Wildlife Movement/Migration Working Group

Wildlife Movement / Migration Working Group

Elk Bull, Arizona. Photo Credit – Arizona Game & Fish Department

The establishment of the Wildlife Movement/Migration Working Group was  approved by the WAFWA President and directors in July of 2019. The working group’s members consist of state and provincial fish and wildlife agency personnel who have technical expertise and oversight of matters involving wildlife movement and migration. The group reports directly to the WAFWA board of directors. The working group’s approved Statement of Purpose:

“A forum where jurisdictions can share information, methods, and foster collaboration on wildlife movement and migration. The working group will also serve the important function of providing information and updates to the directors and consistent messaging to media and legislators on behalf of WAFWA.”


Secretarial Order: SO3362

SO 3362 – Progress Report, August 2020

Improving Habitat Quality in Western Big-Game Winter Range and Migration Corridors

On February 9, 2018, at an event in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Secretary of the Interior signed Secretarial Order 3362, “Improving Habitat Quality in Western Big Game Winter Range and Migration Corridors”. The Order has attracted considerable attention and created momentum for management and conservation of migration corridors and winter range.

The Order is focused on species under the management authority of state fish and wildlife agencies, so it directs the appropriate bureaus within the Department to engage western states collaboratively and cooperatively. More directly, the Order recognizes state authority to manage big game species. The Order is focused on conserving, enhancing, restoring, or improving the condition of priority big game winter range and migration corridor habitat. Ultimately, the habitat conservation activities resulting from the implementation of the Order will provide positive benefits to big game populations and numerous other wildlife species.

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Members List

Daniel Olson, Chair
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Tony Wasley, Director Sponsor
Nevada Dept. of Wildlife
Anne Hubbs, Member
Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development
Jeff Stetz, Member
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Scott Sprague, Member
Arizona Game and Fish Dept.
Naomi Nichol, Member
British Columbia, Fish and Wildlife Branch
Linda Cardenas, Member
Bureau of Land Management
Scott Gardner, Member
California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Brian Dreher, Member
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Frank Edelmann, Member
Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game
Jon Beckmann, Member
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism
Justin Guide, Member
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Luke Meduna, Member
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Orrin Duvuvuei, Member
New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish
Nicole Tatman, Member
New Mexico Dept. of Game and Fish
Cody McKee, Member
Nevada Dept. of Wildlife
Bruce Stillings, Member
North Dakota Game and Fish Dept.
Dallas Barber, Member
Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation
Rachel Wheat, Member
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Eileen Down Stukel, Member
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks
Shawn Gray, Member
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
John Tull, Member
U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service
Brian Logan, Member
U.S. Forest Service
Matt Kauffman, Member
U.S. Geological Survey
Covy Jones, Member
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Elizabeth Torrey, Member
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
Doug Brimeyer, Member
Wyoming Game and Fish Department