Coalitions

Collaboration through coalitions with other organizations helps raise greater awareness of challenges facing wildlife and provides another venue for TWS to communicate science-based wildlife conservation strategies to decision-makers. TWS is a member of several coalitions that address a range of wildlife issues, from securing adequate funding for wildlife conservation programs to preserving habitats and combating invasive species.

Some of the coalitions that TWS works with on wildlife conservation and policy issues include the following:

American Wildlife Conservation Partners

The American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) are nearly 40 sportsmen and conservation groups that came together in 2000 to identify how best to work collectively to help chart the course for the future of wildlife conservation in the United States.
 
AWCP is designed to facilitate communication within the wildlife conservation community and between that community and the elected and appointed officials and policy makers at the federal level. Since 2001, AWCP has provided recommendations at the beginning of each presidential term. In 2009, AWCP crafted a report to prepare President Obama’s administration for key issues impacting the nation’s wildlife and hunting heritage entitled “Wildlife in the 21st Century III," with recommendations to ensure the continued success of wildlife and wildlife management in America. 

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) 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. AFWA represents its state agency members on Capitol Hill. In 2011, TWS became a contributing member of AFWA and serves on committees and working groups of AFWA to address prominent wildlife management and conservation issues. 

Bird Conservation Alliance

The Bird Conservation Alliance is a network of organizations with a shared interest in the conservation of wild birds. Through the Alliance, millions of birdwatchers and concerned citizens are united with conservation professionals, scientists, and educators to benefit bird conservation efforts.
 
Some goals of the Alliance include increasing the effectiveness of bird conservation, helping to conserve the diversity and abundance of bird populations through habitat protection and management, reducing bird mortality due to human factors, and promoting birds as an important resource for the future. Campaigns the Alliance is actively working on include making wind power projects less hazardous to birds, phasing out lead bullets that poison and kill birds, researching solutions to reduce bird deaths for collisions with buildings. 

Coalition of Natural Resource Societies 

TWS is one of the founding members of the Coalition of Natural Resource Societies (CNRS), a coalition of professional and scientific societies formed in 2009 that focuses on the management and conservation of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Other members of CNRS include the American Fisheries Society, Society for Range Management, and Society of American Foresters. Recent CNRS activities include the Natural Resources Education and Employment Conference in Denver, Colorado in September, 2011, which resulted in publication of a report presenting recommendations for ensuring an adequate future supply of well-trained natural resource professionals.  

Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement

The Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) is a national coalition of 21 wildlife, sporting, conservation, and scientific organizations, together representing more than 14 million Americans. Created in 1995, CARE works with more than 200 Friends groups to educate Congress, the Administration and the public about the nation’s magnificent National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS). 
 
Correcting the inadequate funding for the operations and maintenance of the NWRS is the coalition’s biggest and most basic concern. CARE recognizes that critical biological and management actions are not possible at current funding and staffing levels and that management capability must be improved.

National Cooperators Coalition

The National Cooperators Coalition (NCC) is an alliance of state wildlife agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations that support the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program (CFWRU). CFWRUs facilitate partnerships among researchers, managers, educations, and stakeholders to provide practical, science-based information to state and federal agencies, private landowners, and the public. Additionally, CFWRUs provide research and educational experiences for graduate students. The mission of NCC is to build a stronger and more coordinated base of support to serve research, education, and technical assistance needs of nonfederal CFWRU program cooperators.

National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species

The National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species (NECIS) is a national partnership of several major environmental organizations that provides a united expert and scientific voice on invasive species policy. NECIS members meet monthly, collaborate on a variety of campaigns, host an annual education day in Washington, D.C., and share ideas through a dedicated listeserv.

Sportsmen’s Alliance for Marcellus Conservation

The Sportsmen's Alliance for Marcellus Conservation (SAMC) is a coalition of nine organizations, including TWS, representing more than 265,000 sportsmen and women working to identify and propose solutions to mitigate the impacts of gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale on hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor sporting activities. The coalition formed when Marcellus Shale gas development began to increase at a rapid pace and scale across northern Appalachia, prompting sportsmen and women to join forces in urging state and federal agencies and the energy industry to adequately protect valuable and irreplaceable natural resources, including clean water and critical habitat for fish and wildlife.  

Teaming with Wildlife

Teaming with Wildlife is a coalition of more than 5,000 organizations, businesses, and agencies that support the goal of restoring and conserving U.S. wildlife. Since its founding in the early 1990s, the group has worked to establish funding for wildlife conservation programs. The Steering Committee of Teaming with Wildlife is composed of 13 conservation organizations and provides national leadership for the Teaming with Wildlife initiative, setting national strategy and supporting the activities of state coalitions. 

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) is a coalition of leading hunting, fishing, and conservation organizations, labor unions, and individual grassroots partners working together to preserve the traditions of hunting and fishing in the U.S. TRCP accomplishes its mission in the spirit of Theodore Roosevelt by expanding access to places to hunt and fish, conserving fish and wildlife and the habitats necessary to sustain them, and increasing funding for conservation and management.

USGS Coalition

The USGS Coalition is an alliance of 70 organizations united by a commitment to the continued vitality of the unique combination of biological, geological, hydrological, and mapping programs of the U.S. Geological Survey. The Coalition supports increased federal investment in USGS programs that underpin responsible natural resource stewardship, improve resilience to natural and human-induced hazards, and contribute to the long-term health, security, and prosperity of the nation.