The Ad Hoc Lead and Wildlife Working Group was established by the WAFWA directors in July 2009. Membership includes the Chairs of WAFWA’s Wildlife Heath Committee, Human Dimensions Committee, and Resource Information and Education Committee; the Chairs of the Wildlife Chiefs and Fish Chiefs; and the Directors of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The working group’s approved Statement of Purpose follows:
“The purpose of the Ad Hoc Lead and Wildlife Working Group is to assess and apprise Association members of emerging issues and science related to the topic of lead and wildlife, and develop recommendations for the Directors’ consideration when deemed necessary.”
The current Chair of the Ad Hoc Lead and Wildlife Working Group is Curt Melcher, Director, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The Wildlife Chiefs’ Wolverine Sub-Committee was established by the WAFWA Directors in January 2015. As such, it is the most recent working unit to be organized within WAFWA to address an identified need. The first meeting of the sub-committee was held in July 2015 in Reno, Nevada. Sub-Committee membership includes the Wildlife Chiefs from those western states where wolverines currently exist.
The working group’s approved Statement of Purpose follows:
“1. Develop a statistically defensible multi-state monitoring plan for states where wolverine populations exist (WY, MT, ID, WA);
2. Seek funding to implement the monitoring plan;
3. Coordinate development of individual state wolverine conservation plans for states with suitable wolverine habitat; and
4. Coordinate and prioritize research efforts.”
This is a time-limited sub-committee of the Wildlife Chiefs that can be dissolved once the major work is accomplished.
The current Chair of the Wildlife Chiefs’ Wolverine Sub-Committee is Jeff Gould, Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The current Director Sponsor of the Wildlife Chiefs’ Wolverine Sub-Committee is Virgil Moore, Director, Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
The Directors ESA/SARA Working Group was established by the WAFWA directors in 2002. The first meeting of the working group was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 13 of that year. The working group’s membership includes the Directors of the fish and wildlife agencies in the 19 western states, three Canadian provinces and one Canadian territory.
“To identify and address issues pertaining to implementation and authorization of the Endangered Species Act and Species at Risk Act, including providing policy guidance and direction to the Nongame and Endangered Species Committee.”
The working group meets annually in conjunction with the WAFWA annual conference. This is typically an extended breakfast meeting and participation by others is by invitation only. The current Chair of the Directors ESA/SARA Working Group is Tony Wasley, Director, Nevada Department of Wildlife.
The issues confronting wild sheep today are larger and more complex than ever. To address these challenges, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) created a Wild Sheep Working Group in 2007. Comprised of representatives from 19 state, provincial, and territorial jurisdictions with wild sheep, Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service, the Working Group was established specifically to 1) identify priority topics and management challenges to wild sheep in the western United States (U.S.) and Canada; 2) collaboratively develop solutions to those challenges; and 3) foster strong relationships between wild sheep agencies and wild sheep advocates.
The Working Group has successfully developed solutions for addressing the concerns and problems identified through a comprehensive assessment of all facets of wild sheep management in the western U.S. and Canada. A number of popular articles, reports, publications and mapping projects for use by agencies and the public have been completed. Important technical information and training opportunities for members have also been developed.
The current Chair of the Wild Sheep Working Group is Clay Brewer, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the current Director Sponsor of the Wild Sheep Working Group is Tony Wasley, Director, Nevada Division of Wildlife.
The establishment of the Western Quail Working Group (WQWG) was approved by the WAFWA directors in July 2009. The first meeting of the group was in Tucson, Arizona on January 9, 2011. Membership to the WQWG includes representatives from state and federal wildlife agencies who are knowledgeable about these quail species and have management responsibilities within their respective jurisdiction, or in the case of the federal agencies, have land management responsibilities and oversight.
“The purpose of the group is to implement the habitat objectives and management recommendations outlined in the Western Quail Management Plan.”
The working group has developed and the directors have approved and executed a Memorandum of Understanding among the involved states of WAFWA in furtherance of this Statement of Purpose (click here). The MOU still provides guidance and direction to the working group.
The Western Quail Management Plan was published in January 2010 by The Wildlife Management Institute (click here) and was a collaborative effort by many organizations, entities and agencies, but one that could not have been completed without the support and staff time obligated by WAFWA member agencies to write this conservation plan.
The current Chair of the Western Quail Working Group is Rey Sanchez, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The current Director Sponsor of the Western Quail Working Group is Alexandra Sandoval, Director, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.
The Mule Deer Working Group was established by the WAFWA directors in 1997. Membership in the group consists of technical experts and managers from each member state and Canadian province.
“The purpose of the group is to: 1) develop strategies to assist in management of declining mule deer populations throughout the West; 2) improve communication among mule deer biologists throughout the West; and 3) provide a forum to respond to information needs from agency administration.”
The working group has been very successful in addressing mule and black-tailed deer concerns among wildlife agencies in western North America and has produced numerous publications and reports since its inception - intended for agency use and public consumption.
The current Chair of the Mule Deer Working Group is Jim Heffelfinger, Arizona Game and Fish Department. The current Director Sponsor of the Mule Deer Working Group is Greg Sheehan, Director, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
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