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  • 21 Jan 2017 8:01 AM | AWF Website Administrator (Administrator)


    Let's Get to Work for Arkansas' Wildlife!

    Arkansas has been blessed with a bounty of fish and wildlife, managed and protected through Amendment 35 to the State Constitution, creating the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC).  However, while our AGFC has had great success in restoring game species that were once in decline, many non-game species are facing increasing challenges, declining across the spectrum from songbirds to reptiles to amphibians.  However, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 5650), introduced by Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI), would help avert this crisis by dedicating $1.3 billion annually nationwide, from existing revenue from energy development on federal lands and waters, to states to solve this conservation challenge. 

    Arkansas’ share of this $1.3 billion is estimated to be around $14.7 million per year.  That can be significant in keeping species of conservation concern off the endangered species list!

    With support from all of us and leadership from members of Congress to direct dedicated funding for proactive conservation measures, these species at high risk of becoming endangered can be spared.

    As members of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, we need you to reach out to your U.S. Representative and ask them to co-sponsor this non-partisan bill and support our nation’s precious fish and wildlife.  WE'VE MADE IT EASY FOR YOU TO SEND A  MESSAGE TO YOUR U.S. Representative. Simply click the “TAKE ACTION” box and enter your name and zip code.  A message of support will be sent to your Arkansas representatives.  (Feel free to add a personal message to the prepared narrative as well)

    This new funding would be mandated to target species identified in the Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan (AWAP) with priorities determined by a database of scientific knowledge of wildlife. A total of 369 species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) are addressed in the context of 45 terrestrial habitats and 18 aquatic habitats in 7 ecoregions in Arkansas.   

    Game species like white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bear and more, have been saved from declining populations because of dedicated funding through hunting and fishing license fees and excise taxes on hunting and fishing. Despite the success with many game species, there has never been significant investment in the conservation of the full diversity of wildlife species. Non-game species now face threats to their very survival from habitat fragmentation, climate impacts, invasive species, and disease. Many times, all that is left is protection under the Endangered Species Act.  No one wins when a species is declared endangered!   The Endangered Species Act was originally intended to be an “emergency” measure to be used in tragic situations. Once a species reaches dire circumstances, it is much harder and more expensive to recover. Regulatory obstacles make doing business more difficult for farmers, ranchers, developers, builders, and others.  A non-regulatory and proactive approach to conservation is good for wildlife, good for taxpayers and good for business.  H.R. 5650 provides funding to slow or stop this cycle of loss.  

    The GOOD NEWS is this wildlife funding is not new taxes but is capturing existing revenue from oil and gas receipts.  

    The Arkansas Wildlife Action Plan,  mandated by Congress for all states to develop for determining species  of greatest conservation, implements the priorities determined by a database of scientific knowledge of wildlife of greatest conservation need.  Arkansas’ SGCN are addressed in the context of 45 terrestrial habitats and 18 aquatic habitats in 7 ecoregions.   The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) is responsible for requesting proposals and administering State Wildlife Grants to support the implementation of AWAP. The competitive grants are distributed specifically for the protection and management of nongame species in greatest need of conservation identified in the AWAP. The grant process provides state and federal agencies and other conservation partners the means to efficiently and effectively fit individual and coordinated conservation efforts across the state. (The AWAP can be reviewed at:  www.agfc.com/species/Pages/SpeciesWildlifeActionPlan.aspx )

    This successful conservation foundation is provided by the State and Tribal Wildlife Grant program.  The problem lies in program funding. A survey of all State Wildlife Actions Plans revealed that $1.3 billion annually is what it would cost to implement 75% of every state’s plan. With 25% match from states, $1.3 billion would be sufficient to implement State Wildlife Action Plans and hasten the recovery of thousands of species. (Current funding is only 4.65% of what is necessary to conserve our nation’s species of greatest conservation need.)

    Long-term pressures (and political attacks) on the Endangered Species Act would be reduced.  The states would be held accountable through the implementation and oversight of the state’s Wildlife Action Plans, which will ensure that the resources are spent appropriately on the highest conservation priorities. The funding would be allocated to each state and territory, per an existing formula, from existing federal royalties from oil/gas/coal extraction onshore and offshore, similar (and complimentary) to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Arkansas’ share would be about 1.7% or $14.7 million.

    By clicking on the “TAKE ACTION” box below and completing the form you can help convince your US Representative to co-sponsor and support H.R. 5650, critical to the future of wildlife in Arkansas and across the Nation.  By entering your information and zip code, your message will be sent to your Arkansas representative. 

    Give us a call if you have any questions about this vital legislation!

    David Long
    Newsletter Coordinator and District Director
    Arkansas Wildlife Federation
    Phone- 870-253-4377
    Josephdavidlong@gmail.com 



  • 08 Sep 2016 6:46 AM | AWF Website Administrator (Administrator)

    While the majority of Americans cherish our national public lands,  sporting and outdoor organizations note that a small  group of state and federal lawmakers and their allies are trying to dismantle the network of public lands that is a cornerstone of our economy and national identity. 

    In response, forty sportsmen’s and outdoor organizations from across the country today released a letter asking all the presidential candidates to publicly state their support for our national public lands – the places we hunt, fish and recreate and that sustain our fish and wildlife populations.

    The following  organizations, representing millions of hunters, anglers, wildlife watchers and other outdoors enthusiasts, have asked candidates to publicly commit to “keeping public lands in public hands:  

    Archery Trade Association · Arizona Wildlife Federation · Arkansas Wildlife Federation Association of Northwest Steelheaders · Backcountry Hunters and Anglers · Bear Trust International · Campfire Club of America · Colorado Wildlife Federation · Conservation Federation of Missouri · Conservation Force · Conservation Northwest · Dallas Safari Club Houston · Safari Club · Idaho Wildlife Federation · Iowa Wildlife Federation · Kansas Wildlife Federation · Louisiana Wildlife Federation · Masters of Foxhounds Association · Mississippi Wildlife Federation · National Trappers Association · National Wild Turkey Federation · National Wildlife Federation · Nevada Wildlife Federation · New Mexico Wildlife Federation · North American Grouse Partnership · North Carolina Wildlife Federation · North Dakota Wildlife Federation · Orion the Hunter’s Institute · Public Lands Foundation · Quality Deer Management Association · Shikar Safari Club International · Sportsmen’s Alliance · South Dakota Wildlife Federation · Tennessee Wildlife Federation · Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership · Tread Lightly! · Trout Unlimited · Whitetails Unlimited · Wildlife Management Institute · Wyoming Wildlife Federation

    Learn more about our battle to stop the sell-off of our public lands by clicking here.    

    jt


  • 22 Jun 2016 12:16 PM | AWF Website Administrator (Administrator)

    June 18th- the National Wildlife Federation recognized  Ellen McNulty, President of the Arkansas Wildlife Federation as the Affiliate Volunteer of the Year.

    "Ellen McNulty’s tireless efforts at the Arkansas Wildlife Federation have benefited the state of Arkansas, its waters and its wildlife,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Ellen’s expertise in water policy and farming made her an indispensable voice of reason—whether she is fighting for the protection of the Buffalo National River or the Clean Water Rule. Time and time again, Ellen McNulty has shown that her grace and passion can result in amazing accomplishments.”

    In receiving her award Ellen said:  "I felt very honored but also humbled to receive the award in front of many of the people that I admire the most. NWF is an awesome organization that empowers state affiliates to work on local conservation issues as well as national issues. AWF is fortunate to be a part of a national network of sportsmen and women that enjoy the outdoors and want to protect and conserve wildlife for future generations."   

    The ceremony took place at the National Wildlife Federation’s annual meeting and its celebration of the 80th anniversary of its founding, held in Estes Park, Colorado. 


    Read the press release here:   McNulty - Volunteer of the Year.docx


  • 16 May 2016 3:47 PM | AWF Website Administrator (Administrator)

    "The governor needs to act immediately to stop the hog CAFO operation until a well can be dug to test the substance in the plume underneath the ponds. If it is found to contain hog waste, the operation should be shut down and a clean up plan developed and implemented to lessen the damage as much as possible to the groundwater, ecosystem, and national river." 

    Click Here to Sign the Petition

  • 15 Mar 2016 7:44 PM | AWF Website Administrator (Administrator)

    ArkansasGives.org is a 12-hour online giving event April 7, 2016 sponsored by Arkansas Community Foundation.

    Bonus dollars are added to your donation  to Arkansas Wildlife Federation when you make your donation through the Arkansas Gives website on April 7,  12 hour online giving event from 8am to 8 pm.  

    https://www.arkansasgives.org/about#toc

  • 11 Mar 2016 11:31 AM | AWF Website Administrator (Administrator)
    In honor of our 80th Anniversary celebration throughout 2016, the National Wildlife Federation is recognizing each of our Affiliate Partners in a special “Affiliate of the Week” blog series that showcases the dedicated conservation efforts taking place across the country each day. This week we celebrate our affiliate, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, and their commitment to wildlife.|

    http://blog.nwf.org/2016/03/affiliate-of-the-week-arkansas-wildlife-federation/?_utm_source=FacebookNWF_AOW_W9

  • 13 Jan 2016 9:09 AM | AWF Website Administrator (Administrator)

    Carolyn Pearson member of Arkansas Trail Riders Association and Arkansas Wildlife Federation, passed away on January 10th.  She was 55. She loved and supported both organizations-volunteering at the AWF Awards Banquet and attending as many ATRA trail rides as possible.  She had quite a distinguished career in education and will be greatly missed.  

     A full obituary may be found at dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.

  • 17 Dec 2015 6:51 AM | AWF Website Administrator (Administrator)

    House and Senate lawmakers reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for three years and set FY16 spending at $450 million in the FY16 Interior spending bill that has announced this morning, a major boost in LWCF funding.


  • 18 Nov 2015 7:08 AM | AWF Website Administrator (Administrator)

    Once a month, Lola Perrit with the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, teaches a lesson about the outdoors.  Students learn about wood products and how they are all related. Ms. Perrit does a wonderful job of bringing the outdoors inside the classroom for kids to learn about nature.  

    Learn more about Lola Perritt, AWF board member and Chair of Education Committee by visiting:  
    http://www.carverafterschool.com/?p=561


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