|Welcome to the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies!!
|The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) is an organization whose members are the state agencies with primary responsibility for management and protection of the fish and wildlife resources in 15 states, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. Member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Directors of the Association meet semi-annually, in the spring and fall.
SAVE THE DATE
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission invites you to the 69th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, November 1-4, 2015. For more information, click here.
Thank you to all who participated in the 2014 conference in Destin, Florida. Check out some of the pictures taken during the conference!
IN THE NEWS
SEAFWA Hires Curtis Hopkins, Ph.D. as Executive Secretary
Curtis Hopkins retired from Ducks Unlimited in 2013 after spending 33 years with the organization. He retired as Director of the Southern Region; a position he held for six years. In his career at Ducks Unlimited, Curtis also held positions as Director of Conservation Programs, Director of Private Lands Conservation, Senior Regional Director and Regional Director of the North MS Region. Curtis brings to SEAFWA more than 41 years of field and administrative experience. Throughout his career, Curtis has demonstrated leadership capability with professional and volunteer leaders. He has also demonstrated planning, communication, administrative, wildlife management, fund raising, and research capabilities. Curtis is a graduate of Texas A & M University (Ph.D.) and Mississippi State Univeristy (MS and BS).
SEAFWA Hires Angelyn Mewborn as Financial Manager
Angelyn Mewborn’s career has included more than 30 years of experience in budget, contract and grant management, conference planning, and regional program administration in the areas of state park natural resource protection, historic site conservation, fisheries management, and environmental education. Prior to her retirement from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Angelyn worked in all areas of the DNR encompassing park management, law enforcement, fisheries, and engineering and construction. She served as Administrative Operations Manager for the southeast region of Georgia State Park and Historic Site Operations, Budget Analyst and Program Manager for the Business Services Section of the State Parks Division, Budget & Contracts Manager for the Engineering and Construction Section, as well as the Assistant Fiscal Officer for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Angelyn assisted in field activities and programming efforts for public education of state park and historic site resources, conducted conference programs for state park managers and interpretive specialists, and participated in capital campaigns for fund raising opportunities. Since her retirement from the Georgia DNR, Angelyn has been overseeing SARP’s administrative operations.
Dr. Jessica Graham Selected as SARP Coordinator
After nine years as the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) Coordinator, Scott Robinson returned to Georgia Department of Natural Resources as Fishery Operations Manager. Following an extensive search and interview process, Dr. Jessica Graham was selected and will assume the duties of the SARP Coordinator on March 16, 2015. She will work for SARP on a contractual basis under a contract with SAFWA.
Jessica joins SARP after serving as a Regional Biologist for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative, a program focused on developing regional partnerships to implement local conservation actions that address statewide conservation priorities identified in Florida’s State Wildlife Action Plan. As a Regional Biologist, Jessica has developed effective partnerships and provided technical guidance, planning and financial assistance, and coordination for a variety of projects focused on restoring, protecting, and enhancing freshwater and estuarine habitats in northwest Florida.
Through various roles, Jessica has demonstrated her ability to build and maintain effective conservation partnerships among local, state and federal partners; secure and leverage grant funding and technical resources for habitat restoration projects; manage project budgets; and effectively communicate project activities/outcomes to garner awareness and broad-based support for fish habitat conservation.
Jessica has a B.S. in Marine Biology and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, both from the Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Graham will be housed in the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Panama City Field Office.
Hunting, Fishing and Wildife Recreation Participation Committee Report
Click here to download the SEAFWA HFWP Committee Report on recruitment and retention of hunters, fishermen and other fish and wildlife users in the Southeast. The report identifies top recruitment and retention programs among the Southeastern states and addresses the charge and goals of the Committee.
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