Resolutions Adopted by SEAFWA

Spring 2018 Directors' Meeting

Retirement Resolution Honoring Ross Melinchuk

Whereas,​ ​we honor and celebrate the commitment, dedication and leadership, of Ross Melinchuk as he retires from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department after more than 30 years in the natural resources field, and

Whereas, ​Ross Melinchuk has accepted the position of Vice President of Conservation with the National Wild Turkey Federation, and

Whereas,​ ​we express our gratitude for his immeasurable contributions serving as a Wildlife Biologist, Big Game

Biologist, and NAWMP Coordinator in Saskatchewan; serving as NAWMP Coordinator for the International Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies in Washington, DC; serving Ducks Unlimited as NAWMP Coordinator-Memphis, Director of State and Federal Coordination and Director of Public Policy-Jackson, and

​Whereas,​ ​Ross earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Wildlife Biology at the University of Guelph (U of G) Canada-​‘Tolearnthereasonsofrealities"​,​andaMaster’sofScienceatLakeheadUniversity,Canada-​Through Trialsto Triumph,​ and

Whereas,​ ​he has coauthored numerous articles including Ducks Unlimited’s Landscape Approach to Habitat

Conservation, Waterfowl and Wetlands, Body Condition of Grey Partridge During Fall and Winter in Saskatchewan, Prairie Pothole Project-Phases I and II, as well as Fall Migration Routes and Survival of Ross’ Geese, and

Whereas,​ ​Ross Melinchuk is the recipient of the ​R. Webster Fellowship Award ​given by Delta Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Station and the ​Resource Management Conservation Award​ given by the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, and

​Whereas,​ ​Ross Melinchuk​ ​has expressed his ​“honor and pleasure to have been a part of SEAFWA over the past couple of decades”​ and he looks forward to working with everyone through the coming years.

​Now Therefore, Be It Resolved,​​that the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife

Agencies expresses its sincere congratulations to Ross Melinchuk for his years of service to resource management and for his professional and dedicated service to the public that continues to be a hallmark of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies organization.

​Adopted​ ​by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in official session at the Dollarhide Hunting Club, Forkland, Alabama on February 22, 2018.

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IN APPRECIATION of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

WHEREAS​, the 2018 Spring Director’s Meeting of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) was held on February 21-23, 2018 at the historic Dollarhide Hunting Club in Forkland, Alabama, ​The Yellowhammer State​; and,

WHEREAS​, Charles F. Sykes, Director of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division and his talented staff have planned and provided an excellent opportunity for the exchange of important information among attendees and stimulating discussions of items of mutual concern and interest; and

WHEREAS​, this 2018 Spring Director’s Meeting of the SEAFWA directors has facilitated abundant discussions, both informal and formal regarding wildlife resource management and the challenges for the sustained success of those renewable resources; and

WHEREAS​, our gracious hosts in Alabama, ​The Yellowhammer State, ​have provided an excellent meeting location at the ​Dollarhide Hunt Club-known for squirrel hunting, ​which has endured for over 100 years and is located a few miles below Eutaw, in Greene County near the Tuscaloosa line, and located in the midst of pasture land and catfish ponds; where it runs east toward the Black Warrior River; and where its swamp contains a vast expanse of virgin hardwood timber; and,

WHEREAS​, the Great State of Alabama - ​The Yellowhammer State,​ and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, where the state bird is the Yellowhammer, the state freshwater fish is the Large Mouth Bass, the state game bird is the Wild Turkey, and where the state mammal is the American Black Bear; and serving as our gracious hosts, have provided for an Alabama squirrel hunt and gracious hospitality.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED​ that SEAFWA expresses its sincere gratitude and warmest appreciation to the Great State of Alabama, ​The Yellowhammer State, ​and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for hosting an outstanding 2018 SEAFWA Spring Director’s Meeting.

ADOPTED​ by SEAFWA in official session at the historic Dollarhide Hunting Club in Forkland, Alabama, ​The Yellowhammer State, ​on February 23, 2018.

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Support for the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

WHEREAS, ​the states are principally responsible for the management of fish and wildlife within their borders, including on federal lands and waters; and

WHEREAS​, the conservation and management of fish, wildlife and their habitats contribute significantly to our quality of life and economic well-being; and

WHEREAS​, the Pittman-Robertson, Dingell-Johnson and Wallop-Breaux Acts and the contributions of hunters, recreational shooters, anglers, boaters and their industries led to the unprecedented recovery and sustainable management of our nation’s game and sportfish; and

WHEREAS, ​a similar dedicated and sustainable funding mechanism is lacking for the many species of birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates that are not game species; and

WHEREAS​, the states, territories and District of Columbia developed and recently updated historic, comprehensive and scientifically-based State Wildlife Action Plans that identified over

12,000 species of greatest conservation need; and

WHEREAS​, there is a recognized need to expand the funding base for wildlife conservation throughout the Nation, as effective implementation of State Wildlife Action Plans would require an annual investment of over $1 billion; and

WHEREAS​, recommendations by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources recommendations were incorporated into H.R. 4647, the “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act”, which proposes a new funding mechanism to support state fish and wildlife conservation to ensure the sustainability of all fish and wildlife for current and future generations; and

WHEREAS, ​funding apportioned to the states through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Subaccount would equate to 75% matched with 25% nonfederal funds provided by the states, with all funds used to implement state-led proactive and voluntary actions to conserve state species of greatest conservation need, including species trending toward listing under the

federal Endangered Species Act (ESA); and

WHEREAS, ​states can also use these funds on conservation education, which enhances their ability to work with communities and landowners, and up to 10% on wildlife-associated recreation projects; and

WHEREAS​, the Blue Ribbon Panel also recommended that the impact of societal changes on the relevancy of fish and wildlife conservation be examined and recommendations made on how programs and agencies can advance to engage and serve broader constituencies.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED​, that the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies supports the “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act” (H.R. 4647) which would dedicate 1.3 billion dollars annually in existing revenue from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters to the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Subaccount to diversify funding and management of all wildlife; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED​, that the Association stands ready to support continuing efforts by the Blue Ribbon Panel and its associated Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife to develop recommendations that will ensure state fish and wildlife agencies remain relevant and supported by all citizens well into the future.

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Resolution Honoring Nick Wiley

Whereas,​ ​we honor and celebrate the commitment, dedication and leadership, of Nick Wiley as he retires from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) after over 31 years of professional experience serving the public in the field of fish and wildlife conservation, and

Whereas, ​Nick Wiley has extensive experience leading teams and building consensus, developing innovative solutions that have moved conservation initiatives forward, and who has accepted a position as Chief Conservation Officer with the Ducks Unlimited Organization, and

​Whereas,​ ​Nick earned a Bachelor of Science from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia where the school mascot is ‘Freedom’ the bald eagle and where he earned a Master’s of Science from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama – ​“For the Advancement of Science and Arts”​ w​ here his Master’s Thesis was entitled ​Survival of American Woodcock Chicks in Alabama,​ and

Whereas,​ ​in his professional life,​ N​ ick aka ​‘Captain Sunshine’​ always emphasized a team approach to accomplishing goals, advocated for working closely with the public and stakeholders, dedicated his time and attention to managing imperiled species, focused on improving relationships and cooperative conservation efforts with Florida’s private landowners, and

Whereas,​ ​we express our gratitude for his immeasurable contributions serving as a Wildlife Biologist-Anniston, Alabama; Wildlife Resources Biologist-Lakeland, Florida; Section Leader in Small Game Management for FWC-Tallahassee; Bureau Chief for Wildlife Management FWC-Tallahassee; Director, Division of Hunting and Game Management FWC-Tallahassee; and Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director of the FWC-Tallahassee for a decade, and

Whereas, ​he has worked in many programs including alligator, waterfowl and small game management; private lands technical assistance, public conservation lands management and played a key role in designing and implementing Florida’s comprehensive alligator management program and popular alligator hunting opportunities, and

Whereas,​ ​Nick is a Fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute and a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club, and

Whereas,​ Nick grew up in rural south Georgia in the small town of Hoboken near the Okefenokee National

Wildlife Refuge, which had a profound influence on his interest in pursuing a career in the outdoors; where his grandfather taught him to love hunting and fishing; where he hand-picked tobacco during the summers and where he worked with the US Youth Conservation Corp building and maintaining trails in that beloved refuge, and

​Whereas,​ ​Nick Wiley enjoys spending time with his family-wife Evelyn and boys Duncan and Brooks, and enjoys hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, camping , boating, biking, golf and tennis.

​Now Therefore, Be It Resolved,​​that the Southeastern Association of Fish &

Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) expresses its sincere congratulations to Nick Wiley for his years of service, efficient and effective development of wildlife resources and for his dedication and professionalism in serving the public – a true quality of the SEAFWA organization.

​Adopted​ ​by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in official session at the Dollarhide Hunting Club, Forkland, Alabama on February 22, 2018.

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Fall 2017 Directors' Meeting

Honoring ​Jeff Crow On His Retirement

WHEREAS, ​Director Jeff Crow was chosen as the 17t​ h Director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) on July 1, 2016 after beginning his AGFC career in 1986 as a Wildlife Officer; and

WHEREAS, ​Director Crow has ​retired from the Arkansas State Police, serving in multiple high-level positions in that agency beginning in Highway Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Training and SWAT, and where he retired from Law Enforcement after 25 years of service and advanced to a position of increasing responsibility becoming a Law Enforcement instructor at the University of Arkansas’ Criminal Justice Institute and then returning to AGFC as Colonel of the Agency’s Enforcement Division, promoted to Deputy Director, and then the Agency’s Chief of Staff; and

WHEREAS​, Director Crow served faithfully for 25 years in the Marine Corps as both an active duty soldier and as a member of the Reserve where he served in combat in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom II and retired in 2007 at the rank of Sergeant Major; and

WHEREAS​, Director Crow holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from John Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arkansas State University; and

WHEREAS, Director Crow and his wife of 27 years, Susanna reside in rural Hot Spring County and have two grown children ~ a son who works in law enforcement and serves in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and a daughter who attends the Ouachita Baptist University; and

WHEREAS, ​throughout his many years of service, hard work and attention to detail has earned him the respect of his colleagues and he has served the people of his State with dedication. We thank him for his service and wish him well. He has earned the simplest and highest praise that can be given any government worker ~ ​You are a true public servant!

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, ​that we, the Members of Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, do hereby extend to Jeff Crow, our sincere and grateful appreciation for his highly esteemed service to the Nation, to the State of Arkansas, and to this organization, our congratulations on his well-earned retirement, and our best wishes to him for continued success, happiness, and good health in the years to come... Semper Fi, or Always Faithful

ADOPTED by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in official session at the Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

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RESOLUTION​ ​for​ ​71st SEAFWA Conference Louisville, Kentucky ~ October 29-November 1, 2017

WHEREAS, the SEAFWA Bylaws provide for annual organizational Membership Dues, and

WHEREAS, the annual amount of Membership Dues shall be established by Resolution, and

WHEREAS, the Bylaws require that the President or his/her designee shall notify the members in January of each year regarding the amount of their Annual Dues, and

WHEREAS, there is a need to consider Annual Dues in a timely fashion at the Fall SEAFWA Business Meeting, and

WHEREAS, Annual Membership Dues are payable by July 1 of that same year;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Annual Dues for SEAFWA Membership shall remain ​unchanged ​at $5,000 per agency and remain ​unchanged​ at $500 for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands for the Calendar Year 2018.

Mr. President, on behalf of the Resolution Committee, I so move.
Jeff Crow, Arkansas ~ Rusty Garrison, Georgia ~ Bob Duncan, Virginia

Respectfully submitted October 31, 2017 at the Fall Director’s Business Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

Bob Duncan
Chairman, Resolution Committee

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IN APPRECIATION OF The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources

WHEREAS​, ​the 71s​ t​ Annual Conference of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) was held on October 29-November 1, 2017 at the Galt House Hotel in the Heart of Louisville,Kentucky,T​ heBluegrassState​;​and,

WHEREAS​, ​Greg Johnson, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources and his talented staff have planned and provided an excellent opportunity for the exchange of important information among attendees and stimulating discussions of items of mutual concern and interest; and

WHEREAS​, ​this 71st Annual Conference of the SEAFWA Directors has facilitated abundant discussions, both informal and formal regarding wildlife resource management and the challenges for the sustained success of those renewable resources; and

WHEREAS​, ​our gracious hosts in Kentucky, ​The Bluegrass State​, ​have provided an excellent meeting location in the City of Louisville, and a tour of Churchill Downs ​"Home of the Kentucky Derby” and where the State Bird is the Cardinal, the State Horse is the Thoroughbred, the State Wild Animal is the Gray Squirrel, the State Fish is the Kentucky Spotted Bass, and the State Music is Bluegrass; and

WHEREAS​, ​the Commonwealth of Kentucky - ​The Bluegrass State​; ​and the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, serving as our gracious hosts, is home of Mammoth Cave-the world's longest cave at 82.6 square miles, home of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Frontier Scout Kit Carson, Train Engineer Casey Jones, and has provided a quality meeting setting giving us an opportunity for a well balanced exchange of ideas and information of significant benefit as we focus on our conference theme: ​“​Creative Conservation Strategies for 21st Century Challenges​.”

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED ​that the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies expresses its sincere gratitude and warmest appreciation to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, TheBluegrassState​;a​ ndtheKentuckyDepartmentofFish&WildlifeResourcesforhostingan outstanding 71s​ t​ Annual Conference.

ADOPTED​ ​by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in official session at the Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, ​The Bluegrass State​ ​on October 30, 2017.

MR. PRESIDENT​, on behalf of the Resolutions Committee, I move the Adoption of this Resolution.

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RESOLUTION​ ~ ​2018 Spring Meeting of SEAFWA

WHEREAS, Article V of the SEAFWA Bylaws provides that regular meetings, Spring or Fall, shall be scheduled and approved by Resolution, and

WHEREAS, in order to provide adequate time for meeting notification and planning, and

WHEREAS, it is customary to convene for a Spring Business Meeting, and

WHEREAS, the State of Alabama has agreed to Host the 2018 Spring Director’s Business Meeting.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Spring Director’s Business Meeting be held in Alabama on ___________ through __________, 2018.

Mr. President,​ ​on behalf of the Resolutions Committee, I so move:
Jeff Crow, Arkansas ~ Rusty Garrison, Georgia ~ Bob Duncan, Virginia

Respectfully submitted, October 31, 2017 by:

Bob Duncan
Chairman, Resolution Committee

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RESOLUTION​ ~ ​2018 Fall Director’s Meeting of SEAFWA

WHEREAS, Article V of the SEAFWA bylaws provides that regular meetings, Spring or Fall, shall be scheduled and approved by Resolution, and

WHEREAS, in order to provide adequate time for meeting notification and planning, and

WHEREAS it is customary to convene the Fall Business Meeting in conjunction with the Annual SEAFWA Conference, and

WHEREAS, Alabama will host the 2018 SEAFWA Annual Conference in Mobile, Alabama on October 21-24;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fall Director’s Business Meeting be held on October 23, 2018 in Mobile, Alabama in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Conference.

Mr. President, on behalf of the Resolutions Committee, I so move:
Jeff Crow, Arkansas ~ Rusty Garrison, Georgia ~ Bob Duncan, Virginia

Respectfully submitted, October 31, 2017 by:

Bob Duncan
Chairman, Resolution Committee

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Spring 2017 Directors' Meeting

IN APPRECIATION OF The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

WHEREAS​, the 2017 Spring Director’s Meeting of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) was held on April 20-23, at the DoubleTree by Hilton-Historic District, Charleston, South Carolina, ​The Palmetto State​; and,

WHEREAS​, Alvin A. Taylor, Director of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and his talented staff have planned and provided an excellent opportunity for the exchange of important information among attendees and stimulating discussions of items of mutual concern and interest; and

WHEREAS​, this 2017 Spring Director’s Meeting of the SEAFWA directors has facilitated abundant discussions, both informal and formal regarding wildlife resource management and the challenges for the sustained success of those renewable resources; and

WHEREAS​, our gracious hosts in South Carolina, ​The Palmetto State, ​have provided an excellent location at the DoubleTree by Hilton located in the Charleston Historic District where guests have a variety of exciting places to visit, including antebellum historic sites such as Patriot's Point or Fort Sumter-where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, world class beaches like Myrtle Beach with its 10 miles of pristine shoreline, Poogan’s Porch one of Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishments-famous for Lowcountry cuisine, or historic homes like Drayton Hall-one of America’s oldest preserved plantation homes built in the 1750’s; and

WHEREAS​, the Great State of South Carolina - ​The Palmetto State,​ and the Department of Natural Resources, serving as our gracious hosts, have provided for a Tour of Charleston Harbor, a fishing expedition, a Tour of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Research Institute and a special hospitality dinner.

NOW, ​therefore, be it resolved that the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies expresses its sincere gratitude and warmest appreciation to the Great State of South Carolina, ​The Palmetto State, ​and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for hosting an outstanding 2017 SEAFWA Spring Director’s Meeting.

ADOPTED​ by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in official session at the DoubleTree by Hilton-Historic District, Charleston, South Carolina, ​The Palmetto State,​ on April ___, 2017.

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Fall 2016 Directors' Meeting

IN APPRECIATION OF The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries


WHEREAS, the 70th Annual Conference of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) was held on October 16-19, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The Sportsman’s Paradise; and,

WHEREAS, Charlie Melancon, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and his talented staff have planned and provided an excellent opportunity for the exchange of important information among attendees and stimulating discussions of items of mutual concern and interest; and

WHEREAS, this 70th Annual Conference of the SEAFWA directors has facilitated abundant discussions, both informal and formal regarding wildlife resource management and the challenges for the sustained success of those renewable resources; and

WHEREAS, our gracious hosts in Louisiana, The Sportsman's Paradise, have provided an excellent east Mississippi River location in the state’s capital, Baton Rouge, French for "Red Stick", and where the State Bird is the Eastern Brown Pelican, the State Mammal is the Louisiana Black Bear, the State Reptile is the Alligator, the State Freshwater Fish is the White Perch, and the State Crustacean is the Crawfish; and

WHEREAS, the Great State of Louisiana - The Sportsman's Paradise; and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, serving as our gracious hosts, and home to the world famed “Mardi Gras” celebration, home to famed musician Louis Armstrong, and home to towns designated as “The Duck Capital of America,” “The Buggy Capital of the World,” “The Frog Capital of the World,” and “The Crawfish Capital of the World,” has provided a quality meeting setting giving us an opportunity for a well balanced exchange of ideas and information of significant benefit as we focus on our conference theme: “Conserving Vital Habitats”.

NOW, therefore, be it resolved that the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies expresses its sincere gratitude and warmest appreciation to the Great State of Louisiana, The Sportsman's Paradise; and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for hosting an outstanding 70th Annual Conference.

ADOPTED by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in official session at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The Sportsman's Paradise on October 18, 2016.

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Resolution to provide insurance coverage for the SEAFWA Financial Manager and Executive Secretary


WHEREAS the Directors of the SEAFWA are provided insurance coverage, and

WHEREAS, the Directors of SEAFWA desire to include the Financial Manager and Executive Secretary in the same insurance policy, and 

WHEREAS, the Financial Manager and the Executive Secretary shall serve as non-voting, ex officio board members,

Therefore be it Resolved that the SEAFWA Financial Manager and Executive Secretary are hereby approved as non-voting and ex officio Board Members.

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Resolution Arnold Eversole, Ph.D.


WHEREAS
, we honor and celebrate the commitment, dedication and leadership, of Dr. Arnie Eversole in serving as Managing Editor of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies publications The Proceedings and The Journal, and

WHEREAS, we express our gratitude for his immeasurable contributions serving as Managing Editor associated with 29 years of support to the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and

WHEREAS, The Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies are a compilation of the complete text of papers and presentations made at each annual conference and where representatives from state and federal agencies, citizen's organizations, universities, and private wildlife research groups present their latest findings relative to resource management, both through scientific research and actual case histories and where fisheries and wildlife scientists present peer reviewed papers at their respective sessions, agency enforcement personnel exchange information on tactics and mutual problems and agency attorneys discuss the latest developments in wildlife law and other pertinent legal issues, and

WHEREAS, The Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies are published in the Spring, following the Annual Fall Conference, and Whereas, where The Proceedings and The Journal have evolved from a general reporting of observations to a tightly refereed journal publication – the quality of which is first rate as well as a timely and valuable regional publication and where the production cycle in some cases lasted more than 2 years to now meeting completion in less than 6 months, and

WHEREAS, Dr. Arnie Eversole has expressed enjoyment for his part in developing publications of research topics of historical value for the Southeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.

NOW Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Southeastern Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies expresses its sincere gratitude and warmest appreciation to Dr. Arnie Eversole for his professionalism and dedication to the publications that continue to be the hallmark of the Association.

ADOPTED by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in official session at the Hilton Hotel, Baton Rouge, LA on October 18, 2016.

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Fall 2015 Directors' Meeting

IN APPRECIATION OF The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

WHEREAS, the 69th Annual Conference of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) was held on November 1-4, at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, in Ashville, North Carolina, The Tar Heel State, and,

WHEREAS, Gordon S. Myers, Executive Director of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and his talented staff have planned and provided an excellent opportunity for the exchange of important information among attendees and stimulating discussions of items of mutual concern and interest; and

WHEREAS, this 69th Annual Conference of the SEAFWA directors has facilitated abundant discussions, both informal and formal regarding wildlife resource management and the challenges for the sustained success of those renewable resources, and

WHEREAS, our gracious hosts in North Carolina, The Tar Heel State, have provided an excellent location in Asheville, the "Paris of the Southeast" and where the State Fish is the Channel Bass, the State Frog is the Pine Barrens Treefrog, the State Reptile is the Eastern Box Turtle, and the State Mammal is the Gray Squirrel, and

WHEREAS, the Great State of North Carolina - The Tar Heel State and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, serving as our gracious hosts, and home to three United States Presidents-Andrew Johnson-James PolkAndrew Jackson, Andy Griffith-actor, singer, director, John Coltrane-jazz musician; David Brinkley-television newscaster and ABC Host; Dale Earnhardt Sr.-renowned NASCAR driver; Joe Gibbs-Hall of Fame head coach for the Washington Redskins; Billy Graham-world-renowned evangelist and unofficial religious advisor to U.S. Presidents; Michael Jordan-retired basketball player and former University of NC player and winner of six NBA championships and a double Olympic gold medalist; has provided a quality meeting setting giving us an opportunity for a well balanced exchange of ideas and information of significant benefit as we focus on our conference theme: "Conserving Large Landscapes"

NOW, therefore, be it resolved that the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies expresses its sincere gratitude and warmest appreciation to the Great State of North Carolina, The Tar Heel State, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for hosting an outstanding 69th Annual Conference,

ADOPTED by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in official session at the Renaissance Ashville Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina, The Tarheel State, on November 3, 2015.

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Spring 2015 Directors' Meeting

IN APPRECIATION OF The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

WHEREAS, the 2016 Spring Director's Meeting of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) was held on May 13-15, 2016, at the Etowah Valley Golf & Resort, in Etowah, North Carolina, The Tar Heel State, and,

WHEREAS, Gordon S. Myers, Executive Director of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and his talented staff have planned and provided an excellent opportunity for the exchange of important information among attendees and stimulating discussions of items of mutual concern and interest; and

WHEREAS, this 2016 Spring Director's Meeting of the SEAFWA directors has facilitated abundant discussions, both informal and formal regarding wildlife resource management and the challenges for the sustained success of those renewable resources; and

WHEREAS, our gracious hosts in North Carolina, The Tar Heel State, have provided an excellent location at Etowah Valley Golf & Resort where the Resort is situated perfectly within the mountains of Western North Carolina a short drive from Asheville, where guests have an abundance of things to do including visiting the Biltmore House, DuPont Forest, Pisgah National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Sliding Rock or Chimney Rock Park and where there is no shortage of activities within the beautiful Smoky Mountains; and

WHEREAS, the Great State of North Carolina - The Tar Heel State and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, serving as our gracious hosts, have provided for Fishing the Delayed Harvest section of the Little River in DuPont State Forest, Fishing small streams on the Pisgah National Forest for wild trout, an Elevation Birding Tour from Pisgah National Forest towards the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Box Drill Training activity designed to test your decision making skills as a law enforcement officer conducted by N.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers.

NOW, therefore, be it resolved that the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies expresses its sincere gratitude and warmest appreciation to the Great State of North Carolina, The Tar Heel State, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission for hosting an outstanding 2016 SEAFWA Spring Director's Meeting

ADOPTED by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in official session at the Etowah Valley Golf & Resort in Etowah, North Carolina, The Tarheel State, on May 15, 2016.

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Fall 2014 Directors' Meeting

Commending the Dedicated Service of Colonel Bob Brantly

WHEREAS, Colonel Robert M. ‘Bob’ Brantly was born in Jacksonville, Florida in November 1935 – the same year that the Florida Department of Game and Fresh Water Fish became the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission; and

WHEREAS, he attended the University of Jacksonville in the 1950s, was a ‘walk-on’ football player for Florida State University, was a competitive  rodeo cowboy, and served in the United States Air Navy Reserve from June 1955 to June 1957; and

WHEREAS, he began his esteemed career with the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission as a Wildlife Officer in September 1957, and worked his way through the ranks in increasingly responsible positions as an Education Officer, Regional Manager in the Lake City office, as Regional Operations Administrator and Deputy Director for Operations at the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission headquarters in Tallahassee; and

WHEREAS, the Colonel was promoted to the position of Executive Director of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission on April 1, 1977 and retired in 1993, where he earned the admiration and respect of his fellow colleagues by the manner in which he carried out his responsibilities in a calm, smooth, fair and deliberate fashion; and

WHEREAS, in 1982 Bob Brantly provided the leadership in the Commission’s decision to conduct an emergency deer hunt in the Everglades due to extreme high water that became a global issue among the anti-hunting community and prevailed in demonstrating the role hunting plays in sound wildlife management; and

WHEREAS, his genuine concern for wildlife and fisheries conservation and recognition of the importance of wildlife, its management and protection ensures that these treasured resources  will be available for future generations to enjoy; and

WHEREAS, he has served as an able and efficient administrator and humanitarian who when hearing the Florida legislature called for the elimination of funding for five regional Public Information Coordinators, asked five of his division directors to each donate and reclassify a position in order to retain the currently employed Coordinators; and

WHEREAS, he has received many prestigious awards from conservation and international groups such as the 1981  Florida Wildlife Federation’s State Conservationist of the Year Award, the 1983 Ernest Thompson Seton Award, an award from Safari Club International in 1985, the 1989 Seth Gordon Award, and the 1991 Guy Bradley Award; and     

WHEREAS, the Colonel used the $1,000 cash prize received from his 1991 Guy Bradley Award to initially establish and fund the SEAFWA Wildlife Officer of the Year Award and continued to personally fund this important award; and

WHEREAS, he served as the President of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) in 1980 and as Executive Secretary of SEAFWA for nearly twenty-one years; and has served as President of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, as it was then known, from 1986-1987; and

WHEREAS, he has been a positive force in the SEAFWA organization, serving with great distinction as its Executive Secretary managing the business and financial operations of the Association and serving as the primary point of contact for SEAFWA since 1994.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED  by the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, that we hereby bestow the honorary title of SEAFWA Director Emeritus on Robert M. “Bob” Brantly and further provide that he has a standing invitation for his participation at the Fall SEAFWA Conferences and the Spring Directors Meetings including the waiver of registration fees for same, and provided further that the SEAFWA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award shall be renamed, effective immediately, to be henceforth and forever known as the “Robert M. Brantly Law Enforcement Officer of the Year  Award” and that we hereby commend the meritorious and dedicated service of Bob Brantly and congratulate him upon the occasion of his retirement from SEAFWA and extend our warmest wishes for his enjoyment and continued prosperity in fellowship with his many friends, professional colleagues and his lovely family: wife Sandy, adult children – Bobby, Susan, Richard, Kim and Missy and grandchildren.

Adopted by SEAFWA at their Fall Conference in Destin, Florida on October 21, 2014.

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In Appreciation of The FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

WHEREAS, the 68th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies was held on October 19-22, 2014, at the Hilton Sandestin Resort in Destin, Florida – The Sunshine State; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Nick Wiley, Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation  Commission, and his talented staff have planned and provided an excellent conference setting and opportunity for the exchange of important information among attendees and a thought provoking conference centered on the theme “Conservation: Managing for Resilience and Adaptability”; and

WHEREAS, this 68th Annual Conference of the SEAFWA directors has facilitated abundant discussions, both informal and formal, regarding wildlife resource management and the challenges for the sustained success of those renewable resources; and

WHEREAS, the great State of Florida –The Sunshine State – is home of sun soaked beaches, crystal springs and the Florida Everglades  - the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States - internationally known for its extraordinary wildlife including the endangered Florida panther, the American alligator, feral hogs, white-tailed deer, the Osceola wild turkey and a unique suite of avian species including wading and shore birds; where John Glenn became the first American in orbit  blasting off from Cape Canaveral in 1962; where Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America; where the largest lake in Florida is Lake Okeechobee; where Florida is synonymous with huge Largemouth Bass - the designated state freshwater fish and the home of the diminutive Key deer.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies expresses its sincere gratitude and warmest appreciation to the great State of Florida -The Sunshine State - and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for hosting an outstanding 2014 Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Fall Conference.

ADOPTED by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in official session in Destin, Florida, Hilton Sandestin Resort on October 21, 2014.      

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