Friday, September 21, 2012
USFWS sign Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker! MOU with Wildlife Forever
Brooklyn Center, MN - During the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) 102nd annual conference on Hilton Head Island, SC last week, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wildlife Forever, transferring the operational lead of the Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker! conservation branded message to Wildlife Forever.
Invasive Species are one of the greatest threat to America's natural resources. Costing the U.S. economy $137 billion annually to combat, invasives weaken the U.S. economy and severely limit access and opportunity for youth and all Americans to become engaged in the outdoors.
"I'm thrilled at the opportunity this partnership will create for expansion of the internationally acclaimed Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker! message. With guidance from our diverse partners, we hope to expand the branded message to include new audiences and user groups who share a passion for healthy natural resources" said Douglas Grann, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.
"The Wildlife Forever Threat Campaign™ partnered with the "Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" campaign since day one. It has always been about partnerships and consistent messaging, sharing ideas, tools, resources and a commitment to conservation. I'm grateful for the USFWS in what this opportunity will create" said Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director of Wildlife Forever.
For over seven years the Stop Aquatic Hitchhiker! Threat Campaign has reached out to hunters, anglers, and recreational users with a consistent invasive species prevention message. Reaching nearly 1 billion impressions, the partnership extends from coast to coast including Alaska and encourages easy to follow steps everyone can do to protect the resource.
To learn more about how you can help fight invasive species, visit: http:// www.wildlifeforever.org/invasive-species
About Wildlife Forever:
Wildlife Forever's mission is to conserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As the nonprofit conservation arm of the North American Hunting Club and North American Fishing Club, Wildlife Forever represents the conservation interests of 1.3 million members .