Assoc. of Fish & Wildlife Agencies on Proposed Reorg of the Dept. of Interior

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Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies about the Proposed Reorganization of the Department of Interior

Washington D.C. – -( Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies learned yesterday of the Trump Administration’s proposal to merge administrative responsibilities of other Agencies into the Department of Interior (DOI) in an effort to improve the efficiency of the regulatory process.

Included in this proposal, the Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service would return to DOI and merge with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The purpose of this reorganization is to consolidate the administration of the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act into one Agency within DOI.

This merger would also look to combine the two Agencies’ science and management capacity, with the intent of creating a more consistent Federal fisheries and wildlife policy and improved service to the public, particularly on infrastructure permitting.

“We are looking forward to working with the Administration in conducting efficient and effective conservation in the states,” stated Virgil Moore, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Director of Idaho Fish and Game. “We trust our federal partners will reach out to state fish and wildlife agencies as true partners in managing fish and wildlife on the American landscape.”

This proposal comes in response to President Trump’s March 13, 2017 Executive Order to reorganize the executive branch.

To view the signed copy of Secretary Zinke’s memo, click here. For more information about the DOI Reorganization, click here.

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill and before the Administration to advance favorable fish and wildlife conservation policy and funding and works to ensure that all entities work collaboratively on the most important issues. The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations. Working together, the Association’s member agencies are ensuring that North American fish and wildlife management has a clear and collective voice.

  • 4 thoughts on “Assoc. of Fish & Wildlife Agencies on Proposed Reorg of the Dept. of Interior

    1. Sounds like a good start. Now if he can get rid of the Education and other worthless bureaucracies and return those powers and oversight to the states and closer to “We The People”, we’ll really have some things to celebrate!

    2. Another good move on Trump’s part. Having multiple inputs on all conservation and management issues spread across several federal agencies makes it difficult at best for the average user of federal lands to know what the rules are. Consolidate all these agencies into one department and work towards common sense rules that anyone can understand without having to play the “runaround” game being shuttled to agency after agency.

    3. I believe that conservationist ideals and the interests of both the general public, the hunting and fishing communities and the nation in general would be better served by an open discussion of all pertinent data and the full range of opinion, both scientific, and general experiential amongst all those nature loving people country wide. Much preferred over the spouted and undoubted very politically originated point of view of the present administration and the EPA and other non government organizations.. The nation deserves to hear and see more while this so=called consolidation/reorganization is under way. I am particularly concerned where the interests of commercial energy production crosses environmental conservation, water resources, environmental pollution affecting residents and the all important preservation of pristine wildlands and national parks

      1. An open discussion would be great but your mind is already closed to change. I quote “…undoubted very politically originated point of view of the present administration…” The current administration represents the views of many people that less government is generally better, less bureaucracy is better. The current EPA is a joke that needs fixing. Lets have that discussion with people with open minds.

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