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The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is an association that represents North America’s fish and wildlife agencies to advance sound, science-based management and conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the public interest. The Association represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill. This Association is committed towards protecting and supporting state, provincial, and territorial authority for fish and wildlife conservation. It also works to prevent the exploitation of natural resources on public and private lands and waters within their borders.
The Association also provides member agencies with coordination services on cross-cutting as well as species-based programs that range from birds, fish habitat and energy development to climate change, wildlife action plans, conservation education, leadership training and international relations.
The Association was formerly known as the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. In 2006 its name was shortened to the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, in 2006.