Statement from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Supporting the Introduction of the Abandoned Mine Land Reauthorization Act
Mar 10, 2021, 2:09 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies strongly supports the introduction of the Abandoned Mine Land Reauthorization Act. This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Land Trust Fund, which is set to expire in September 2021. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA-08) and Representative Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15) introduced this bill today in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
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Invasive Zebra Mussels Found Nation-Wide in Aquarium Plant Product
Mar 8, 2021, 11:20 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies joins federal and state wildlife agencies across the country urging the proper disposal and halted sale of live “moss ball” aquarium plants due to confirmed reports of products containing living zebra mussels. This aquatic invasive species has proven impossible to eradicate once a colony is established, causing irreversible ecosystem damage, destroying habitats, and killing native species.
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Advancing the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy into a New Decade Report Now Available
Jan 26, 2021, 9:47 AM
The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is pleased to announce the release of a new report “Advancing the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy into a New Decade”. This is an update on the 2012 Strategy which was designed to enable natural resource managers to take effective steps towards climate adaptation. The new report presents an update of the science and practice, with a special section on Indigenous Knowledge systems, demonstrates implementation progress, and provides recommendations for the future.
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Wildlife Monograph Publication on Best Management Practices for Trapping- Largest Trapping Study Ever Conducted
Dec 29, 2020, 3:30 PM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) is excited to announce the recent publication titled “Best Management Practices for Trapping Furbearers in the United States” in Wildlife Monographs. This new publication is a culmination of over two decades of scientific research - by far the largest trap testing study ever conducted. The article is a product of AFWA’s Furbearer Management and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Trapping Program, a program created to improve animal welfare in U.S. trapping programs by identifying traps that achieve internationally acceptable injury thresholds while remaining efficient and safe, and promoting their use among trappers, researchers, and managers who use traps to capture wildlife.
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The Association Applauds Congress and the Administration for Enacting the Historic America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (S.3051)
Oct 30, 2020, 3:08 PM
Today, the Association, along with the nation’s hunters, anglers, conservationists, and outdoor enthusiasts of every kind, celebrated the President’s signing of the most important fish and wildlife legislation enacted this congressional session, S. 3051, the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (ACE Act). The bill ensures continuation of two of the most successful conservation programs in the nation’s history, with reauthorization of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and codification of the National Fish Habitat Partnership. It provides measures to combat the most pressing disease currently threatening deer species, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), through formation of a state and federal Task Force and the direction of research on CWD transmission and pathways. Among other vital provisions, the Chesapeake Bay program is reauthorized, and states are ensured the necessary authority to continue regulating types of fishing tackle based on localized effects for the next five years.
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Fish and Wildlife Conservationists Praise Congress for Passing the America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (S.3051)
Oct 1, 2020, 3:33 PM
Today, fish and wildlife conservation organizations applauded the historic passage of bipartisan legislation to conserve our nation’s natural resources, from fish and wildlife and their habitats to the vast multitude of species and ecosystems that will benefit from these robust restoration efforts made possible through S. 3051, The America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (ACE Act).
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AFWA Recommends 38 Priority Projects for the 2021 Multistate Conservation Grant Cycle
Sep 25, 2020, 9:08 AM
During its 110th Annual Meeting, held virtually September 9th – 15th, the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agency’s members recommended the approval of 38 projects to be funded through the Multistate Conservation Grant Program (MSCGP). 
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AFWA Honors its 2020 Annual Awards Recipients
Sep 15, 2020, 11:07 AM
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies recognized eleven individuals, three state agencies and one private landowner for their dedication to advancing fish and wildlife conservation at the Association’s Annual Awards Ceremony held virtually on September 14, 2020.
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Sara Parker Pauley Elected 2020-2021 President of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Sep 15, 2020, 9:52 AM
The membership of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) elected Sara Parker Pauley, Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation, as its new president during its 110th Virtual Annual Meeting. Director Pauley will serve as AFWA President through September 2021.
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Six Honored for Safeguarding America’s Valuable Natural Resources
Sep 10, 2020, 3:00 PM
Today at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting, six organizations and individuals were honored by their peers as recipients of the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources. The Climate Adaptation Leadership Award was established in 2016 to recognize exemplary leadership in the field of climate adaptation and the protection of the Nation’s vital natural resources and the people who depend on them in a changing world.
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