J.D. Strong Voted President of WAFWA
At the recent annual Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 2020 Summer Meeting, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Director, J.D. Strong was elected as the President of the organization.
Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) started in the 1920s as a way for the various wildlife agencies to coordinate and support each other. The organization has an annual summer conference, and this year’s meeting was held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights included a plenary session with Dr. Mamie Parker, former Assistant Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the first meeting of the newly formed WAFWA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
“This is an exciting time to grab the reins at WAFWA, as there have been an incredible number of process improvements and efficiencies occurring over the past year thanks to outgoing President Fowlks and the entire WAFWA team,” exclaimed Strong. “To have the support of 24 western states and Canadian provinces is a humbling experience, and I look forward to working with all of them to continue the good work of improving the lives of all westerners by growing opportunities for hunting and fishing, as well as the fish and wildlife resources on which we all depend.”
Strong will serve as the president for one year until the elections take place during next year’s summer conference.