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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AFWA Invests over $10 Million in Strategic Conservation Through the Multistate Conservation Grant Program
Oct 3, 2023, 9:38 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies invested $10.6 million in conservation by approving 55 projects through the Multistate Conservation Grant Program. Association members formally endorsed these grants, which address critical conservation needs, at its 113th Annual Meeting, held September 23-27, 2023, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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State Fish & Wildlife Agency Directors Pass Seven Resolutions at AFWA’s 2023 Annual Meeting
Oct 2, 2023, 2:47 PM
The voting membership of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies passed seven resolutions during its Business Meeting held on September 27, 2023, in Calgary, Canada.
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The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Applauds Congress’ Endorsement of Funding for Critical Outdoor Youth Education Programming
Sep 27, 2023, 7:35 PM
Today, during the business session of the 113th Annual Meeting of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies, the directors unanimously endorsed and applauded members of Congress for advancing bipartisan legislation to ensure students and schools can continue to access Department of Education funding for archery, hunter education, recreational shooting, and other outdoor enrichment programming.
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AFWA Supports USFWS Decision to Reject CBDs Petition
Jun 7, 2023, 10:02 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to reject a Center for Biological Diversity’s petition to undertake a national rulemaking concerning lead ammunition and tackle on the National Wildlife Refuge System (Refuge System).
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Innovative BearWise Initiative Expands Across America
May 24, 2023, 9:50 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is excited to announce that BearWise has now been adopted by 39 states and is being utilized by people nationwide. BearWise meets the growing need for consistent information on living responsibly with black bears. This innovative program provides information supported by sound science and useful resources that give people, neighborhoods, communities, and businesses practical ways to prevent human-bear conflicts and help keep bears wild.
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The Association is Soliciting Full Proposals for 2024 Multistate Conservation Grant Program
Apr 27, 2023, 8:59 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies is soliciting Full Proposals for the 2024 Multistate Conservation Grant Program which funds projects that address regional or national level priorities of state fish and wildlife agencies. The deadline for submitting Full Proposals for the 2024 cycle is June 15, 2023.
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State of the Bats in North America Report Released
Apr 17, 2023, 10:22 AM
Today, the North American Bat Conservation Alliance (NABCA) published the first ever State of the Bats in North America report, highlighting the importance of bat conservation, not only for their biodiversity value, but for the ecosystem and economic services bats provide in terms of pest control, pollination, seed dispersal, ecotourism, and their contributions to innovation and science. The report also indicates that 47% of the 154 known bat species across North America are at risk of severe population decline in the next 15 years.
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