Partners* indicates Management Board Member
Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources*
Phone: (334) 242-3465
The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division manages, protects, and enhances the freshwater fishing resources of Alabama including 47 reservoirs, 23 Alabama State Public Fishing Lakes, and 77,000 miles of perennial rivers, streams, and the Mobile Delta.
The American Bird Conservancy*
Phone: (540) 253-5780
The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is the only U.S.-based group with a major focus on bird habitat conservation throughout the entire Americas. ABC acts across the full spectrum of threats to birds to safeguard the rarest bird species, restore habitats, and reduce threats, unifying and strengthening the bird conservation movement.
Board Member: Mike Parr, Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer
The American Chestnut Foundation
Phone: (828) 281-0047
The goal of The American Chestnut Foundation is to restore the American chestnut tree to our eastern woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society. The American Chestnut Foundation is restoring a species - and in the process, creating a template for restoration of other tree and plant species. The return of the American chestnut to its former niche in the Appalachian hardwood forest ecosystem is a major restoration project that requires a multi-faceted effort involving 6,000 members & volunteers, research, sustained funding and most important, a sense of the past and a hope for the future.
Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative
The Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative is an applied science and management partnership working to protect natural lands, valued resources, and the biological diversity that provide environmental benefits and services to the human communities across the region. It is one of twenty two LCCs that make up a national network serving to bring conservation scientists and managers from various organizations and institutions together to identify shared areas of interest, develop the tools and products necessary for action, and help coordinate conservation delivery.
Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative
The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) is a coalition of groups, including citizens, the coal industry, and government dedicated to restoring forests on coal mined lands in the Eastern United States. ARRI was established in early 2004 with the formation of the Core Team. The Core Team's responsibilities include outreach, trainings, event planning, monthly meetings to discuss progress reports and new strategies, among other things.
Central Appalachians Fire Learning Network
The Central Appalachians FLN engages federal, state and private land managers in a collaborative effort to enhance capacity to implement ecological fire management in the Central Appalachian Forest, Western Allegheny Plateau, and Cumberlands and Southern Ridge and Valley ecoregions. Within this biologically diverse region, the FLN seeks to:
- collaborate with stakeholders to strengthen the scientific basis for landscape-scale fire management, and develop landscape-scale desired future condition and fire management objectives;
- transfer knowledge and lessons learned to facilitate ecological objective setting, effective stakeholder engagement, efficient compliance with regulatory requirements, and funding of ecological fire management projects; and
- identify critical barriers to implementing restoration of fire adapted ecosystems, and develop strategies to overcome these barriers;
Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative
The Central Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI) is a partnership of diverse interests with a common goal of restoring historic red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystems across the high elevation landscapes of Central Appalachia. It is comprised of private, state, federal, and non-governmental organizations which recognize the importance of this ecosystem for its ecological, aesthetic, recreational, economic, and cultural values.
Connecting Conservation is a science-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to defining and stitching together conservation activities that allow partners to collaboratively plan, manage, and monitor the conservation landscape of the future. The mission of Connecting Conservation is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of natural resource conservation activities through coordination, collaboration, and consultation, with the purpose of collaboratively building an integrated conservation network. Connecting Conservation administers and leads the design of Griffin Groups, a free online tool for building a community of conservation communities.
Conservation Management Institute
The Conservation Management Institute is an active partner in the management of natural resources in Virginia, across North America, and around the world. Institute project teams comprised of research faculty, staff, and students engage resource management agencies and organizations to understand their objectives and constraints in order to produce quality solutions through hard work and the application of sound science. Our researchers employ a range of skills, knowledge, and talents with particular strengths in field ecology, geospatial information technology, resource assessment, and logistical support.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology*
Phone: (800) 843-2473
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Our hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet. Founded in 1915, the Cornell Lab is a nonprofit organization supported by 78,000 friends and members. Our vibrant community includes 200,000 citizen-science participants from all walks of life and 12 million bird enthusiasts of all ages who connect with us online at All About Birds.
Board Member: Ron Rohrbaugh Jr., Assistant Director of Conservation Science
Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division*
Carries out the Department of Natural Resource's (DNR) mission to enhance and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic, and cultural resources. As one of six divisions within DNR, the Wildlife Resources Division is charged with conserving and promoting Georgia’s wildlife resources, including game and nongame animals, fish, and protected plants.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Biology
From biomolecules to biomes, this is the place to study biology. Our department has the academic size and diversity to offer opportunities found at larger research institutions, yet we are able to maintain the personal and intimate learning community found at smaller liberal arts colleges. In short, we offer the best of both worlds. We are committed to excellence in both teaching and scholarship, with the student at the center of our activities. This commitment creates a learning environment where students excel both in and out of the classroom.
Kentucky Department of Fish & WIldlife Resources*
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, the Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources conserves and enhances fish and wildlife resources and provides opportunity for hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, and other wildlife-related activities. Every year the agency enforces wildlife laws, manages public land and water, stocks fish, builds and maintains boat ramps, and informs and educates the public.
Board Member: Sunni Carr, Wildlife Diversity Coordinator
Maryland Department of Natural Resources*
The Department of Natural Resources leads Maryland in securing a sustainable future for the environment, society, and economy by preserving, restoring, and enhancing the State's natural resources.
Board Member: Gwen Brewer, Program Manager of Science Programs
The Nature Conservancy*
Phone: (703) 841-5300
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. It addresses the most urgent conservation challenges at the largest scale. Today, more of the natural world is at risk than ever before. So this work is crucial to keep vital habitats and unique species from being lost forever.
Board Member: Marek Smith, Director Allegheny Highlands Program
National Audubon Society*
Phone: (212) 979-3000
Audubon’s Mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. For more than a century, Audubon has built a legacy of conservation success by mobilizing the strength of its network of members, Chapters, Audubon Centers, state offices and dedicated professional staff to connect people with nature and the power to protect it.
Board Member, Vice Chair: Mike Burger, Director of Conservation and Science at Audubon New York
Natural Resources Conservation Service*
NRCS is a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change. Seventy percent of the land in the United States is privately owned, making stewardship by private landowners absolutely critical to the health of our Nation’s environment. NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.
Board Member: Louis Aspey, State Conservationist for West Virginia
National Wild Turkey Federation*
According to many state and federal agencies, the restoration of the wild turkey is arguably the greatest conservation success story in North America's wildlife history. Through vital partnerships with state, federal and provincial wildlife agencies, the National Wild Turkey Federation and our members have helped restore wild turkey populations throughout North America, spending more than $412 million to conserve nearly 17.25 million acres of habitat.
Board Member: Doug Little, Conservation Field Supervisor (Northeast)
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Fish and Wildlife
Phone: (609) 292-2965
The N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife is a professional environmental agency dedicated to the protection, management and wise use of New Jersey's fish and wildlife resources. The Division is part of the Natural and Historic Resources Group in the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.
New York Department of Environmental Conservation
The mission of the department is to conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being. DEC's goal is to achieve this mission through the simultaneous pursuit of environmental quality, public health, economic prosperity and social well-being, including environmental justice and the empowerment of individuals to participate in environmental decisions that affect their lives.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Phone: (919) 707-9800
The mission of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of the environment in ways that emphasize the natural diversity of North Carolina and the southeastern United States and relate the region to the world as a whole.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission*
The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is the state government agency that sustains the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of the state's fishing, hunting, trapping, and boating laws.
Board Member: Kendrick Weeks, Mountain Wildlife Diversity Supervisor
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement*
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is a bureau within the United States Department of the Interior. OSM is responsible for establishing a nationwide program to protect society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations, underwhich OSM is charged with balancing the nation’s need for continued domestic coal production with protection of the environment.
Board Member: Patrick Angel, Senior Forester/Soil Scientist
Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Division of Wildlife*
Land acquisition, harvest regulations, and licensing are fundamental tools in the management of Ohio's wildlife resources. The Division of Wildlife manages or cooperates in managing over three-quarters of a million acres of diverse wildlife lands throughout the state, plus more than 2 1/4 million acres of water. On the basis of biological data and public input, it issues regulations that supplement long-term statutes to protect wildlife and to provide the public with opportunities to benefit from wildlife for recreational, scientific, and other purposes.
Board Member: Mike Reynolds, Wildlife Research Administrator
Pennsylvania Game Commission*
The Commission is responsible for managing all of Pennsylvania's wild birds and mammals and enforcing the Game and Wildlife Code, Fish and Boat Code, Forestry Laws and Pennsylvania's Crimes Code. Since its formation, the Commission has purchased lands for inclusion in its State Game Lands system, which currently contains about 300 separate tracts comprising a total of more than 1.4 million acres, and dedicates an extraordinary amount of manpower to the never-ending effort of spreading the word and educating Pennsylvanians about wildlife.
Board Member, Chair: Daniel Brauning, Wildlife Diversity Division Chief
Penn State University
Phone: (814) 865-4700
Penn State is a multicampus public research university that educates students from Pennsylvania, the nation and the world, and improves the well being and health of individuals and communities through integrated programs of teaching, research, and service. As Pennsylvania's land-grant university, we provide unparalleled access and public service to support the citizens of the Commonwealth. We engage in collaborative activities with industrial, educational, and agricultural partners here and abroad to generate, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society.
Ruffed Grouse Society*
Our members are mainly grouse and woodcock hunters who support national scientific conservation and management efforts to ensure the future of the species. Our organization employs a team of wildlife biologists to work with private landowners, and government, including local, state and federal, land managers who are interested in improving their land for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and the other songbirds and wildlife that have similar requirements.
Board Member: Linda Ordiway, Mid-Atlantic/Appalachian Regional Biologist
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is one of the country’s oldest and most respected land trusts. SAHC works to protect the world’s oldest mountains for the benefit of present and future generation. Founded in 1974 as a non profit, charitable organization, SAHC works to conserve the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, local farmland and scenic beauty of the mountains of North Carolina and east Tennessee for the benefit of present and future generations. This is achieved by forging and maintaining conservation relationships with landowners and public agencies, owning and managing land, and working with communities to accomplish their conservation objectives.
Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative
The Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative (CASRI) is a partnership of diverse interests with a common goal of restoring historic red spruce-northern hardwood ecosystems across the Southern Appalachian landscape. It is comprised of private, state, federal, and non-governmental organizations which recognize the importance of this ecosystem for its ecological, aesthetic, recreational, economic, and cultural values.
A partnership of State Wildlife Agencies Conserving State Priority Birds on their Wintering Grounds in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The partnership supports the common vision of providing a funding mechanism for bird conservation projects in these regions to support priority birds throughout their annual cycle and protect the state wildlife agencies investments.
Tennessee River Gorge Trust
Since 1981, the Tennessee River Gorge Trust has worked to protect our precious natural resources for the citizens of this community and for the species that inhabit the forests and rivers. Most importantly, we preserve for the sake of future generations who we want to enjoy these beautiful landscapes.Through the cooperation of landowners and the generosity of the local community, we have protected 17,004.81 acres of pristine wilderness within the 27,000 acre Gorge.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency*
The mission of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is to preserve, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the benefit and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors. The Agency will foster the safe use of the state’s waters through a program of law enforcement, education, and access. If you love outdoor sports and the natural world or if you just like to observe wildlife, build birdhouses, or are just curious about the critters in your backyard - the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is here to help enrich your outdoor experience.
Board Member: David Hanni, Bird Conservation Coordinator
U.S. Forest Service - Eastern and Southern Regions*
Phone: ER: (414) 297-3600; SR: (404) 347-4095
Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. It is the largest forestry research organization in the world and provides technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies. The job of Forest Service managers is to help people share and enjoy the forest, while conserving the environment for generations yet to come.
Board Member: Clyde Thompson, Forest Supervisor at Monongahela National Forest
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast & Southeast Regions*
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Board Member: Pamela Toschik, Chief, Migratory Birds, Northeast Region
Board Member: Bill Uihlein, Assistant Regional Director, Science Applications, Southeast Region
U.S. Geological Survey*
Phone: (703) 648-5953
The U. S Geological Survey (USGS) is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information. As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the USGS collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems.
University of Tennessee, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
Nestled in the shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains, the University of Tennessee is located in an ideal setting for your study in natural resources, forestry, recreation, wildlife, fisheries, forest products, and the environment. Our vision is to be recognized nationally and internationally as a premier university research, teaching and outreach department focusing on the natural resource disciplines. As the flagship natural resource program in Tennessee, we will be known for our leadership, and our ability to address the needs of the state, the region and beyond. Our mission is to advance the science and sustainable management of natural resources to promote their health, utilization, and appreciation in Tennessee, the region and beyond through programs in teaching, research and extension.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries*
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is responsible for the management of inland fisheries, wildlife, and recreational boating for the Commonwealth of Virginia. It seeks to manage Virginia's wildlife and inland fish to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.
Board Member: David Whitehurst, Director of the Bureau of Wildlife Resources
Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment
The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, which consistently ranks among the top three programs of its kind in the nation, advances the science of sustainability. Programs prepare the future generation of leaders to address the complex natural resources issues facing the planet. World-class faculty lead transformational research that complements the student learning experience and impacts citizens and communities across the globe on sustainability issues, especially as they pertain to water, climate, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, sustainable biomaterials, ecosystems, and geography. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources*
Phone: (304) 558-2754
The Wildlife Diversity Program’s primary responsibility is to conserve the state’s nongame wildlife resources through the identification and management of nongame species and their habitats. The WDP also seeks to inform and educate the public about the resource, and to enhance the recreational opportunities it provides.
Board Member: Scott Warner, Assistant Wildlife Resources Section Chief
West Virginia University, Division of Forestry & Natural Resources
The Division of Forestry & Natural Resources combines the warmth of a small school with the resources of West Virginia University. Our student experience a hands-on, rigorous, demanding, professional education. The Division of Forestry & Natural Resources students are a friendly, close-knit group. Professors teach their own classes and interact with students daily. They are caring and accessible, and students and faculty are on a first-name basis.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the region’s exceptional natural places. Since its founding in 1932, WPC has conserved more than 233,000 acres in Western Pennsylvania, restored watersheds, and saved wildlife. WPC maintains and operates Fallingwater, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork and a symbol of the harmony between nature and humankind. The Community Gardens and Greenspace program draws more than 13,000 volunteers annually to beautify communities in 20 counties. A membership-based organization, WPC relies on those who also care about the region as it works to conserve our natural places for generations to come.
Wildlife Management Institute*
The Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) supports the wise use of wildlife, including regulated recreational hunting of designated populations. WMI endorses the proposition of game management, the concept of biological diversity, and principles of ecology. It recognizes that wildlife management must be a skillful blend of science and art in relation to dynamic human circumstances, values, and expectations. And the Wildlife Management Institute believes that wildlife not only reflects the continent's wealth but, in many respects, wildlife is that wealth.
Board Member - Jon Gassett, Southeastern Field Representative