SEAFWA News

News about Association actions, agencies, and individual members.

New Workshop for Coastal Wetland Wildlife Managers
Created by the McGraw Center for Conservation Leadership and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
December 21, 2017

One hundred years ago, wildlife biologists began determining which plant species provided food and cover for ducks and geese and then how to manage coastal wetlands to promote those plants. Within decades, that knowledge was the basis for managing water levels, water salinity, fire, and land acquisition on the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts. By the end of the last century, that knowledge also was being used to improve habitat for wading birds, shorebirds, and other associated species habitat and also in efforts to combat coastal wetland loss.

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Request for Law Enforcement Award Nominations
Nominations for the 2018 Guy Bradley Award will be open until December 28th
December 1, 2017

In 1905, a Florida game warden named Guy Bradley became the first wildlife law enforcement agent killed while performing his duties to protect the nation’s wildlife. Law enforcement agents like Bradley are essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation, from recovering endangered species to managing waterfowl and big game resources.  In honor of Guy Bradley, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation established this lifetime achievement award to recognize individuals for their commitment and performance in the field of wildlife law enforcement.

The Guy Bradley...

Alabama Officer Honored by Regional Peers
Brad Hasamear named 2017 SEAFWA Wildlife Officer of the Year
November 2, 2017
Kentucky

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named Brad Hasamear the 2017 Colonel Bob Brantley Wildlife Officer of the Year at their annual meeting in Louisville this week. Stewart is a senior conservation officer for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“Today’s Conservation Enforcement Officers must be educator, mentor, public relations officer, hunting and fishing promoter, search and rescue professional, and law enforcement,” SEAFWA President Alvin Taylor said. “Senior Officer Hasamear meets every one of these demands with a positive...

Former USFWS Leader Receives Highest Honor from Regional Wildlife Agencies
Cindy Dohner named the 2017 SEAFWA C. W. Watson Award Winner
October 31, 2017
Kentucky

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s former Southeast Regional Director Cindy Dohner the 2017 C. W. Watson Award winner at their annual meeting in Louisville this week. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Association.

“Cindy has been a visionary in wildlife management and partnership engagement,” said SEAFWA President Alvin Taylor. “Conservation leaders across the nation are looking at her groundbreaking efforts to establish a unified, all-encompassing plan for conservation in her region, and...

Agency Honored by Regional Peers for Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) named as the 2017 SEAFWA Diversity and Inclusion Award winner in the category of Diversity Outreach and Education
October 31, 2017
Kentucky

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies named the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) as the 2017 SEAFWA Diversity and Inclusion Award winner in the category of Diversity Outreach and Education at their annual meeting in Louisville this week. The AGFC’s Family and Community Fishing Program partners with community organizations to raise the profile and awareness of conservation within the state’s growing minority communities.

“The AGFC’s Family and Community Fishing Program has been providing family friendly fishing experiences in the state's more largely...

Virginia Biologist Honored by Regional Peers
George C. Palmer Named 2017 SEAFWA Fisheries Biologist of the Year
October 31, 2017
Kentucky

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named George C. Palmer the 2017 Fisheries Biologist of the Year at their annual meeting in Louisville this week. Palmer has been an aquatic biologist for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) since 2000.

“George Palmer has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to the fisheries resources and the users of these resources throughout his career,” SEAFWA President Alvin Taylor said. “His efforts and outstanding reputation are appreciated beyond the borders of Virginia.”

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Tennessee Biologist Honored by Regional Peers
Dan Gibbs of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) named 2017 SEAFWA Wildlife Biologist of the Year
October 31, 2017
Kentucky

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) named Dan Gibbs the 2017 Wildlife Biologist of the Year at their annual meeting in Louisville this week. Gibbs is the Bear Program Leader for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

“Dan’s ability to analyze and interpret data then relate it to the management of a wildlife species has been instrumental in establishing bear hunt zones based on the best science available,” SEAFWA President Alvin Taylor said. “He works closely with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cherokee National Forest,...

Archery Trade Association Head Honored by State Wildlife Agencies
Jay McAninch given 2017 SEAFWA Directors’ Special Recognition Award
October 31, 2017
Kentucky

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) presented CEO and President of the Archery Trade Association Jay McAninch with a special recognition award at their annual meeting in Louisville this week. McAninch has led the ATA since 2000, and a hallmark of his tenure has been the rejuvenation of the relationship between industry and the state agencies.

“Under McAninch’s leadership, the Archery Trade Association Trade Show has become the world’s biggest business event of the year in archery and bowhunting,” SEAFWA President Alvin Taylor said. “He has been...

Former Ducks Unlimited Leader Receives Honor for Service to Conservation
Curtis Hopkins, Ph.D. Named National Blue-Winged Teal Award Winner
October 31, 2017
Kentucky

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan partners recognized Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) retired Director of the Southern Region, Dr. Curtis Hopkins, as the 2017 National Blue-Winged Teal Award winner at the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) annual meeting in Louisville this week. The award honors extraordinary commitment to conservation and the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP).

“Curtis exemplifies commitment to the conservation of North American waterfowl,” said Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Coordinator Keith McKnight. “His...

Missouri Electrofishing Safety Committee Recognized by Regional Peers
Missouri Department of Conservation Committee given 2017 SEAFWA Directors’ Special Recognition Award
October 31, 2017
Kentucky

The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) presented the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Electrofishing Equipment and Safety Committee with a special recognition award at their annual meeting in Louisville this week. The ten-member team has updated and standardized electrofishing guidelines, which multiple states are adopting.

“This manual provides safety guidelines, technological updates, and equipment improvements,” SEAFWA President Alvin Taylor said. “The result is a set of guidelines that effectively builds on past recommendations.”

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