SEAFWA News

News about Association actions, agencies, and individual members.

Alabama Agency Recognized for Diverse Workforce Recruitment and Outdoor Awareness
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) named the 2019 SEAFWA Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Award winner
October 30, 2019
South Carolina

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has received the 2019 Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) at their annual meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina this week. The Alabama agency was recognized for multiple efforts to engage racial minorities, women and people with disabilities.

ADCNR has shown exceptional leadership in working to diversify its workforce, an important challenge that must be faced to better serve people of all backgrounds into the future. Their work...

State Agency Directors Gather for the Spring Directors Meeting
Agenda items in Charleston, WV included a visit to an elk restoration area
April 18, 2019
West Virginia

Paul Johansen, Chief, Wildlife Resources Section, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, hosted the 2019 Spring Directors’  Meeting in Charleston, WV, April 3-5. Directors visited an elk restoration area where the habitat had been restored from mining operations.  Mining operations are still active in the immediate vicinity of the elk restoration area.

The Directors’ business meeting included a vote to extend the term of office from one (1) to two (2) years for President, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer.  President Charles Sykes, Vice-President...

Former State Director Recognized by Regional Peers
Bob Duncan capped his 40 year conservation career as the Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
April 17, 2019
West Virginia

 Directors recognized Bob Duncan at the 2019 Spring Directors Meeting with a Resolution for his dedicated professional service to conservation, SEAFWA, and The Wildlife Society. Bob recently retired as the Director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The professional wildlife community will miss Bob’s enthusiastic approach to “getting it done” for wildlife and fisheries.

Oklahoma Biologist Honored by Regional Peers
Melynda Hickman named 2018 SEAFWA Wildlife Biologist of the Year
October 25, 2018
Alabama

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named Melynda Hickman the 2018 Wildlife Biologist of the Year at their annual meeting in Mobile this week. Hickman is a Wildlife Diversity Biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC).

“Melynda was selected by her peers for a clear dedication to promoting and conserving Oklahoma’s natural resources,” SEAFWA President Chuck Sykes said. “Her engagement in public education events and programs establish connections with future generations that all of our state agencies and the wildlife we...

Mississippi Biologist Honored by Regional Peers
Tom Holman named 2018 SEAFWA Fisheries Biologist of the Year
October 25, 2018
Alabama

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named Tom Holman the 2018 Fisheries Biologist of the Year at their annual meeting in Mobile this week. Holman has been a fisheries biologist for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) since 1988.

“Tom has provided unwavering leadership in fisheries research and management for Mississippi’s state agency for three decades,” SEAFWA President Chuck Sykes said. “His efforts and outstanding reputation are appreciated beyond the borders of the Magnolia State, and this award clearly...

UGA Professor Receives Highest Honor from Regional Wildlife Agencies
Dr. Karl V. Miller named 2018 SEAFWA C. W. Watson Award winner
October 25, 2018
Alabama

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Wheatley Distinguished Professor of Deer Management Karl Miller, Ph.D. the 2018 C. W. Watson Award winner at their annual meeting in Mobile this week. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association.

“While the careers of many wildlife professionals focus on one general area, Dr. Miller’s accomplishments encompass white-tailed deer management practices, forest management impacts to wildlife habitat, and the education of future wildlife professionals,” said...

Missouri Officer Honored by Regional Peers
Andy Barnes named 2018 SEAFWA Wildlife Officer of the Year
October 25, 2018
Alabama

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Andy Barnes the 2018 Colonel Bob Brantley Wildlife Officer of the Year at their annual meeting in Mobile this week. Barnes is a conservation officer for the Missouri Department of Conservation.

“Today’s conservation enforcement officers wear many hats. They assist other law enforcement officers with everything from search and rescue to manhunts. They are the primary face of our state agencies to the public. They mentor, educate, promote, serve and protect,” SEAFWA President Chuck Sykes said. “Agent Barnes...

Alabama Agency Honored by Regional Peers for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources named the 2018 SEAFWA Diversity and Inclusion Award winner
October 25, 2018
Alabama

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) as the 2018 SEAFWA Diversity and Inclusion Award winner at their annual meeting in Mobile this week. The ADCNR’s Collegiate Mentoring Program assists minority students who desire to work with fish and wildlife agencies in gaining meaningful hands-on experience with different outdoor activities.

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) as the 2018 SEAFWA...

MINRC Application Now Open for the 2018 SEAFWA Annual Conference
Applications due by September 7th
June 12, 2018
Alabama

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) is an organization whose members are the state and federal agencies with primary responsibility for management and protection of the fish and wildlife resources in 16 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Its objectives are to cultivate friendly relations and mutual understanding among officials engaged in natural resources conservation and to coordinate the programs they administer. SEAFWA also promotes public understanding and appreciation of the importance of conserving natural resources and encourages...

C. W. Watson Award Nominations Now Open
Nominations accepted until August 31st
May 22, 2018

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 C. W. Watson Award. The Award is given to the nominee who has contributed the most to any of the appropriate areas of fish and wildlife conservation in the southeast.

The Award can be given for a single accomplishment or a series of nonrelated items. According to Committee Chair, Bob Duncan, “The level of competition is so keen for this Award that the category of Career Achievement comes to my mind although the Award is not based on tenure or length of service”.

This year’s C. W. Watson Award Committee is chaired by Director...