Conservation News

Eric Swanson, Conservation Chair

Increased Conservation Participation Sought by Board

Increasing participation in conservation activities and conservation committees has been identified as an important AFC goal for 2016. AFC is looking for conservation-minded members to:

1) identify and participate in future fishery conservation projects,

2) advocate for local, state, and federal conservation issues of concern to AFC, and/or

3) contribute to conservation activities that enhance fish populations and aquatic habitats in Arizona.

If you are interested in any of the above-mentioned aspects of conservation, please contact our

Conservation Chair Eric Swanson at a monthly meeting or conservation@azflycasters.com.

AZSFWC 2015 Conservation Highlights

Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation recently compiled an impressive list of accomplishments for 2015. Here’s a list of the 2015 fishery-related accomplishments:

  • Supported AZGFD efforts with Willow Beach Fish Hatchery to support continued trout stockings
  • Supported the Lees Ferry trout fishery through the Lees Ferry Management Plan and Long TermEnvironmental Management Plan (LTEMP) Environmental Impact Statement
  • Supported wildlife and fishery management issues at Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
  • Provided forest planning input to Coconino, Tonto, and Kaibab National Forests
  • Awarded almost $40,000 towards fishing clinics and events, Trout in the Classroom, and Wild Trout Conference (and another $53,000 toward hunting and wildlife related activities and projects)
  • Actively opposed proposed legislation regarding the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument and the transfer of federal lands to the state
  • Actively supported the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act and permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • Fostered continuing coordination, communications, and relationships with the Game and FishCommission and Department

More advocacy and Wildlife Conservation License Plate Grants are planned in 2016. AFC has been an active member of AZSFWC for the past decade with key participation by Gary Stinson, Chuck Howey, Jim Walker, and Eric Swanson.