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 to download and share a PDF version.

To receive a hard copy of AFWA's 2015 Annual Report, email

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