Government Affairs Program

Government Affairs promotes sound wildlife policy by

  • Providing professional input on wildlife issues.

  • Communicating official TWS policy positions.

  • Monitoring legislative and regulatory proposals.

  • Providing policy information to TWS members.

  • Involving TWS members in policy decisions.

  • Coordinating position statements and technical reviews.

US Capitol


Senators Kerry (D-MA), Lieberman (I-CT), and Graham (R-SC) are currently drafting new energy and climate legislation, said to be supporting a broad energy package including renewables, clean coal, natural gas, and nuclear.

There is concern that the climate and adaptation aspects of the bill will not be included, but failure to curb greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change may cause harm to wildlife and their habitats.

Please contact your Senator and let them know that you want to make sure that wildlife adaptation language be included in the bill! Find your Senator by scrolling down this page. Click on their webform or enter their website where you will find their fax number and email.

Recent Actions of the Policy Office

  • Testimony on feral cats -  DC City Council proposed legislation that would prohibit euthanasia as a tool for feral cat management.

  • Comments on Navy OLF - on proposal to build a landing field near the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.

  • TWS comments on Tongass Plan - Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Tongass Land Management Plan adjustment.

  • Northern Spotted Owl - comments to the USFWS on the 2007 Draft Recovery Plan for the Northern Spotted Owl.

  • Prairie dog management - comments on the Nebraska National Forests plan for prairie dog management.

  • Thank you to Bingaman - letter thanking Senator Bingaman for including wildlife funding in his climate change legislation.

  • Open letter to Congress - contained recommendations for reforming energy development policies to balance the needs of wildlife with energy production.

News Policy Activities
Wildlife Policy News
The Wildlifer
The Wildlife Professional
Wildlife Policy Priorities
Position Statements

Technical Reviews

Coalitions and Partnerships
Policy Internships
Toolkit for TWS Subunits
Archive of Policy Activities
Human-Wildlife Conflict

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