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Pollinators

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Pollinator conservation and management have become major concerns for state, federal, and private land managers throughout the United States. Pollinators are a critical component of nearly every ecosystem and contribute significantly to an area’s biodiversity. They provide fundamental ecological services, but are, in most cases, a relatively unknown and underappreciated group of taxa. Pollinator is a collective term for any organism (e.g. insect, bird, bat, mammal, reptile) that facilitates the transport of pollen from the male anthers to the female stigma, either of the same flower (autogamy) or of different individual flowers (heterogamy). Pollination is required for successful plant fertilization and the viable production of seeds and fruit, and 88% of plants utilize or require animal pollination to some degree. Loss of pollinators, also known as pollinator decline (of which colony collapse disorder in domestic honey bees is perhaps the most well known example) has been a point of major national and international concern in recent years. Observed losses of honey bee colonies are having significant economic impacts and, likely, substantial ecological impacts. Suspected declines in many other pollinators (e.g., native bees, bats) may exacerbate this growing problem. Possible explanations for pollinator declines include habitat destruction, pesticides, parasitism/diseases, and others. Federal and state legislative efforts protecting bees and other pollinators, or providing incentives for their protection, are being affected in the United States and Europe.

Numerous federal and state agencies and private organizations have become actively involved in pollinator conservation. The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign, managed by the Pollinator Partnership, is a tri-national alliance that fosters communication among Pollinator Working Groups (WGs), pollinator researchers, non-governmental agencies, and state and federal agencies from Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Regional Pollinator WGs have also been established for several broad areas of the United States. Although pollinator conservation has not traditionally been considered a major aspect of installation natural resource management programs, DoD’s recent focus on ecosystem management and ecosystem services has provided opportunities to increase management emphasis on many nongame species, including pollinators. The high quality of existing forested, riparian, and open habitats on many military lands provide excellent nectar resources and nesting sites for a large variety of pollinators, some of which are either threatened, endangered, or at-risk species (TER-S) or pollinators or seed dispersers of TER-S plants.

In 1999, the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association (NMFWA) sponsored a “Pollinator Conservation and Management Workshop” in conjunction with its Annual Training Workshop in Burlingame, California.  The program was conducted by representatives of Pollinator Conservation International (PCI) and was well attended by DoD personnel.  The session revealed an increasing interest in developing pollinator conservation, management, and awareness programs on installations throughout the nation.  A follow-up technical session entitled “Pollinator Conservation and Management” was held as part of the 2000 NMFWA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.  At the 2008 NMFWA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, a morning session featured international experts (Dr. Stephen Buchmann and Ms. Laurie Adams) on pollinator biology and conservation. The session focused on pollinator declines and introduced the Pollinator Protection Campaign (now the Pollinator Partnership). At the 2009 NMFWA meeting in Washington, DC, the DoD Natural Resources Program hosted a half-day Workshop on Pollinator Habitat Restoration. The workshop was attended by almost 90 DoD natural resource personnel, and was very well reviewed. The 2009 workshop was the impetus to form a NMFWA Pollinator Working Group.  

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Conservation Law Enforcement

The Conservation Law Enforcement Working Group was formed in 2008 to:

  • Facilitate communication and information exchange among members of NMFWA who are responsible for conservation law enforcement or those who have an interest in conservation law enforcement.
  • Enhance knowledge and technical capabilities of Department of Defense natural resources and conservation law enforcement professionals in the area of conservation law enforcement.
  • Increase awareness and appreciation within DOD of conservation law enforcement issues and decision-making processes.

To achieve these goals, the Working Group:

  • Provides regular communication among members of NMFWA interested in conservation law enforcement through e-mail discussions, meetings, symposia, workshops, newsletters, specialty publications, and other means.
  • Promotes membership in NMFWA to DOD conservation law enforcement and natural resources professionals interested in conservation law enforcement.
  • Provides information and technical assistance to NMFWA members in the area of conservation law enforcement.
  • Makes recommendations to the NMFWA Board of Directors for specific actions by NMFWA in the area of conservation law enforcement.
  • Develops draft technical reviews, position statements, and other materials in the area of conservation law enforcement for consideration by the NMFWA Board of Directors.
  • Provides information and technical assistance to government officials, journalists, educators, other organizations, and the general public in the area of conservation law enforcement.
  • Hosts or supports military service efforts to provide conservation law enforcement annual refresher training.

To join the Conservation Law Enforcement Working Group, please simply send an e-mail to the Working Group Chair.

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Invasive Species Working Group Charter

ARTICLE I. NAME, SCOPE, AND AFFILIATION

Section 1. NAME - The name of this organization shall be the Invasive Species Working Group of the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association, hereinafter referred to as the Working Group.
Section 2. SCOPE - This Working Group shall have as its scope of organization the study and transfer of information relative to management of Invasive plant and animal species, hereinafter referred to as Invasive species, on U.S. military lands and waters.
Section 3. AFFILIATION - The Working Group shall conform to the Bylaws, goals, objectives, policies and positions adopted by the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association, hereinafter referred to as the Association or NMFWA.


ARTICLE II. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Section 1. GOALS - Consistent with the goals of NMFWA, the Working Group's goals are:
1. Facilitate communication and information exchange among members of the NMFWA interested in Invasive plant and animal species.
2. Enhance knowledge and technical capabilities of Department of Defense (hereinafter referred to as DOD) natural resources professionals in the area of Invasive species management.
3. Increase awareness and appreciation within DOD of Invasive species management issues, decision-making processes, and funding avenues.
Section 2. OBJECTIVES - To aid in the achievement of these goals, the Working Group objectives are:
4. Provide regular communication among members of NMFWA interested in Invasive species management through e-mail discussions, meetings, symposia, workshops, newsletters, NMFWA annual meeting poster, specialty publications, and other means.
5. Promote membership in NMFWA to DOD natural resources professionals interested in Invasive species management.
6. Provide information and technical assistance to NMFWA members in the area of Invasive species management.
7. Make recommendations to the NMFWA Board of Directors for specific actions by NMFWA in the area of Invasive species management.
8. Develop draft technical reviews, position statements, and other materials in the area of Invasive species management for consideration by the NMFWA Board of Directors.
9. Provide information and technical assistance to government officials, journalists, educators, other organizations, and the general public in the area of Invasive species management.


ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. MEMBER - Membership in the Working Group shall be available to any member of NMFWA with an interest in Invasive species management. Working Group membership shall be available only to members of NMFWA.
Section 2. NUMBER OF MEMBERS - The Working Group shall be comprised of not less than ten (10) NMFWA members to maintain active status.


ARTICLE IV. ELECTIONS AND OFFICERS

Section 1. NOMINATIONS - The Past Chair or Co-chairs shall nominate a slate of two candidates for each of the elective positions, namely: Chair, (or Co-Chairs) and Recording Secretary. In some years one person may not want to Chair the Working Group. For these years, Co-Chairs may be elected.
Clause A. Nominees must consent to becoming a candidate.
Clause B. The slate of nominees shall be submitted to the membership at least 30 days prior to March 1.
Clause C. A member shall not be a nominee for more than one elective position at a time and may serve in only one position at a time.
Clause D. A member may be elected for up to two consecutive terms in the same elective position.
Clause E. The Past Chair or Co-Chairs or a two-term Recording Secretary must not hold an elective position for one year before he/she can be nominated again for an elective position.
Section 2. BALLOTING - Balloting shall occur by mail, fax, or email. Ballots shall be sent to the Past Chair or Co-Chairs by March 1, who will tabulate and report the results. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes on the written ballot shall be elected.
Section 3. OFFICERS - Officers of the Invasive Species Working Group shall consist of a Chair or two Co-Chairs, a Recording Secretary, and immediate Past Chair or Co-Chairs. Their duties are:
Clause A. CHAIRMEN - The Chair or Co-Chairs shall preside at all meetings of the membership; shall appoint chairs of all committees; and shall be an ex officio member of all committees. The Chair or Co-Chairs may represent the Working Group or appoint alternate representatives to other NMFWA working groups, the NMFWA Board of Directors, or to other groups or meetings as may be designated by the NMFWA Board of Directors. The Chair or Co-Chairs shall be responsible for submitting an annual report of the Working Group's activity to the NMFWA Board of Directors by 15 March. Upon completion of one or two full terms (determined by whether the Chair or Co-Chairs are re-elected for a second term), the Chair or Co-Chairs succeed to the position of immediate Past Chair or Co-Chairs.
Clause B. PAST CHAIR - The immediate Past Chair or Co-Chairs shall perform any duties assigned by the Chair or Co-Chairs; shall conduct the nominations and elections of officers of the Working Group.
Clause C. RECORDING SECRETARY - The Recording Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining the files and records (Article VI) of the Working Group. Duties shall also include recording the minutes of all membership meetings and issuing copies of the minutes to the NMFWA Board of Directors and Working Group members (on request).
Section 4. TERM OF OFFICE - The officers serve for approximately two calendar years; are inducted at the Annual Meeting or, if no meeting is held, at the conclusion of the NMFWA Annual Meeting; assume office immediately following induction; and, unless re-elected, terminate their duties at the following Annual Meeting, or as such time as their successors are elected and installed.
Section 5. VACANCIES - If the offices of Chair or both Co-Chairs are vacated for any reason, the NMFWA Board of Directors shall appoint an Acting Chair or Co-Chairs from among the Working Group's members to complete the rest of the term until the next Working Group election. If only one Co-Chair is vacated, the other Co-Chair shall elect to serve out the term acting alone or ask the NMFWA Board of Directors to appoint another Co-Chair to serve out the remaining term. If the office of Recording Secretary is vacated for any reason, the Chair or Co- Chair shall appoint a member to fill the remainder of the term. All appointments shall conform to the criteria for nominees found in Article IV, Section 1, Clause A, C, and E.


ARTICLE V. MEETINGS

Section 1. MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - Membership meetings shall be held at such times and places as determined and published by the Chair or Co-Chairs.
CLAUSE A. ANNUAL MEETING - The membership meeting held in conjunction with the Association's Annual Meeting shall be known as the Annual Meeting of the Working Group and shall be for the purposes of electing and/or inducting officers, receiving reports of officers and committees, and for any other business that may arise.
CLAUSE B. DUE NOTICE - Members must be notified at least 30 days prior to meetings.
CLAUSE C. QUORUM - Quorum for meetings shall be 15 percent of the membership or five (5) members in good standing, whichever are greater.
CLAUSE D. MEETING RULES - Order of business and parliamentary procedures shall follow Robert's Rules of Order, latest revision.
CLAUSE E. CHARTER - The Working Group charter shall be available for inspection during every meeting.


ARTICLE VI. MANAGEMENT AND FINANCING

Section 1. REPORTS - Within 21 days of an election or other official action of the Working Group, the Secretary shall report such action to the NMFWA Board of Directors. An annual report shall be submitted to the NMFWA Board by March 15, which shall include the Working Group's activities for the past year (Article IV, Section 3, Clause A) and a list of the current membership of the Working Group.
Section 2. FILES - The Working Group shall maintain files containing: Bylaws of the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association, Charter of the Invasive Species Working Group, minutes of all meetings of the membership, correspondence pertinent to the Working Group's affairs, list of membership, and all other material designated as pertinent by the Chair or Co-Chairs.
Section 3. FINANCES - Should the Working Group desire to take an action that requires finances, such as a committee activity or event, the Chair or Co-Chairs shall ask the NMFWA Board as to the availability of funds. Should funds be granted, the accountability and reporting requirements for the funds are at the determination of the NMFWA Board. If the Working Group determines that a nominal fee would need to be collected to hold an event, then any funds that remain once expenses have been met shall be turned over to the Association.


ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES

Section 1. COMMITTEES - Any committee that the Working Group establishes to accomplish the Working Group's goals and objectives shall be considered ad hoc.
Section 2. APPOINTMENTS - The Working Group Chair or Co-Chairs shall appoint chairs for any committee. Committee chairs shall complete their committees with the assistance of the Working Group Chair or Co-Chairs.
Section 3. REPORTS - All committee chairs shall submit a written summary of committee activities to the Working Group Chair or Co-Chairs and Recording Secretary before the close of each annual meeting of the Working Group.
Section 4. ACCOUNTABILITY - All committees shall be accountable to and under the general supervision of the Working Group Chair or Co-Chairs.
Section 5. TENURE - All committees shall serve until the duties assigned to the committee have been discharged.


ARTICLE VIII. TECHNICAL REVIEWS AND POSITION STATEMENTS

Section 1. GUIDELINES - At the request of the NMFWA Board of Directors, or on their own initiative, the Working Group may develop draft technical reviews and draft position statements on issues within the area of Invasive species management for approval by the Association.
Section 2. PROCEDURES - Proposed technical reviews and position statements may be drafted by a special committee or individual member for consideration by the Working Group. Approval by a majority of the Working Group membership voting is required before the statement can be forwarded to the NMFWA Board of Directors for appropriate action. ARTICLE IX. DISSOLUTION
Section 1. STANDARDS TO CONTINUE - The Working Group must continue to demonstrate its viability to the NMFWA Board of Directors by meeting the following requirements:
1) filing the required annual reports (Article VI, Section 1),
2) maintaining at least ten members,
3) conduct at least one activity each calendar year (can include an electronic mail discussion), and
4) fulfilling the purposes of this charter.
Section 2. GRACE PERIOD - If the Working Group is unable to meet the standards of Section 1 in this article for a given calendar year, the Group shall have a one-year grace period in which to resume compliance before the NMFWA Board of Directors may begin dissolution of the Working Group.
Section 3. DISSOLUTION - The NMFWA Board of Directors may withdraw official recognition of the Working Group and order the Group to disband if the Board finds that the Group was unable to maintain the standards of Section 1 of this Article for two consecutive years. The NMFWA Board may also dissolve the Working Group if it does not conform as stated in Article 1, Section 3.


ARTICLE X. AMENDMENT TO CHARTER

Section 1. PROCEDURE - This charter may be altered or amended by a majority of the Working Group members voting by mail or email ballot, or at any membership meeting provided that due notice of the proposed changes (Article V, Section 1, Clause B) has been provided.
Section 2. CONFORMANCE - No amendment to this charter shall be enacted that results in a conflict with the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association Bylaws. Amendments to this charter that are approved by the Working Group's membership, as defined in Section 1 of this Article, do not become effective until approved by the NMFWA Board of Directors.

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Stories from the Field

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce headed by Dr. Lester Spell has organized an official signing of a Memorandum of Agreement establishing a Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) on 14 October 2008. The CWMA is a joint effort to cooperate in the fight against invasive weeds and find funding to extend the efforts of state and federal agencies to the 80% of the state owned by private landowners. It will be a major step forward just to "provide a cohesive mechanism to plan, fund and manage programs" with pooled efforts to research, educate, control, and eradicate.

Signers are expected to include NAS Meridian, NCBC Gulfport, Keesler AFB, Columbus AFB, Camp Shelby, Camp McCain, US Army Corps of Engineers Research & Development Center, USFWS, USDA NRCS, 3 National Forests, USDOT, TVA, TNC and 50 or 60 other state and federal agencies, conservation and agriculture groups, power and gas pipeline companies. CWMA's are common in the west but this is the first in the east, we think. The effort to draft the agreement began as a project within the Mississippi Exotic Pest Plant Council (MS-EPPC) and follows on the success of the Mississippi Cogongrass Task Force.

Actual articles will be forthcoming after October 14. Military natural resources managers may want to start or join in similar efforts to ensure entire states are pulling together for invasive control outside and inside the installation fence. Copies of the agreement are available from james.f.copeland@navy.mil.

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CHARTER FOR THE HERPETOLOGY WORKING GROUP OF THE NATIONAL MILITARY FISH & WILDLIFE ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE I. NAME, SCOPE, AND AFFILIATION
Section 1. NAME - The name of this organization shall be the Herpetology Working Group of the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association, hereinafter referred to as the Working Group.
Section 2. SCOPE - This Working Group shall have as its scope of organization the study and transfer of information relative to management of herptile species on U.S. military lands and waters.
Section 3. AFFILIATION - The Working Group shall conform to the Bylaws, goals, objectives, policies and positions adopted by the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association, hereinafter referred to as the Association or NMFWA.
 
 
ARTICLE II. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Section 1. GOALS - Consistent with the goals of NMFWA, the Working Group’s goals are:

  • Facilitate communication and information exchange among members of
    NMFWA interested in herptile species.
  • Enhance knowledge and technical capabilities of Department of Defense (hereinafter referred to as DOD) natural resources professionals in the area of herptile species management.
  • Increase awareness and appreciation within DOD of herptile species management issues and decision-making processes.
Section 2. OBJECTIVES - To aid in the achievement of these goals, the Working Group
objectives are:
  1. Provide regular communication among members of NMFWA interested in herptile species management through e-mail discussions, meetings, symposia, workshops, newsletters, specialty publications, and other means.
  2. Promote membership in NMFWA to DOD natural resources professionals interested in herptile species management.
  3. Provide information and technical assistance to NMFWA members in the area of herptile species management.
  4. Make recommendations to the NMFWA Board of Directors for specific actions by NMFWA in the area of herptile species management.
  5. Develop draft technical reviews, position statements, and other materials in the area of herptile species management for consideration by the NMFWA Board of Directors.
  6. Provide information and technical assistance to government officials, journalists, educators, other organizations, and the general public in the area of herptile species management.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. MEMBER - Membership in the Working Group shall be available to any member of NMFWA with an interest in herptile species management. Working Group membershipshall be available only to members of NMFWA.
Section 2. NUMBER OF MEMBERS - The Working Group shall be comprised of not less than ten (10) NMFWA members to maintain active status.

ARTICLE IV. ELECTIONS AND OFFICERS
Section 1. NOMINATIONS - The Past Chair shall nominate a slate of two candidates for each of the elective positions, namely: Chair and Recording Secretary.
Clause A. Nominees must consent to becoming a candidate.
Clause B. The slate of nominees shall be submitted to the membership at least 30 days prior to March 1.
Clause C. A member shall not be a nominee for more than one elective position at a time and may serve in only one position at a time.
Clause D. A member may be elected for up to two consecutive terms in the same elective position.
Clause E. The Past Chair or a two-term Recording Secretary must not hold an elective position for one year before he/she can be nominated again for an elective position.
Section 2. BALLOTING - Balloting shall occur by mail or submitted by fax. Ballots shall be sent to the Past Chair by March 1, who will tabulate and report the results. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes on the written ballot shall be elected.
Section 3. OFFICERS - Officers of the Herpetology Working Group shall consist of a Chair, a Recording Secretary, and immediate Past Chair. Their duties are:
Clause A. CHAIR - The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the membership; shall appoint chairs of all committees; and shall be an ex officio member of all committees. The Chair may represent the Working Group or appoint alternate representatives to other NMFWA working groups, the NMFWA Board of Directors, or to other groups or meetings as may be designated by the NMFWA Board of Directors. The Chair shall be responsible for submitting an annual report of the Working Group’s activity to the NMFWA Board of Directors by 15 March. Upon completion of one or two full terms (determined by whether the Chair is re-elected for a second term), the Chair succeeds to the position of immediate Past Chair.
Clause B. PAST CHAIR - The immediate Past Chair shall perform any duties assigned by the Chair; shall conduct the nominations and elections of officers of theWorking Group.
Clause C. RECORDING SECRETARY - The Recording Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining the files and records (Article VI) of the Working Group. Duties shall also include recording the minutes of all membership meetings and issuing copies of the minutes to the NMFWA Board of Directors and Working Group members (on request).
Section 4. TERM OF OFFICE - The officers serve for approximately one calendar year; are inducted at the Annual Meeting or, if no meeting is held, at the conclusion of the NMFWA Annual Meeting; assume office immediately following induction; and, unless re-elected, terminate their duties at the following Annual Meeting, or as such time as their successors are elected and installed.
Section 5. VACANCIES - If the office of Chair is vacated for any reason, the NMFWA Board of Directors shall appoint an Acting Chair from among the Working Group’s members to complete the rest of the term until the next Working Group election. If the office of Recording Secretary is vacated for any reason, the Chair shall appoint a member to fill the remainder of the term. All appointments shall conform to the criteria for nominees found in Article IV, Section 1, Clause A, C, and E. 

ARTICLE V. MEETINGS
Section 1. MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS - Membership meetings shall be held at such times and places as determined and published by the Chair.
CLAUSE A. ANNUAL MEETING - The membership meeting held in conjunction with the Association’s Annual Meeting shall be known as the Annual Meeting of the Working Group and shall be for the purposes of electing and/or inducting officers, receiving reports of officers and committees, and for any other business that may arise.
CLAUSE B. DUE NOTICE - Members must be notified at least 30 days prior to meetings.
CLAUSE C. QUORUM - Quorum for meetings shall be 15 percent of the membership or five (5) members in good standing, whichever is greater.
CLAUSE D. MEETING RULES - Order of business and parliamentary procedures shall follow Robert’s Rules of Order, latest revision.
CLAUSE E. CHARTER - The Working Group charter shall be available for inspection during every meeting.
 
ARTICLE VI. MANAGEMENT AND FINANCING
Section 1. REPORTS - Within 21 days of an election or other official action of the Working Group, the Secretary shall report such action to the NMFWA Board of Directors. An annual report shall be submitted to the NMFWA Board by March 15 which shall include the Working Group’s activities for the past year (Article IV, Section 3, ClauseA) and a list of the current membership of the Working Group.
Section 2. FILES - The Working Group shall maintain files containing: Bylaws of the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association, Charter of the Herpetology Working Group, minutes of all meetings of the membership, correspondence pertinent to the Working Group’s affairs, list of membership, and all other material designated as pertinent by the Chair.
Section 3. FINANCES - Should the Working Group desire to take an action that requires finances, such as a committee activity or event, the Chair shall ask the NMFWA Board as to the availability of funds. Should funds be granted, the accountability and reporting requirements for the funds are at the determination of the NMFWA Board. If the Working Group determines that a nominal fee would need to be collected to hold an event, then any funds that remain once expenses have been met shall be turned over to the Association.
 
ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES
Section 1. COMMITTEES - Any committee that the Working Group establishes to accomplish the Working Group’s goals and objectives shall be considered ad hoc.
Section 2. APPOINTMENTS - The Working Group Chair shall appoint chairs for any committee. Committee chairs shall complete their committees with the assistance of the Working Group Chair.
Section 3. REPORTS - All committee chairs shall submit a written summary of committee activities to the Working Group Chair and Recording Secretary before the close of each annual meeting of the Working Group.
Section 4. ACCOUNTABILITY - All committees shall be accountable to and under the general supervision of the Working Group Chair.
Section 5. TENURE - All committees shall serve until the duties assigned to the committee have been discharged.

ARTICLE VIII. TECHNICAL REVIEWS AND POSITION STATEMENTS
Section 1. GUIDELINES - At the request of the NMFWA Board of Directors, the Working Group may develop draft technical reviews and draft position statements on issues within the area of herptile species management for approval by the Association.
Section 2. PROCEDURES - Proposed technical reviews and position statements may be drafted by a special committee or individual member for consideration by the Working Group. Approval by a majority of the Working Group membership voting is required before the statement can be forwarded to the NMFWA Board of Directors for appropriate action.

ARTICLE IX. DISSOLUTION
Section 1. STANDARDS TO CONTINUE - The Working Group must continue to demonstrateits viability to the NMFWA Board of Directors by meeting the following requirements: 1) filing the required annual reports (Article VI, Section 1), 2) maintaining at least ten members, 3) conduct at least one activity each calendar year (can include an electronic mail discussion), and 4) fulfilling the purposes of this charter.
Section 2. GRACE PERIOD - If the Working Group is unable to meet the standards of Section 1 in this article for a given calendar year, the Group shall have a one-year grace period in which to resume compliance before the NMFWA Board of Directors may begin dissolution of the Working Group.
Section 3. DISSOLUTION - The NMFWA Board of Directors may withdraw official recognition of the Working Group and order the Group to disband if the Board finds that the Group was unable to maintain the standards of Section 1 of this Article for two consecutive years. The NMFWA Board may also dissolve the Working Group if it does not conform as stated in Article 1, Section 3.

ARTICLE X. AMENDMENT TO CHARTER
Section 1. PROCEDURE - This charter may be altered or amended by a majority of the Working Group members voting by mail ballot, or at any membership meeting provided that due notice of the proposed changes (Article V, Section 1, Clause B) has been provided.
Section 2. CONFORMANCE - No amendment to this charter shall be enacted that results in a conflict with the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association Bylaws. Amendments to this charter that are approved by the Working Group’s membership, as defined in Section 1 of this Article, do not become effective until approved by the NMFWA Board of Directors.
 

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Invasive Species

The Invasive Species Working Group (ISWG) was formed in 2001 to address the impacts of invasive species on U.S. military lands and waters. The WG is devoted to the management of natural ecosystems through the study and transfer of information relative to invasive plant and animal species. The Goals of the ISMG are to:

  1. Facilitate communication and information exchange among members of the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association (NMFWA) interested in Invasive plant and animal species.
  2. Enhance knowledge and technical capabilities of Department of Defense (DOD) natural resources professionals in the area of Invasive species management.
  3. Increase awareness and appreciation within DOD of Invasive species management issues, decision-making processes, and funding avenues.
To obtain these goals, the ISWG will:
  1. Provide regular communication among members of NMFWA interested in Invasive species management through e-mail discussions, meetings, symposia, workshops, newsletters, NMFWA annual meeting poster, specialty publications, and other means.
  2. Promote membership in NMFWA to DOD natural resources professionals interested in Invasive species management.
  3. Provide information and technical assistance to NMFWA members in the area of Invasive species management.
  4. Make recommendations to the NMFWA Board of Directors for specific actions by NMFWA in the area of Invasive species management.
  5. Develop draft technical reviews, position statements, and other materials in the area of Invasive species management for consideration by the NMFWA Board of Directors
  6. Provide information and technical assistance to government officials, journalists, educators, other organizations, and the general public in the area of Invasive species management.

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Fish & Wildlife Recreation

The Fish & Wildlife Recreation Working Group is concerned with recreational activities involving natural resources on military installations. Specific subjects within the scope of this working group include but are not limited to hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife-viewing, camping, public access, permits, fish and wildlife management activities in support of recreational activities, outreach, off-road vehicles, etc.

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Climate Change

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The NMFWA Climate Change Working Group was established to share information among NMFWA members regarding the management of natural resources on US military lands and waters in the context of an ever-changing environment. The goals of the NMFWA Climate Change Working Group are to:

  • Facilitate communication and information exchange among members of NMFWA and the DoD interested or involved with climate change effects on natural resources at military installations.
  • Increase awareness of issues related to adaptive management of natural resources in response to climate change at military installations.

 

 

 

The Climate Change Working Group’s objectives are to:

  1. Provide regular communication among members of NMFWA interested in climate change through meetings and workshops, e-mail discussions, newsletters, and other publications.
  2. Promote membership in NMFWA to DOD and other federal, state, Tribal, and non-governmental natural resources professionals interested in climate change.
  3. Provide NMFWA members information and technical assistance on climate change as it pertains to natural resource management, including vulnerability and risk assessments and strategies to promote adaptation and resiliency.
  4. Make recommendations to the NMFWA Board of Directors for specific actions by NMFWA in the area of climate change.
  5. Develop draft technical reviews, position statements, and other materials on climate change for consideration by the NMFWA Board of Directors.
  6. Provide information and technical assistance to government officials, journalists, educators, other organizations, and the general public on adaptive management of natural resources in response to climate change on military installations. The NMFWA website shall be the primary method of disseminating information.
  7. Develop and share strategies for adaptive management of natural resources related to climate change.

To join the NMFWA Climate Change Working Group, please send an e-mail to one of the group chairpersons, Laura Muhs or Dawn Lawson.

"Defense leadership in environmental protection is critical to our national security. We will continue to provide leadership in balancing environmental protection and national security. Climate change is no exception. Already we are a Federal leader in reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases... Through energy conservation innovations, the Department has reduced its total energy consumption by 36 percent since 1990."

    — Sherri W. Goodman
    Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security)


 

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Bats

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White-nose Syndrome is a disease that has resulted in the death of over 1 million hibernating bats throughout the eastern United states. For more information on this disease please visit this Fish and Wildlife Service Website.

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About NMFWA Working Groups

General information about NMFWA working groups. This page is an option it can be removed if there is no use for it.

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Herpetology

Do you have an interest in frogs, turtles, salamanders, snakes, lizards, alligators, and toads? Then maybe you should consider joining the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association (NMFWA)’s Herpetology Working Group. With well over 200 members, the NMFWA Herp Working Group represents members from all of the military services.

The NMFWA Herpetology Working Group was established to share information among NMFWA members regarding the management of herptile species (amphibians and reptiles) on US military lands and waters. The goals of the NMFWA Herpetology Working Group are to:

  • Facilitate communication and information exchange among members of NMFWA interested in herptile species.
  • Enhance knowledge and technical capabilities of Department of Defense(hereinafter referred to as DOD) natural resources professionals in the area of herptile species management.
  • Increase awareness and appreciation within DOD of herptile species management issues and decision-making processes.

The Herpetology Working Group’s objectives are to:

  1. Provide regular communication among members of NMFWA interested in herptile species management through e-mail discussions, meetings, symposia,workshops, newsletters, specialty publications, and other means.
  2. Promote membership in NMFWA to DOD natural resources professionals interested in herptile species management.
  3. Provide information and technical assistance to NMFWA members in the areaof herptile species management.
  4. Make recommendations to the NMFWA Board of Directors for specific actions by NMFWA in the area of herptile species management.
  5. Develop draft technical reviews, position statements, and other materials in the area of herptile species management for consideration by the NMFWA Board of Directors.
  6. Provide information and technical assistance to government officials, journalists, educators, other organizations, and the general public in the area of herptile species management.

Have we piqued your interest? To join, just send an e-mail to one of the group chairpersons, listed on the right.


Herp Working Group Newsletter requests contact Todd Wills - Todd.Wills@nmfwa.org

Working Groups   

Bird/Animal Aircraft Strike Hazard

Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) has been an issue on both military and civilian airfields during low-level approach and departures for many years.  The presence of birds that contribute to BASH problems results from a complex array of interactions among their primary life-history needs-- food, cover, and/or presence of water.  Despite significant improvements in BASH programs on DoD installations, bird and wildlife strikes continue to be a source of military aircraft damage as well as a threat to aircrew safety and mission readiness activities.  The BASH Working Group strives to work with military and civilian personnel within DoD to transfer ideas and new technology, share ideas, and work synergistically to promote improved flight safety.

Working Groups   

Guidelines

At the 1998 National Military Fish & Wildlife Association (NMFWA) Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, a set of guidelines were adopted by the membership to allow for the establishment of Working Groups within NMFWA. The guidelines are as follows:

 

GOALS/PURPOSE: The establishment of a Working Group(s) within NMFWA shall be to:

 

TOPICS FOR WORKING GROUPS: Topics for which Working Groups may be formed are not restricted. Some examples of potential topics are –
A PARTICULAR ECOSYSTEM (i.e. longleaf pine ecosystems; Southwest desert ecosystem)
SPECIES CATEGORIES (i.e. herptiles; rare plants; grassland species; white-tailed deer; black bass) MANAGEMENT TOOLS (i.e. controlled burning; electrofishing; GIS; GPS)
SPECIFIC PROBLEMS (i.e. urban nuisance wildlife; training lands restoration)
GEOGRAPHIC REGIONS (i.e. Pacific islands; Northern Rocky Mountains; Atlantic Flyway)
BROAD MANAGEMENT TOPICS (i.e. Native American issues; timber management)
EDUCATION (i.e. methods of reaching the troops about conservation topics)
OPERATIONAL TOOLS WITHIN AGENCIES (i.e. contracting/ agreement vehicles for developing funding and partnerships)

 

ESTABLISHING A WORKING GROUP: NMFWA members that wish to establish a Working Group for a particular topic can solicit interest from other NMFWA members by several different methods such as through THE FAWN, through the NMFWA web site bulletin board, and, through telephone calls, e-mail, and direct mailings. Once ten NMFWA members have committed to forming a Working Group for a particular topic, the Group shall make written (or electronic) application to the NMFWA Board of Directors (the Board) requesting that the Working Group be officially sanctioned and recognized. Once the Board has given tentative approval, the Group has six (6) months to develop a charter to submit to the Board for approval. The charter must contain the stated objectives of the Working Group (an example can be provided upon request). The Group must also either appoint or elect a chair and a recording secretary.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITY: A Working Group must conduct at least one (1) activity/project/event each year in order to maintain official recognition from NMFWA. Some examples are: a newsletter; an e-mail discussion forum; sponsor a session at the NMFWA Annual Meeting & Training Workshop; conduct a meeting at the NMFWA Annual Meeting or at another time and location; conduct a training workshop/ seminar for the Working Group’s members. A written report detailing the Working Group’s activities for the previous year must be submitted to the Board before the completion of the NMFWA Annual Meeting & Training Workshop. Minutes of any meeting held must also be sent to the Board. A Working Group shall not represent NMFWA in any official capacity unless directed to do so by the Board.

 

ORGANIZATION SUPPORT: NMFWA may provide financial support for a Working Group’s activity if the Board approves and funds are available. The Board shall determine the authorization limit for funds that may be provided. Some potential uses for funds: seed money for a training workshop or seminar; printing a newsletter.

 

DISSOLUTION OF A WORKING GROUP: The Board can withdraw recognition of a Working Group that misrepresents NMFWA or causes harm to the organization or its members. A Working Group that is inactive for one year shall be granted a one-year grace period in writing by the Board. Should the Group remain inactive for that grace period, the Board shall dissolve that Working Group.

    1. Provide NMFWA members a forum to interact and share knowledge, skills, and ideas on a particular topic and to address issues related to that topic that are common to installations.
    2. Encourage and increase the networking among installations and NMFWA members within all branches of the Armed Services.
    3. Provide an opportunity for those NMFWA members unable to attend Annual Meetings to be active within NMFWA.
    4. Provide a body of expertise for NMFWA to draw on with regard to the issues/topic for which a Working Group has been established.
    5. Provide an opportunity for NMFWA members to further their professional development.