SEAFWA Initiatives

Initiatives and programs that are driven by the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.


BearWise logo

The BearWise® program was developed by black bear biologists and is supported by state wildlife agencies. You can trust BearWise to have sound information and smart solutions that help people, neighborhoods, and communities prevent problems and keep bears wild.

Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy

Southeast Conservation Adaptation Strategy (SECAS) is a regional conservation initiative that spans the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean. SECAS was started in 2011 by the states of the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and the federal agencies of the Southeast Natural Resource Leaders Group. SECAS emerged as a response to the unprecedented challenges facing our natural and cultural resources, like urban growth and climate change. We see these challenges as an opportunity to coordinate conservation action and investment around a shared strategy.

Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study

The Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) was founded in 1957 by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to determine the cause of widespread die-offs of white-tailed deer. An agreement with the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine led to a headquarters and support facilities in Athens, GA, where SCWDS became the first diagnostic and research service to be established for the specific purpose of investigating wildlife diseases.

SCWDS objectives are to:

  • detect causes of sickness and death in wildlife
  • define the impact of diseases and parasites upon wild animal populations
  • delineate disease interrelationships between wildlife and domestic livestock
  • determine the role of wildlife in transmission of human diseases

SCWDS Website