitats hanging in the balance.

Proactive conservation saves tax payer dollars by addressing species needs early so that costly “emergency room” interventions are avoided. Preventing threatened and endangered species listings helps business by averting project delays and losses from forfeited opportunities due to land use regulations. In addition, investing in conservation is vital to sustaining our natural infrastructure that supports numerous indispensable benefits such as pollination, water purification, erosion control, flood control, recreation, food production and cultural amenities.

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Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America's Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources

Co-Chairs John Morris, Founder, Bass Pro Shops; David Freudenthal, Former Governor State of Wyoming; Crowell & Moring. Members: Kevin Butt, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, NA, Inc.; Richard Childress, Richard Childress Racing Enterprises/NRA; Jeff Crane, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation; Bruce Culpepper, Shell Americas; John Doerr, Pure Fishing, Inc.; Jim Faulstich, Partners for Conservation; John Fitzpatrick, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Greg Hill, Hess Corporation; Becky Humphries, National Wild Turkey Federation; Stephen Kellert, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Jennifer Mull, Outdoor Industry Association; John Newman, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Mike Nussman, American Sportfishing Association; Margaret O'Gorman, Wildlife Habitat Council; Glenn Olson, National Audubon Society; Collin O'Mara, National Wildlife Federation; Connie Parker, CSParker Group; Charlie Potter, Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation; Steve Sanetti, National Shooting Sports Foundation; John Tomke, Wildlife & Hunting Heritage Conservation Council; Jeff Trandahl, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation; James Walker, EDF Renewable Energy; Steve Williams, Wildlife Management Institute; Bob Ziehmer, Missouri Department of Conservation. Ex Officio Members: Michael Bean, US Department Interior; Ronald Regan, Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Media Advisory: Energy, Business and Conservation Leaders to Announce Strategy to Prevent Endangered Species Crisis


Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources



MEDIA ADVISORY
Energy, Business and Conservation Leaders to Announce Strategy to Prevent Endangered Species Crisis

Press Conference at National Press Club on March 2 at 3:00 pm EST

Contact:         Jodi Stemler (703) 915-1386
                        Patricia Allen (202) 838-3461

A group of energy, business and conservation leaders will release their recommendations on how to avert the growing fish and wildlife crisis in this country. The number of species petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act has increased by 1,000 percent in less than a decade. In addition, over 12,000 species have been identified by states as species in greatest conservation need. The recommendations to be released on March 2 represent the vision of a diverse group of 26 conservation and business leaders and focus on how to proactively manage species to reduce taxpayer costs and the regulatory red tape that comes when species are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources was created in 2014 to develop policy options on the most sustainable and equitable model to fund conservation of the full array of fish and wildlife species. The panel was co-chaired by former Wyoming governor, David Freudenthal, and John L. Morris, noted conservationist and founder of Bass Pro Shops and includes representatives from the outdoor recreation retail and manufacturing sector, the energy and automotive industries, private landowners, educational institutions, conservation organizations, sportsmen’s groups and state fish and wildlife agencies.

Who:      Dave Chanda, Director of the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife and President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies       
David Freudenthal, Former Governor State of Wyoming; Senior Counsel, Crowell and Moring
John Morris, Founder Bass Pro Shops (Invited)
Jeff Crane, President Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation
Collin O’Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation

When:    Wednesday March 2, 2016 at 3:00 pm EST
Where: National Press Club, Murrow/White/Lisagor Room 13th Floor
Dial In: 800-768-2950

RSVP:   detail1@fishwildlife.org

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Don't Get Lost Without your Roadmap: A Webinar on Strategic Planning for Fish & Wildlife Agencies

A Timmons Group Webinar Series

In the world of Fish and Wildlife agencies, customers expect mobile solutions and the ability to interact with data from agencies anywhere and at any time.  This webinar will present case studies to show what organizations are doing well related to data management, mobile solutions for the public, and use of technology solutions to better support internal operations, create efficiency and growth.
Lowell will focus on building an effective RoadMap with an emphasis on organizations who are looking to provide better efficiencies inside their organizations and better services to their clients. Lowell will emphasize the importance of prioritizing business strategies, advise on the best practice techniques for improvement, and share how to increase internal efficiencies while improving outreach and education.

About the Presenter
Lowell has 23 years of experience and is a recognized leader in the integration of geospatial and traditional information technologies and GIS Strategic Planning. Timmons Group’s technology and geospatial division has years of strategic planning and data/application development experience.

When:
Thursday, February 25th
2-3pm EST

Presented by:
Lowell Ballard
Director of Geospatial Technology

Hosted by:
Sarah Dennis, GISP
Geospatial Client Manager

Click HERE to Register TODAY!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION 101 WORKSHOP - April 26-28, 2016 – CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

The workshop is designed to train state fish and wildlife agency and federal agency personnel who are involved in the review and permitting of electric transmission line projects.  The workshop provides the opportunity for state and federal agency staff to meet members of the electric utility industry and gain an understanding of the planning and design process for electric transmission. 
The objectives of the workshop are to: 

  • Inform agency personnel about the electric transmission planning and design process
  • Help agency personnel understand how to effectively integrate into the electric transmission planning, design and permitting process  
  • Facilitate communication with industry and the permitting authorities to design these projects to avoid and minimize impacts to fish and wildlife resources 

The training course is based on the Electric Systems Short Course developed by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service. The instructors will include staff from EEI, Avian Power Line Interaction Committee (APLIC), Duke Energy, North Carolina Wildlife Commission and FWS Region 4 personnel 

WhereDuke Energy Environmental Center in Huntersville, NC (just north of Charlotte)
When: April 26-28, 2016 (includes field trip to electrical transmission line rights-of way
LodgingCountry Inn and Suites Lake Norman, Huntersville, NC (704-895-6565), with a room rate of $89.00/night for April 25th-29th
Note: Make reservations BEFORE April 4th 
Food: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch will be provided all three days as well as a welcome dinner on Tuesday night.
Cost: $75 for state and federal employees and $100.00 for industry and non-governmental organizations.
Registration OPEN now until April 18th.  Click here to register.
Limit: 50 participants
Check out the Flyer here.

Travel assistance is available from AFWA for a limited number of state fish and wildlife agency personnel.  This would include airfare, hotel, per diem and registration.  Please contact Kathy Boydston (kboydston@fishwildlife.org 512-389-8522) as soon as possible if you require travel assistance. 

Pipeline Workshop - North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference

Onshore Oil and Gas Subcommittee -March 16th, 1-5 pm, Pittsburgh, PA

This is a four hour workshop during the Onshore Oil, Gas and Mineral Subcommittee.  This workshop will provide a forum for federal and state agencies, the industry and conservation organizations to discuss the pipeline permitting process at the federal and state level.  Attendees will be involved in the discussion of current permitting processes, best management practices and will be able to engage with the pipeline industry to better understand their development and permitting process and how to work together more effectively to minimize the impacts of pipelines on fish and wildlife resources. 

Speakers are from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Williams Energy, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy and Integrated Vegetation Management Partners.

The conference hotel is the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh; 
Attendees will need to register at the one day conference rate- you can register here


There is some limited travel support for state fish and wildlife agencies to attend this workshop, please contact Kathy Boydston with AFWA (kboydston@fishwildlife.org  512-389-8522).  If you have questions regarding the workshop, please contact Kathy.  

Friday, February 12, 2016

Press Release- Regional Conservation Partnership Program Pools Together $220 Million Investment from USDA, up to $500 Million from Local Partnership to Improve Water Quality, Soil Health, Habitat and More



The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) applauds today’s $720 million funding announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack on the second round of Regional Conservation Partnership Programs (RCPP). The RCPP was created by the 2014 Farm Bill to support partnership-driven, innovative conservation projects on farms, ranches and private forest land.

“I’d like to thank USDA Secretary Vilsack and Chief Jason Weller of the Natural Resources Conservation Service for their continuing support of fish and wildlife conservation projects and partnerships that are important to and priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies across the country,” stated AFWA Executive Director Ron Regan. “RCPP is one of many examples of successful collaborative conservation that keeps our lands working for our nation’s fish and wildlife, and all Americans while reducing regulatory threats and risks, providing national food security, and keeping the rural economy humming.”

The 84 projects selected for 2016 included proposed partner matches totaling over $500 million, more than tripling the federal investment alone. These projec
ts will help communities improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agriculture viability. The Association is pleased to see that five of the selected 2016 projects list state fish and wildlife agencies as the lead partners. Twenty-five percent of awarded funds focus on fish and wildlife habitats as the primary resource concern and address a variety of priority species including the greater sage-grouse, monarch butterfly, lesser prairie-chicken, and golden cheeked warbler.

The USDA is committed to invest $1.2 billion in RCPP partnerships over the life of the 2014 Farm Bill. Today’s announcement brings the current USDA commitment to almost $600 million for conservation activities in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Read the USDA’s RCCP announcement
Learn more about AFWA’s Agricultural Conservation Focus Area

> Check out our press release online.

Webinar (recorded): Applying Diversity Best Practices to Conservation Education

We invite you to watch this recorded Conservation Education Strategy's monthly webinar that explores diversity within our agencies and the public that attend our outreach events.
David Buggs, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer with Texas Parks and Wildlife will be our guest presenter.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Webinar: Bsal Rulemaking and Permitting Q&A Session #1

This is the FIRST of three Q&A webinars sponsored by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) to address a) the recent USFWS rulemaking listing salamanders as injurious in the Lacey Act, b) potential impacts to existing research and conservation efforts from the rulemaking, and c) permitting requirements and compliance. Two or more USFWS representatives from the branches involved in the rulemaking and in the permitting, or in law enforcement, will be on the line to answer questions directly.

Rescheduled Date: Feb 8th
Time: 2PM ET
Duration: 2 hours
Register HERE!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Webinar- Power of Empowerment



Register TODAY for Power of Empowerment (POE-101) Webinar

Date: February 11, 2016 from 1-2PM ET.

Course Fee: None

No matter your position, most organizational pressure to perform is self-imposed. It’s a result of being so busy being busy, not doing what you’re really supposed to do, or not understanding your role and responsibility. Learn the truth about your leadership weaknesses and the impact on your team and agency, and position yourself to change your thinking and behaviors.

Simply put, when you do your job better, you are in a better position to help your employees perform theirs better too.

At the end of this webinar, Participants will know the following:

Distinctions between delegate & empower

  • Significance of TRUST
  • Barriers to empowerment
  • Benefits of empowerment
  • Significance of empowerment leadership development

National Conservation Leadership Institute Fellowship Applications



The National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI) will begin accepting nominations for its eleventh Cohort on February 1st, 2016 from state fish and wildlife agencies and the conservation community nationwide. 

In today's rapidly evolving world, organizations face unprecedented challenges that demand professionals with extraordinary leadership skills. NCLI was designed by multiple conservation groups ten years ago to address that demand. Today numerous organizations realize the value of the program, sending employees year after year. Following the world-renowned principles of Adaptive Leadership™, NCLI helps high-achieving conservation professionals learn advanced, adaptive problem-solving skills; establish life-long, high-trust relationships across organizational boundaries; and foster meaningful dialogue among the diverse voices that collectively represent conservation in America.
We encourage you to submit up to three nominations from your agency to compete for one of 36 spaces in this world class leadership development program. Final selection is highly competitive so begin your internal recruitment now. 
As always, applicants to the NCLI must be nominated by their agency director. Nominations will be accepted February 1 until April 30, 2016. Please visit www.conservationleadership.org for further information on the nomination process, or contact Amanda Myers at 304.876.7797.

Staff Contact: Amanda Myers; amandam@matteam.org

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Webinar: Bsal Rulemaking and Permitting Q&A Session #3

Mark your calendars! This is the last of three Q&A webinars sponsored by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to address a) the recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rulemaking listing salamanders as injurious in the Lacey Act, b) potential impacts to existing research and conservation efforts from the rulemaking, and c) permitting requirements, and compliance.
Rescheduled Date: Feb 10
Time: 1 PM ET
Duration:2 hours
Register HERE!

Webinar: Bsal Rulemaking and Permitting Q&A Session #2



Mark your calendars! This is the second of three Q&A webinars sponsored by Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to address a) the recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rulemaking listing salamanders as injurious in the Lacey Act, b) potential impacts to existing research and conservation efforts from the rulemaking, and c) permitting requirements, and compliance.

Rescheduled Date: Feb 9
Time: 1 PM ET
Duration:2 hours
Register HERE!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Jan. 22 Nomination Deadline This Week for Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources




Do you know individuals or organizations that are making a difference to increase understanding of climate impacts on natural resources and/or providing innovative approaches to reducing impacts, improving response capabilities, and increasing resilience in a changing climate?


Nominate them for the new Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources and help us recognize their outstanding efforts to increase awareness and safeguard U.S. natural resources from climate change.

The deadline to submit nominations is January 22, 2016. Learn more at www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/award.

The Climate Adaption Leadership Award is sponsored by the National Fish, Wildlife and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy in partnership with the Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Forest Service, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

Hurry Hurry!

Teaming with Wildlife Fly-in and Release of the Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations

SAVE THE DATE
March 1-2, 2016
Washington, DC




Association Applauds Greater Sage-Grouse Decision

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, speaking for its 50 state fish and wildlife agency members, territories and provinces, today congratulates U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for the federal government's decision not to list the Greater sage-grouse as a threatened or endangered bird under the Endangered Species Act. The Greater sage-grouse lives in 11 of the Western states: California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and has a range reaching across 257,000 square miles, including two Canadian provinces. AFWA President Dave Chanda, Director, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, wishes to express AFWA's members' gratitude for the states, the federal agencies, the ranchers and the energy industry leaders that came together to protect the sagebrush habitat and this iconic western bird. Chanda stated, "In this unprecedented collaboration between federal, state and local agencies, and the private sector, we have gained enormous experience in what we can accomplish on a landscape scale when we work together."

> Check out this and other news releases.

Environment Canada releases its new 2015 Migratory Game Bird Hunting e-Permit

On August 4, 2015, Environment Canada launched an improved e-Permitting system to allow the purchase of printable electronic Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) Permits online. The e-Permit is available to hunters in Canada and the United States. On average, 17,225 U.S. hunters purchase the MGBH permit each year in Canada. The MGBH e-permitting system is available at the following web link: permis-permits.ec.gc.ca/en

The National Conservation Leadership Institute Announces the Fellows of Cohort 10



The National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI) is pleased to announce the 10th cohort of 36 Fellows for the 2015-2016 leadership development program. These conservation professionals will join the ranks of Fellows, now alumni, previously selected since 2006 from state agencies, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations and companies working in the natural resources industry. NCLI Fellows have become widely regarded as future senior leaders who will help to build a conservation legacy for the next generation.

Dawn Anderson, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks 
Scott Anderson, North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission 
Peter Bangs, Alaska Department of Fish and Game  
Mandy Chadwick, Caterpillar, Inc.  
Steve Chadwick, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Karie Decker, Nebraska Department of Game and Fish 
Paul Dey, Wyoming Game and Fish Department 
Jennifer Doherty, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation  
Patricia Dorsey, Colorado Parks and Wildlife 
Billy Dukes, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Geofrey Eckerlin, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Guy Foulks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service    
Dan Garren, Idaho Department of Game and Fish
Christine Hall, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
Mandy Harling, National Wild Turkey Federation
Gerold Holden, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Alan Jenne, Nevada Department of Wildlife
William Labiosa, USGS Northwest Region
Michael Larson, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Mike Livingston, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Eric Lobner, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Kristin Madden, New Mexico Game and Fish

Kirsten Mauritzson, Caterpillar, Inc.   
Michelle McClure, NOAA Fisheries
Craig McMullen, Arizona Game and Fish Department
 
Kara Meckley, NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation 
Adam Miller, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

Brian Moyer, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries   
Louise Murgia, Society of American Foresters
Eben Paxton, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center 
Carole Stanko, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife
Catherine Phillips, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  
Stephen Shea, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 
Jason Sumners, Missouri Department of Conservation  
Matt Wagner, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 
Ted Will, Georgia Department of Natural Resources 

The 36 Fellows of Cohort 10 will begin their intensive 8-month training experience at the National Conservation Training Center in October 2015. They will join an ever-growing network of more than 317 professionals who have come together from conservation organizations across the nation to further develop their leadership capacity through the NCLI experience. 

> To learn more about the NCLI, go to conservationleadership.org 

The Summer Issue of The AFWA Strategist- Now Online!

The Summer issue of The AFWA Strategist is now available! Articles include brief updates on re-authorization of the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund; State and Tribal Wildlife Grant Program FY16 Funding; ESA Petition Rule, information about two upcoming Blue Ribbon Plan Listening Sessions; details about FWA's upcoming Annual Meeting; and more.

> Download the Summer 2015 issue of the AFWA Strategist

Thursday, May 28, 2015

AFWA's HQ office move


AFWA HQ is in a whirl of activity as we prepare to move to our new office starting tomorrow. Well, I guess that's what happens when you're boxing up 100+ years of Association history. We'll be back up and running on June 2nd!


Please note our new address:
1100 First Street NE
Suite 825
Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 202/838-3474
Fax: 202/350-9869 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA’s Proposal on Endangered Species Petitions Regulations


The Association of Fish &  Wildlife Agencies applauds the intent of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (the Services) announcement today to increase engagement with state fish and wildlife agencies in formulating petitions to list species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).          

As part of the Services’ proposal, petitioners would be required to consult with state fish and wildlife agencies prior to filing ESA petitions. AFWA agrees with the Services that this action is consistent with the intent of the Endangered Species Act—that listing decisions be based on the best available science. 

The proposal acknowledges the states’ substantial experience, expertise and information relevant to the conservation of at-risk species. It also directs the Secretary of the Interior to account for the efforts being made by state agencies to protect species when considering listing petitions.

The Association also appreciates the Services’ recognition of the states’ jurisdiction and responsibility for managing and conserving freshwater fish, wildlife and plant species and respect for the states’ special conservation role and responsibilities. Pro-active conservation programs to keep imperiled species off the Endangered Species List are more successful and considerably less costly to American taxpayers than the “emergency room” approach that goes into effect under the ESA. 

AFWA encourages Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and the Services to continue to work closely with their state agency partners in the critical work ahead to conserve the great diversity of our nation’s fish, wildlife and plant species.


To read the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's official announcement, go to www.fws.gov.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Have you checked out AFWA's 2014 Annual Report yet?

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies released its 2014 Annual Report featuring cover photography by George Andrejko of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

As AFWA’s 2014-2015 President, Larry Voyles, shares in his welcome letter, “Every hour of every day, the greatest conservation system in the world is hard at work safeguarding North America’s precious fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.”

Throughout the pages in the report, the Association considers the gas, the grease and the heart that drive the intricate machine of fish and wildlife conservation on a continental and hemispheric scale across a tapestry of public and private lands.

The report also reflects AFWA’s four strategic goals to (1) advocate for sound conservation policies and legislation; (2) secure and sustain funding for conservation; (3) strengthen conservation partnerships; and (4) support members’ engagement within the Association. 

Download and share a PDF version of AFWA's 2014 Annual Report 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

AFWA's Management Assistance Team is Looking for a Professional Development Programs Manager


The Professional Development Programs Manager is a key member of AFWA's Management Assistance Team (MAT) located in Shepherdstown, WV on the campus of the National Conservation Training Center. MAT is the Association’s professional development (PD) unit, which supports state fish and wildlife agency management, leadership and other programmatic needs. 

The Programs Manager is responsible for research, planning, design, development and evaluation of PD programs, as well as the facilitation of those programs, including instruction. 

If you would like to learn more about this career opportunity, go to www.matteam.org/announcement-position-opening/. The application period is open through June 5 or until filled.