Wednesday, April 2, 2014

AFWA Urges President Obama to Improve Coordination with State Fish and Wildlife Agencies on the Administration’s Energy, Climate and Natural Resource Conservation Policies

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday asking him to pause and better integrate state fish and wildlife agency considerations into his Administration’s energy, climate and conservation initiatives and processes to avoid unintended consequence to the management of the nation’s fish and wildlife resources.

In the letter, AFWA extends its appreciation to the President for promoting the outdoor recreational economy and natural resource conservation, particularly America’s Great Outdoors and the administration’s Climate Action Plan.

However, the Association expresses concern over the need and desire for improved coordination with state agencies on several of the President’s priorities including Executive Order 13604 on Improving Performance of Federal Permitting and Review of Infrastructure Projects; the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Assessment; the clean energy economy and similar initiatives. Through greater alignment, early in the planning process, state and federal agencies can ensure they do not work at cross-purposes, and that fish and wildlife resources are conserved in the Administration’s “All of the Above Energy Strategy.”

AFWA’s letter requests a meeting with the President’s senior advisors on energy, the environment and climate change to discuss perspectives and determine a collaborative path forward.