Jeff Boxrucker, coordinator for the Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership recently did an interview with Rural Radio of Sirius XM's Rural Radio (Channel 80) during Bass Pro Shops "Outdoor World" segment. Jeff discussed challenges to managing reservoirs and working in unique partnerships across the country. The interview can be found below.

Last week, the Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 was introduced in the Senate which includes numerous legislative measures beneficial to anglers and hunters across the nation. Sponsored by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jim Risch (R-ID), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 contains measures that will benefit our nation’s sportsmen and women by providing increased access to our public lands and waters, improving fish and wildlife management and protecting the use of traditional fishing tackle.
The Sportsmen’s Act failed to pass the U.S. Senate in 2012 and 2014, primarily due to partisan disputes unrelated to the merits of the bill. However there is...

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (PMEP) are pleased to announce the release of two reports that together form a foundation for better conservation and management of West Coast estuaries:

• Nursery Functions of U.S. West Coast Estuaries: The State of Knowledge for Juveniles of Focal Invertebrate and Fish Species
• An Inventory and Classification of U.S. West Coast Estuaries

The Nursery Functions of U.S. West Coast Estuaries: The State of Knowledge for Juveniles of Focal Invertebrate and Fish Species synthesizes the existing scientific literature, expert input, and geospatial data on the presence of juveniles and potential nursery role of West Coast estuaries...

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today he has selected Kelly Hepler to serve as the next secretary of the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP). Hepler currently serves as assistant commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), a position he has held since 2010.

“I’m thrilled Kelly has agreed to serve as our next secretary of Game, Fish and Parks and happy that we could help bring him back to South Dakota,” said Gov. Daugaard. “His wealth of knowledge and experience in handling complex issues will make him a real asset to our team.”

Hepler was born in Deadwood and graduated from Spearfish High School before receiving his Bachelor of Science in Fish and Wildlife Management...

(Washington, DC) - The winners of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP)/American Fisheries Society (Habitat Section) Awards were honored for their extraordinary achievements at the Restore America’s Estuaries/Coastal Society Summit, in conjunction with the National Fish Habitat Board meeting on Wednesday, November 5th at the Gaylord Convention Center, just outside of Washington, DC. Tim Birdsong (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department) (Guadalupe Bass Restoration Initiative) and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, were named as the recipients of the National Fish Habitat Award for Extraordinary Action in Support of Fish Habitat Conservation. This was the sixth year the National Fish Habitat Awards have been handed out,...

Trout Unlimited’s Driftless Area Restoration Effort (DARE) and its project manager, Jeff Hastings, were honored Sept. 24 at the Wild Trout Symposium meeting in West Yellowstone, Montana. The Wild Trout Stewardship Award, presented every four years, honors “an outstanding fishery program that makes a strong contribution to the conservation or restoration of a coldwater fishery.”

Hastings, who spent more than 20 years as Vernon County conservationist before joining the TUDARE project in 2006, was recognized for his efforts to expand restoration resources and partnerships across the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. With his leadership, TUDARE has dramatically expanded the dollars available to restore...

(Washington, DC) –Today, the National Fish Habitat Partnership released its second video in a series highlighting the work of their 19 Partnerships across the country. The second video in the series spotlights restoration efforts on Grape Creek, a tributary of the Russian River in Sonoma County, CA through the California Fish Passage...

Several of our National Fish Habitat Partnerships are seeking proposals for 2015 fish habitat conservation projects, please utilize the below links (by FHP) to find out more details. Additions to this post will be made as more Fish Habitat Partnerships announce their 2015 Funding Opportunities.

Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership: http://bit.ly/1lsqqZw (Deadline: October 3)
California Fish Passage Forum: http://adobe.ly/1xufOgL (Deadline: December 15)
Desert Fish Habitat Partnership: http://bit.ly/1pPyxxq (Deadline: September 1)
Eastern...

The National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP) and American Fisheries Society’s (AFS) Fish Habitat Section are announcing a new recognition award for 2014, continuing the traditional National Fish Habitat Award, while broadening collaboration with a strong partner in AFS.

Up to (2) awards will be presented annually for National Fish Habitat Awards and nominations are solicited from all of the categories listed below. All nominations received will be considered and a panel made up of the NFHP Board and AFS Fish Habitat Section will select the award winner(s).

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