The AWF Mission Statement
AWF is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and assisting individuals and organizations to value, conserve, enhance, manage, and protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.
The AWF is a statewide association of people interested in the present and future well-being of Arizona’s wildlife, wildlife habitat and natural systems.
We believe our wildlife heritage should not be jeopardized by any activity that fails to ensure its long-term health and sustainability.
From the outset of the organization, AWF’s primary goal has been the establishment and maintenance of a Commission/Department form of wildlife administration, free of political influence. We continue to work with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Commissioners to assure that science-based best practices are used in the management of wildlife and habitat in Arizona.
Continuing objectives include:
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History of AWF
The Arizona Wildlife Federation was founded in 1923 to take politics out of fish and game management and to promote the management of Arizona’s natural resources on a scientific basis. The AWF got its start as the Arizona Game Protection Association and celebrated 80 years of conservation activity in 2003.
Our proud history has been well chronicled in some writings from early members and leaders. For a really interested background on AWF and some fun perspective on the early days, check out, “A Short History of the Arizona Wildlife Federation” by Steve Gallizioli, and “Arizona Game Protection Association Historical Sketch” by Max Layton.
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