Committees & Working Groups

Provided below are the official 2020-2021 WAFWA standing committees, sub-committees and working groups. Each is led by state, provincial or territorial fish and wildlife agency leaders appointed by WAFWA’s President. Committee members are nominated by their agency or organization director each year.

Working Groups

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Ad Hoc Lead and Wildlife Working Group

Assess and apprise Association members of emerging issues and science related to the topic of lead and wildlife, and develop recommendations for the Directors’ consideration.
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Aquatic Invasive Species Working Group

Collaborate in the development and implementation of coordinated and aligned action planning for invasive species that affect wildlife, wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreation for western state and provincial wildlife agencies.
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Directors’ ESA/SARA Working Group

Identify and address issues pertaining to implementation and authorization of the Endangered Species Act and species at risk, including providing policy guidance and direction to the Non-game and Endangered Species Committee.
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ESA Informational Working Group

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Forest Carnivore Sub-Committee

Develop a statistically defensible multi-state monitoring plan for states where wolverine populations exist (WY, MT, ID, WA); seek funding to implement the monitoring plan; coordinate development of individual state wolverine conservation plans for states with suitable wolverine habitat; and coordinate and prioritize research efforts.
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Mule Deer Working Group

Develop strategies for management of declining mule deer populations throughout the West, improve communication among mule deer biologists throughout the West, and provide a forum to respond to information needs from agency administration.
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Western Monarch Working Group

Identify and promote unified, ecosystem-based management approaches at the landscape-level for the western population of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), and pollinators in general, across all partner agencies and interested partners.
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Western Quail Working Group

Implement the habitat objectives and management recommendations outlined in the WAFWA's Western Quail Management Plan.
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Committees

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Awards and Recognition Committee

Solicit and judge nominees for annual WAFWA awards.
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Budget, Finance, Compliance Committee

Oversee the financial stewardship provided by the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Secretary by assisting with development of the annual budgets for WAFWA and its foundations, reviewing budgeted to actual expenses on a regular basis, monitoring investments and reviewing audits and records to ensure business requirements are being met; financial tools are utilized in decision making; and quarterly financial updates, and any recommended actions, are provided to the Executive Committee.
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Climate Adaptation Committee

Increase coordination and communication among western states/provinces on key climate change related issues, support regional efforts to develop strategies to manage the effects of climate related changes to fish and wildlife habitats, and monitoring and informing western states about the potential for future funding from federal climate change legislation.
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Commissioners’ Committee

Solicit ideas from commissioners for discussion, evaluation and recommendation to the Executive Committee; keep commissioners informed of issues and actions and similar items with national or regional importance of a policy nature; and interact with other committees as necessary. Commissioners must recognize that all Commissions do not have the same authorities or responsibilities in each State.
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TBD, Chair
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

To support efforts of WAFWA public agencies to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and develop broad and meaningful relationships with people and organizations from diverse lives and cultures.
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Executive Committee

Make interim decisions for the Association as defined in the Constitution and Bylaws; consider petitions for technical committees, workshops and other regional coordination efforts within the domain of the Association; set registration fee for next year’s conference; review and approve ideas, recommendations and decisions of other committees as appropriate; and oversee all contracts.
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Habitat Committee

Advance wildlife and fishery health by reviewing and recommending methods to conserve, restore and manage habitats on both public and private lands and waters in the West.
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Human Dimensions Committee

Serve as a forum for discussion and appropriate action on Human Dimensions in Wildlife (HD) research topics and applications, including, but not limited to: HD projects underway in WAFWA member states and provinces; HD projects initiated by the committee itself; current HD theory, methodologies, and practical applications; training and other HD professional development opportunities; other HD research conferences, networks and professional associations; and implementation of the Issues Management Handbook. The committee will work with other similar committees and other associations and the International, and with appropriate federal and quasi-federal agencies.

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Human/Wildlife Conflicts Committee

Identify the highest priority human/wildlife conflict issues and pool information regarding successful techniques to address them; to identify those wildlife damage and human/wildlife conflict issues where effective management techniques are lacking, and make recommendations to member agencies for the development of new alternatives, and to facilitate the exchange of information regarding human/wildlife conflict among the western states and provinces.
Committee Chair / Co-Chair:
Justin Shannon, Chair
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Inland and Marine Fisheries Committee

Evaluate issues facing inland and marine fisheries affecting western states and provinces and to provide recommendations for actions to WAFWA to address these issues.
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Law Enforcement Committee

Encourage and promote law enforcement cooperation and consistency, encourage and develop efficient and innovative law enforcement practices, promote wildlife or resource law enforcement training and education programs for officers, provide a forum for the collection and dissemination of information relating to changes in relevant law(s), review and provide comment to proposed and enacted relevant legislative changes, encourage the highest possible ethics, standards and practices for wildlife or resource related law enforcement, encourage the most courteous, impartial and efficient law enforcement services to the public, and properly staff assignments from, and convey recommendations and advice to, the WAFWA directors relating to wildlife and resource law enforcement issues.
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Legal Committee

To address legal issues of common interest to member agencies and provide networking support for the attorneys of these agencies. The committee is also available to investigate issues of interest to WAFWA.
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Nominating Committee

Recommend candidates for elected offices each year, recommend host locations for the annual conference, provide direction and assistance on how to plan for and conduct a successful annual conference, and conduct a debriefing session among committee members at the conclusion of the annual conference.
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Nongame/Endangered Species Committee

Identify and address nongame and endangered species issues, and provide support on them to the WAFWA member states and provinces, in particular to the Directors' ESA/SARA Working Group. Further, coordinate relevant activities with, and among, WAFWA member states and provinces, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the Threatened and Endangered Species Policy Committee of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
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Public Affairs Committee

Identify, address and recommend actions to enhance our ability to educate and communicate effectively with all audiences to increase the understanding of fish and wildlife conservation.
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R3 Committee

Discussing, gathering information and/or identifying actions relative to all aspects of these important issues and to report its deliberations and recommendations to the Directors for either informational purposes or their approval at both the mid-winter or annual business meetings. Implement these positions/priorities within WAFWA member agencies where there is interest in doing so and/or advance and advocate these priorities and proposed actions within the framework of AFWA to achieve even greater and more meaningful results.
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Resolutions Committee

Solicit, evaluate and finalize resolutions for consideration by the Association at the annual and mid-winter business meetings.
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Western Bird Conservation Committee

Provide a forum for states and provinces within the WAFWA to discuss bird conservation issues and for input by western bird conservation partners; provide regional advice to the AFWA Bird Conservation Committee on Western bird conservation issues; provide a forum to address congressional funding needs for bird conservation, such as NAWCA, Farm Bill and others.
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Wildlife Chiefs Committee

Discuss policy, biology, and environmental influences affecting terrestrial wildlife management throughout the West.
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Wildlife Health Committee

To provide technical guidance to agency administrations through written documents; to foster communication between those interested in wildlife health issues in the West; and to aid in efficient management of wildlife health issues through regional coordination.
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