Management Board

Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources


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.

Board Member: Mercedes Maddox, Nongame Wildlife Biologist

American Bird Conservancy


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: Jennifer Cipolletti, Director of Conservation Advocacy and Director of the Bird Conservation Alliance

Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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: Viviana Ruiz Gutierrez, Assistant Director, Center for Avian Population Studies and Leader, Conservation Science Program at Cornell

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.

Board seat is currently vacant

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: Zach Couch, 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


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. This work is crucial to keep vital habitats and unique species from being lost forever.

Board Member (Interim): Katy Shallows, Restoration and Public Lands Manager, WV Chapter

National Audubon Society


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 (Interim): Scott Parkhill, Forest Program Manager, Audubon Mid-Atlantic

Natural Resources Conservation Service


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: Greg Stone, State Conservationist for Kentucky

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, Director of Conservation Operations (East)

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 (OSMRE) is a bureau within the United States Department of the Interior. OSMRE is responsible for establishing a nationwide program to protect society and the environment from the adverse effects of surface coal mining operations, under which OSMRE is charged with balancing the nation’s need for continued domestic coal production with protection of the environment.

Board Member: Scott Eggerud, Team Lead for the Appalachian Region

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 (interim): Laura Kearns, Wildlife Biologist

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: Lisa Williams, Wildlife Diversity Division Chief

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: Nick Biemiller, Forest Conservation Director, Southern Appalachian Region

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: Brian Chandler, Forestry Coordinator

U.S. Forest Service – Eastern and Southern Regions


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 Members

Eastern Region: Collin Shephard, Forest Stewardship Program Coordinator

Southern Region:  Donna Ray, Regional Wildlife Ecologist

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 Members

AMJV Board Vice-chair, Northeast Region: Pamela Toschik, Chief, Migratory Birds

Southeast Region: Bill Uihlein, Assistant Regional Director, Science Applications

U.S. Geological Survey


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.

Board Member: Mark Wimer, Wildlife Program Manager, Ecosystems Mission Area


Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources


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: Jennifer Allen, Assistant Chief, Wildlife Division

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources


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 and AMJV Board Chair: Scott Warner, Assistant Wildlife Resources Section Chief

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

American Forest Foundation


The mission of the American Forest Foundation is to deliver meaningful conservation impact through the empowerment of family forest owners. Working together, we strive to cultivate the many conservation benefits family-owned forests provide—and demonstrate their value to American communities, companies and landowners alike.

Board Member – Madeline Jennison, Senior Leader, Norther Biodiversity