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Hearing Held on Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

AFS is proud to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA). The congressional hearing on February 15 was a great step toward advancing this important legislation to provide state fish and wildlife agencies with the resources they need to conduct proactive conservation and to reverse species population declines. Witness Bob Ziehmer, Senior Director of Conservation... Read More

State Wildlife Action Plan Success Story: The Guadalupe Bass

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) will secure $1.3 billion annually for state fish and wildlife agencies to undertake significant, proactive conservation of imperiled species. This will provide dedicated funding for State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs), which assess the health of fish and wildlife within each state and outline the conservation actions necessary to prevent... Read More

Clean Water Act Policy Rider

There continues to be a concern that a policy rider in a Senate Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that exempts the repeal of the Clean Water Rule from the Administrative Procedures Act might make its way to final passage of a Fiscal Year 2018 spending bill.  Earlier this year, the CASS groups sent... Read More

Pebble Mine: Stakeholder Concerns over Fisheries Impacts Sway EPA

After hearing directly from stakeholders and the people of Alaska, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is suspending its process to withdraw the proposed restrictions on Pebble Mine. This decision would leave the restrictions in place while the agency receives more information on the potential mine’s impact.  In a statement released on January 26, the agency said,... Read More

AFS Objects to EPA’s Withdrawal of Pebble Mine Determination

UPDATE: The Pebble Limited Partnership has filed its permit application with the Corps of Engineers which has determined that it will conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to comply with its NEPA review of the project. The lengthy process requires that a comprehensive “alternatives assessment” be undertaken to consider a broad range of development alternatives... Read More

Thank you, Tom Bigford

With the new year comes bittersweet news from AFS headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland: Tom Bigford is retiring as Director of Policy, with Drue Winters taking his place at the helm. “While Tom will continue to participate in AFS activities as a member of the Society, his invaluable expertise and persona will be greatly missed. Tom... Read More

Policy Outlook for 2018

AFS had plenty of reasons to stand up for fish and aquatic resources in 2017. From the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts to conservation funding to the repeal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS), the Society has been working to ensure that Congress and federal agencies consider the best available science when... Read More