Bill could provide $1.3 billion for U.S. wildlife conservation

 By Paul A. Smith of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

July 09, 2016

A bill was introduced Thursday in Congress to provide $1.3 billion annually for wildlife conservation across the United States.

The proposed legislation, called the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650), was authored by Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Don Young (R-Alaska).

It would use royalties from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters to fund the Wildlife Conservation Restoration Program. Continue reading

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Save the Date!

84th Annual Midwest Directors’ Meeting
June 25 – 28, 2017
Mahoney State Park • Ashland, Nebraska

The MAFWA Directors’ Meeting is for senior level management of natural resources professionals in the fields of wildlife and fisheries management, information and education, licensing and administration, law enforcement, and conservation engineering.

View information from the 2016 Meeting.

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Epic wolverine journey ends in North Dakota

By Nala Rogers

Posted on June 3, 2016

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This 2009 photo of M56 in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park marked the first documented wolverine sighting in the state in nearly a century. ©Ray Rafiti

Wildlife managers at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department knew the dead wolverine was special even before they performed a necropsy. It was the first wolverine (Gulo gulo) reported in the state in almost 150 years; a rancher had killed it legally in late April for harassing cattle and then given its carcass to the agency. But the managers weren’t expecting to find a radio transmitter in its abdomen. Continue reading

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Gov. Scott Walker announces new CWD steps

by Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel

May 14, 2016

Manitowoc— Gov. Scott Walker on Friday announced six steps to address the spread of chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, including more frequent fence inspections at captive cervid farms and a comprehensive study of deer in an area of high CWD prevalence.

“We want whatever we do to be science-based, based on facts,” Walker said. “And we know we won’t be able to do anything without the support of hunters.” Continue reading

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Sportsmen’s Alliance Appoints Heusinkveld as President, CEO

The Sportsmen’s Alliance and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Evan Heusinkveld as president and CEO. The appointment is effective immediately.

Heusinkveld, who has served as interim president and CEO since Dec. 1, has been with the Sportsmen’s Alliance for the past nine years, most recently serving as the vice president of government affairs. During his tenure, Heusinkveld has led the organization’s legal and legislative divisions. He brings more than a decade’s worth of experience in government affairs, public policy and campaign management.

“Evan has shown key leadership qualities that should take the Sportsmen’s Alliance to a new level,” said Mason Lampton, Chairman of the Sportsmen’s Alliance Board of Directors. “His knowledge of the issues that surround hunting gives him the ability to hit the ground running. He is aware of the fraud that surrounds the anti-hunting movement and, likewise, he knows how positive hunting is for the environment.”

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Evan Heusinkveld

His recent work to protect hunting, fishing and trapping at the local, state and federal levels, includes managing the strategy that defeated the Humane Society of the United States when they initiated a ban on hunting and trapping bears in Maine and overseeing the appeal of the gray wolf court ruling that returned the apex predators to the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Heusinkveld has also been key player in paving the way for the next generation of American hunters to take to the fields through his work to enact Families Afield legislation, which reduce barriers for new hunters seeking to experience the outdoors.

“It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to lead our team of professionals in protecting our hunting heritage,” said Heusinkveld. “Hunting and wildlife conservation as we know are under constant attack from animal rights and anti-hunting extremists. Our adversaries are extremely well funded, and they will stop at nothing to end our way of life. It’s imperative that hunters, anglers and trappers work together and fight to protect what’s right.”

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