The Association Applauds Introduction of Legislation Reauthorizing ACE Act
Feb 9, 2024, 3:01 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Association) applauds introduction of the America’s Conservation Enhancement Reauthorization Act of 2024, which will reauthorize core conservation programs and bolster natural resource management across the nation. Today, on February 9, the bill was introduced by the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
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The Association Applauds House Passage of WILD and SHARKED Acts
Feb 9, 2024, 9:40 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Association) applauds the House of Representatives for passing the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver Reauthorization Act (WILD Act, HR 5009) and the Supporting the Health of Aquatic Systems through Research, Knowledge, and Enhanced Dialogue Act (SHARKED Act, H.R. 4051). On February 5, the full House passed both bills by unanimous vote.
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Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Joins Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference
Jan 26, 2024, 10:12 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) voted to become a long-term partner for Pathways: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training, the organization announced January 26. Along with the founding cohost, Colorado State University’s Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR), AFWA will cohost the upcoming Pathways conferences in North America.
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AFWA and Private Forest Owners Sign Agreement to Advance Collaborative Conservation of Wildlife on Private Working Forest Nationwide
Jan 12, 2024, 10:58 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) announces a new collaboration with the National Alliance of Forest Owners (NAFO), formalized through a recent memorandum of understanding, focused on advancing the conservation of at-risk and listed species within private working forests nationwide in conjunction with NAFO’s Wildlife Conservation Initiative (WCI).
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The Association Applauds Passage of Duck Stamp Modernization
Dec 12, 2023, 3:24 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Association) applauds Congress for passing the Duck Stamp Modernization Act of 2023, S. 788. On Tuesday, December 12, the full House passed the bill by a vote of 403-20, following passage in the Senate by Unanimous Consent earlier this year.
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The Association Applauds Conservation Funded by America the Beautiful Challenge
Nov 14, 2023, 4:04 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Association) applauds the Biden-Harris Administration and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as they announce over $140 Million in Grants from the America the Beautiful Challenge to Restore Lands and Waters (Challenge). Today, the Administration announced that 74 new grants across 46 states, three U.S. territories, and 21 Tribal Nations have been selected for locally led ecosystem restoration projects under the public-private grant program.
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The Association Applauds Advancement of Legislation Enabling Conservation Partnerships
Oct 26, 2023, 2:38 PM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (Association) applauds Congress for advancing the Wildlife Innovation and Longevity Driver Reauthorization Act (WILD Act, HR 5009) and the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education, and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2023 (SEEE Act, H.R. 4770). On Thursday, October 26, the House Committee on Natural Resources favorably reported both bills to the full House by unanimous consent.
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2022 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Watching Shows Economic Contribution of $395 billion to US Economy
Oct 12, 2023, 3:04 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is pleased to see the final report on the 2022 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The survey show that hunting and fishing contributed $145 billion to the US economy while wildlife watching contributed another $250 billion, 39 million people (15% of the U.S. population 16 years and older) participated in recreational fishing, 14 million people (5.5% of the U.S. population 16 years and older) participated in hunting, 148+ million people participated in wildlife watching, 47+ million people participated in target shooting, and 19+ million people participated in archery.
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Chuck Sykes Elected 2023-2024 President of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Oct 4, 2023, 11:23 AM
The membership of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (Association) elected Chuck Sykes, Director of the Alabama Division of Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries, as its new president during its 113th Annual Meeting in Calgary, Canada.
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AFWA Honors its 2023 Annual Awards Recipients
Oct 3, 2023, 12:02 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) recognized nine individuals, two state agencies, one federal agency, and one private landowner for their dedication to advancing fish and wildlife conservation at the Association’s Annual Awards Ceremony held both in person and virtually on September 26, 2023, in Calgary, Canada.
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