Position Statements & other Policy Engagement Documents

Green Turtle grazing on Syringodium filiforme.

Image Credit: National Park Service

As leaders in wildlife science, management and conservation, The Wildlife Society has a responsibility to address national and international issues that affect the current and future status of wildlife in North America and throughout the world. The diligent development of authoritative statements on wildlife issues is essential for interjecting wildlife concerns into decision-making processes.

The statements linked below have been formally adopted by The Wildlife Society Council, following member review and comment periods.

Descriptions and processes for each type of document is available in the Policy Engagement Documents report.


TWS Council has approved these draft position statements for a 60-day review and comment period for TWS members.  Comments and suggested edits submitted by TWS members will be considered by Council for incorporation into the final version of the statement.

Send all comments to Caroline Murphy, Government Affairs Associate, caroline.murphy@wildlife.org.  Comments are due by 6 March 2016.

Standing Positions

These are broad topic statements that are fundamental to wildlife conservation and/or the wildlife profession.  Standing Positions have been identified as long-standing, foundational positions of The Wildlife Society.  Download the Summary Document.

Position Statements

These are broad and topical statements on a wildlife issue that defines the issue, contains factual background data, describes the most probable biological, social, and economics results of alternative actions, and may also contain a recommended course(s) of action.

Biological Diversity
Energy Development & Climate Change
Harvest & Hunting
Human Dimensions
Invasive Species
Wildlife Health

Issue Statements

Issue statements are specific applications of broader policies identified in a standing position or position statement.  These statements outline The Wildlife Society’s policies targeted at a specific issue or action.


For questions and comments regarding TWS’ policy engagement documents, please contact:

Keith Norris, AWB®
Director of Government Affairs and Partnerships
(301) 897-9770 ext 309