The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Applauds the Introduction of the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act
Mar 14, 2019, 9:28 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the introduction of the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships Act this week in both the House and the Senate (S.754). This legislation aims to codify the National Fish Habitat Partnership, whose mission is to protect, restore and enhance the nation's fish and aquatic communities through partnerships that foster fish habitat conservation and improve the quality of life for the American people. Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) and Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX) in the House, and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) introduced these bipartisan bills on March 12, 2019.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is Pleased about the Passage of the Public Lands Bill
Mar 13, 2019, 1:11 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies was pleased to see President Trump sign into law S.47, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (formerly known as the Natural Resources Management Act). This bipartisan legislation permanently authorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a significant tool for increasing recreational access to public lands and supporting fish and wildlife habitat. This public lands package also contains more than 100 local and regional public lands bills that aim to benefit sportsmen and women.
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Approves Statement on the Cause of Chronic Wasting Disease
Mar 12, 2019, 11:43 AM
Last week, at the 84th North American Wildlife & Natural Resources Conference, state directors approved a statement entitled Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Statement on Chronic Wasting Disease Etiology during the of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies business meeting. This statement was drafted by leading experts in wildlife disease management and affirms the current scientific consensus that Chronic Wasting Disease, a 100% fatal disease of deer, elk, moose, and reindeer, is caused by a misfolded protein called a ‘prion.’
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and Partners Seek Nominations for the Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards- Nominations due by May 18th
Feb 28, 2019, 9:09 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and its members and partners are seeking nominations for the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award (Award) which recognizes outstanding efforts to increase the resilience of America’s valuable living natural resources and the many people, businesses and communities that depend on them.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Mourns the Death of Former Rep. John Dingell, Jr.
Feb 12, 2019, 12:08 PM
Last week the conservation community lost a great conservation hero. Congressman John Dingell, Jr. was the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history and one of the greatest advocates for conservation policy. The Dingell family has been representing Michigan in Congress since 1933, first with Dingell’s father and currently with his wife, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.
Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act in the Senate
Feb 7, 2019, 5:25 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies supports the introduction of the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act. This bill would enlist the assistance of the National Academies of Science, in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to help identify the predominant transmission pathways for the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), evaluate current practices to manage and control the disease, and recommend prioritized research and other actions that should be taken to reduce and control the spread of CWD across the country. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), along with Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) and Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the legislation on February 7, 2019. This bill pairs with similar legislation introduced in the House earlier this week by Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-LA).
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Welcomes the Acting Secretary to Lead Department of the Interior
Feb 5, 2019, 3:17 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies welcomes the recently nominated David Bernhardt as the next Secretary of the Interior.
The Association Applauds the Introduction of Legislation to Modernize the Pittman-Robertson Fund Act
Jan 31, 2019, 12:09 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is excited to see the reintroduction of legislation to modernize the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (HR 877). This bipartisan legislation clarifies that the Pittman-Robertson(P-R) Fund can be used by state fish and wildlife agencies for outreach, communication, and education of hunters and recreational target shooters, including focused efforts on the recruitment, retention, and reactivation of hunters and recreational shooters through R3 initiatives without increasing taxes or existing user fees. Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA), along with Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX), Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), introduced the legislation yesterday.
Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act in the House
Jan 30, 2019, 10:11 AM
Today, Congressman Ralph Abraham (R-LA) introduced the Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission in Cervidae Study Act (HR 837) in the House. This bill aims to hinder the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) which has spread in wild and captive herds across North America. The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the reintroduction of this important legislation which, if passed, would provide essential scientific information required to combat this devastating disease which threatens our nation’s wildlife resources.
The Association Commends the Service for Opening 38 Refuges
Jan 9, 2019, 12:02 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife agencies learned yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for the next 30 days, using previously appropriated funds, will bring back a limited number of employees to resume work on high priority projects and activities at 38 National Wildlife Refuges.