The Association Commends Congress’s Approval of Funding Bill with Important Conservation Priorities

Washington D.C. (December 20, 2019)- The Association applauds Congress for the inclusion of two legislative packages that contain conservation initiatives that work to ensure future generations can enjoy our nations valuable natural resources. Included in H.R 1865 are important conservation priorities for the Association, including the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act, funding for USDA APHIS to combat Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), increased funding for State and Tribal Wildlife Grants and increased funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund, to name a few.

“We need these important investments to the future of conservation delivery and the tradition of sustainable hunting across our great nation,” said Secretary Kelly Hepler of South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks and President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. “These new or increased dollars will help to recruit, retain, and reactivate hunters, to inventory and manage species of greatest conservation need, put money on the ground to address a devastating threat facing wild deer, moose, and elk, and direct critical funds to the Prairie Potholes among other habitat strongholds for waterfowl.” 

The bill now awaits President Trump’s signature to become enacted law.

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies—the organization that represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies—promotes sound resource management and conservation, and speaks on important fish and wildlife issues. Found on the web at, on Facebook /AssociationofFishandWildlifeAgencies and on Twitter @fishwildlife.