The Riparian, Watersheds and Habitat Committee is seeking entries for the Western Division’s 2015 Riparian Challenge Award. The Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and other conservation agencies or private industries in the region encompassed by the Western Division (thirteen western states, British Columbia, Yukon Territories, Mexico and U.S. Islands and Trust Territories of the Western Pacific), are invited to participate in the Riparian Challenge. Winners will receive the Western Division’s Award of Excellence in Riparian Management to be presented at the American Fisheries Society’s Western Division Annual Meeting hosted by the Oregon Chapter in Portland, Oregon August 16-20, 2015. The purpose of the Riparian Challenge award is to:
- Encourage the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other conservation agencies or private industry to strive for excellence in riparian and watershed habitat management,
- Encourage agencies to progress in on‑the‑ground accomplishments which when added together throughout the West, will significantly improve riparian systems,
- Recognize managers and resource specialists for their efforts in maintaining, restoring, and improving riparian and watershed ecosystems.
The deadline for all nominations and applications for 2015 awards is May 15, 2015. For more information, contact WDAFS Past-president Pam Sponholtz at: pamela_sponholtz[at]fws.gov. Further details can be found on the awards page.
The Western Division has issued a statement letter on the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydropower Project. This letter can be found here. Any questions or comments should be addressed to the Western Division President, Hilda Sexauer.
The Western Division has allocated $15,000 to support travel grants to the 2015 AFS Meeting in Portland.
$5,000 has been allocated to support student travel – More details are available here. The deadline for applications is May 1.
$5,000 has been allocated to support professional travel – More details will be available soon.
$5,000 has been allocated to support international travel – More details are available here. The deadline for applications is April 1.