Wildlife Chiefs Committee

The Wildlife Chiefs Committee was established in 2019 by the President to be comprised of members from the Board as appointed by the President and affirmed by the Board. The committee’s approved Statement of Purpose:

“Discuss policy, biology, and environmental influences affecting terrestrial wildlife management throughout the West.”

Background. The WAFWA had historically afforded the administrative leads for the sections of member agencies responsible for terrestrial wildlife management to meet in conjunction with WAFWA.  This group was called the Wildlife Chiefs and would annually discuss policy, biology, and environmental influences affecting terrestrial wildlife management throughout the West.  Although the Wildlife Chiefs would report to the Executive Committee about their meetings, the Wildlife Chiefs were not recognized as a formal committee under WAFWA.  During the summer of 2018, the Wildlife Chiefs requested formal committee status, and were granted this request during the winter of 2019.  In the formal role as a standing committee, the Wildlife Chiefs can now report on important aspects of their meetings directly through the business meeting and address all Directors in this fashion.  The Wildlife Chiefs met as an official committee for the first time in summer 2019.

Related Events

Event Type Date Location
Pronghorn Workshop Workshop October 22, 2020

Members List

Justin Shannon, Chair
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Eddie Grasser, Member
Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game
Matt Besko, Member
Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development
Josh Avey, Member
Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
Steve Maclver, Member
Fish and Wildlife Branch Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Kari Lewis, Member
California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Brian Dreher, Member
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Scott Fretz, Member
Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife
Toby Boudreau, Member
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game
Jake George, Member
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Ken McDonald, Member
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Alicia Hardin, Member
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Stewart Liley, Member
New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish
Mike Scott, Member
Nevada Dept. of Wildlife
Jennifer Newmark, Member
Nevada Dept. of Wildlife
Jeb Williams, Member
North Dakota Game and Fish Dept.
Bill Dinkines, Member
Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
Doug Cottam, Member
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Chuck Lees, Member
Saskatchewan, Fish and Wildlife Branch
Tom Kirschenmann, Member
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
Clayton Wolf, Member
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
Eric Gardner, Member
Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Rick King, Member
Wyoming Game and Fish Dept.
Ryan Hennings, Member
Yukon, Dept. of Environment