AWF History

For nearly 100 years, we have worked to conserve Arizona's wildlife and wild places through the support of advocates like you.

Originally created in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1923 and coined the Arizona Game Protective Association (AGPA), the Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF) was created with the central purpose of removing politics from wildlife management. The original objectives laid out by the AGPA were:

  1. To secure proper and scientific management of our fish, wildlife and other resources for the full enjoyment of ourselves and our posterity.
  2. To accomplish that, to secure a game and fish commission and department, the same to be sufficiently staffed with competent personnel free to work without political obligation or interference. To give that commission broad regulatory powers to enable them to accomplish their purpose.
  3. To educate the public with the principles of sportsmanship and the need for proper resource management.

The first president was Tom E. McCullough, who can be seen on the right. 

After 45 years as the Arizona Game Protective Association, the organization became the Arizona Wildlife Federation at the 1968 annual convention.

If you'd like to read more about AWF's history, check out “A Short History of the Arizona Wildlife Federation” by Steve Gallizioli, which can be read and downloaded here.

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