Professional-level travel grants to Portland

The Western Division of the American Fisheries Society, in conjunction with their local Chapters, is pleased to announce that they will be offering professional-level travel grants to the 2015 AFS meeting in Portland, Oregon.  The meeting will be held August 16-20 at the Oregon Convention Center.  The Western Division is providing one $500 grant to an awardee from each Chapter.  Many of the Chapters are matching this with $500 of their own to bring the total travel award up to $1,000.

The deadline for applications is June 1 and you must apply online.

Winners will be selected by two Western Division representatives and one representative from your local Chapter.

Applicants will be evaluated based on financial need and AFS involvement, with an emphasis placed on young professionals and those seeking to be more active in the Society.

Travel awards are by reimbursement only and will not exceed the amount awarded.

To be eligible you must be a member of AFS and a member of a Chapter within the Western Division.  Your AFS membership number will be required in the application.

Successful applicants will be required to volunteer for 4 hours during the AFS2015 Meeting in Portland. You will be contacted by the AFS2015 Volunteer Committee and assigned a mutually agreed-upon task to perform at the meeting.

Winners will be notified by June 15 (well before the early registration deadline of June 26).

Click here to apply.

2015 Riparian Challenge Call for Entries – Deadline, May 15

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.

Click here for more information or to enter.

Division award nomination period open until May 15

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]  Further details can be found on the awards page.

WDAFS Statement on the Proposed Susitna-Watana Hydropower Project

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.

Western Division Travel Grants to Portland

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.

2015 Western Division AFS Meeting

The Western Division is proud to announce that the 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon, August 16-20, 2015.  This meeting will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Society.  More details can be found here.  We hope to see you there!