American Wildlife Conservation Partners Meeting

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Bear Trust

I n t e r n a t i o n a l 


REGION: Washington


PROJECT DURATION: 1 Month; March 2017


American Wildlife Conservation Partners meeting 

For more than 80 years, WMI has administered the North American Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference. The North American Conference sessions, workshops and more than 150 separate meetings and functions, serve as the annual forum to set conservation policy in North America.

Conference attendees include the administrators of federal, state and provincial wildlife and other natural resource agencies, college and university program leaders, heads of leading private conservation organizations, and other managers, scientists, researchers, officials and students of natural resources. The conference is a regular gathering of professionals to learn and exchange ideas, through a formal program, related meetings and other scheduled business, social and educational events.


Attended the American Wildlife Conservation Partners meeting in Spokane, Washington in March, 2017 and worked with the American Wildlife Conservation Partners on several policy issues, including :

  • Opposed the practice of “denning” in Alaska.

  • Worked for the Sportsmen's Package that was filed as an amendment to the Energy bill .

  • Supported the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

  • Opposed the Burr Amendment #3175, which would have undermined science -based wildlife management . As a policy consortium, we value science -based management of all wildlife resources .

  • Supported the “Statement of Principles in Support of Public Lands”.

  • Supported science-based management of deer in Texas to minimize spread of chronic wasting disease.

  • Opposed the Grijalva letter, which placed politics ahead of science and rejected concrete evidence of the conservation benefits that hunting brings to foreign species conservation .

  • Supported the protection of the Minnesota Boundary Waters Wilderness Area and Bristol Bay, Alaska from mine extraction .

  • Supported sage grouse restoration work.

  • Opposed S. 659, which would restrict trapping on refuges and undermine the state fish and wildlife agencies’ authority to regulate trapping .