Around the States: SEAFWA, Massachusetts, Michigan

Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) Meeting:  Wildlife directors and professionals from across the southeastern United States gathered in Corpus Christi, Texas during the week of October 15th for the 77th Annual SEAFWA Meeting, hosted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and Safari Club International (SCI) and the Texas Trophy Hunters Association (TTHA) were in attendance to represent its membership and engage on conservation and hunting issues.  SCI State and Local Liaisons Bee Frederick and Chris Tymeson, as well as Lauren Conklin, TTHA Director of Media Relations, attended, meeting with wildlife regulators and other non-governmental organizations on topics of importance to TTHA and SCI and their chapters and members.  TTHA and SCI were Bronze sponsors of the overall event and sponsored a luncheon for the wildlife administrators, presenting on the organizational aspects of both SCI and TTHA and offering assistance to the state wildlife agencies.  SCI and TTHA continue to lead from the front and are always first for hunters.  Pictured L-R:  Bee Frederick, SCI Eastern State and Local Liaison, Lauren Conklin, Director of Media Relations, TTHA, and Chris Tymeson, SCI Western State and Local Liaison.

Massachusetts: SCI joined 7 other hunting and conservation organizations in opposition to legislation that proposes to unnecessarily overhaul the state’s firearms laws and implement restrictions that will be extremely prohibitive to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s (MassWildlife) management and conservation funding, Recruiting, Retention, and Reactivation (R3) efforts within the sporting community, and may eliminate access to private lands in the Commonwealth. Read the letter. 

Michigan: In an effort to further Michigan’s wetland conservation investments and associated benefits, SCI joined a coalition letter advocating for robust wetland restoration funding in Michigan’s Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2025. Read the letter.