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Monday, February 6 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Symposia Session - S4: Sustaining America's Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources. Advancing a 21st Century Funding Model for Fish and Wildlife Conservation

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AUTHORS: Mark Humpert, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

ABSTRACT: Despite fish and wildlife conservation successes such as the recovery of white-tailed deer and bald eagles, over 12,000 species of fish and wildlife have been designated as species in greatest need of conservation in State Wildlife Action Plans. Long-term population declines for many of these species may result in endangered species status in the foreseeable future. This impending fish and wildlife crisis stems from decades of inadequate investment in proactive conservation despite persistent advocacy to secure new federal funding. The presenter will provide an overview of past efforts to secure dedicated funding for fish and wildlife, discuss the need to accelerate proactive conservation and detail the origins, recommendations and next steps of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources which is charged with securing new funding for fish and wildlife conservation. 

Monday February 6, 2017 1:20pm - 1:40pm CST
Grand Ballroom E