The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks is honored to be hosting the Annual Meeting of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) in Big Sky, Montana July 15-20, 2011. The meeting will bring over 300 U.S. and Canadian fish and wildlife regulators to Montana to discuss shared biological, management, and land use issues. I am writing to ask your organization to consider sponsoring this very important event.
WAFWA is a regional association of state and provincial fish and wildlife agencies representing 23 states and Canadian provinces, encompassing Alaska to Texas and Saskatchewan to Hawaii Ė an area encompassing 3.7 million square miles of some of North Americaís most wild and scenic country, inhabited by over 1,500 premier wildlife species. WAFWA is an advocacy group representing state and provincial rights to manage fish and wildlife within their borders. WAFWA has also been a key organization in promoting the principles of sound resource management and the building of partnerships at the regional, national and international levels in order to enhance wildlife conservation efforts and the protection of associated habitats in the public interest.
Specifically, WAFWA seeks to:
Your organizationís sponsorship of the WAFWA 2011 Annual Meeting would assist Montana DFWP in hosting a world-class conference and demonstrate your organizationís commitment to wildlife conservation. In exchange, your organization will have the valuable opportunity to interact with hundreds of professional fish and wildlife biologists (including commissioners and directors from over 20 states), managers, administrators, and others in fish and wildlife related fields.
- Protect western statesí jurisdiction over their fish and wildlife resources on public and private lands.
- Carefully scrutinize state and federal wildlife legislation and regulations, and to offer opposition to legislative proposals or federal regulations deemed adverse to the best interests of the members.
- Consult with and make recommendations to the federal fish, wildlife and public land agencies in order that federal management programs and programs involving federal aid to the western states will be administered in a manner that best serves the interests of western states.
- Serve as a clearinghouse to exchange fish and wildlife management and research ideas and techniques.
I hope that you will consider sponsoring what will be an extraordinary conference. Please review the various corporate sponsorship levels. Donations are tax deductible and sponsors will receive recognition for their contribution dependent upon the level of sponsorship. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
Director, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks