New TWS awards recognize Pittman-Robertson funded projects

The Wildlife Society has established new awards to recognize outstanding wildlife projects. The  Wildlife Restoration Awards are supported by funding through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration program and associated non-federal matching funds. The first recipients will be announced at TWS’ 26th Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Two Wildlife Restoration Awards will be presented each year, one in the Wildlife Management category and another in the Wildlife Research and Surveys category. Nominations for the 2019 awards are due by May 1.

Nominated projects must have been funded through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration program using non-federal matching funds consistent with Section 4(b) of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act. Completed projects or current projects with defined completion dates are eligible.

The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration program, also known as the Pittman-Robertson Fund after its primary Congressional sponsors, is funded by manufacturer excise taxes collected on rifles, shotguns, pistols, other firearms, ammunition, bows, quivers, broadheads and points,. The funds are apportioned to state fish and wildlife agencies for wildlife conservation and hunter education. The program was first created in 1937 and has provided over $11 billion since its inception. The Wildlife Society recognizes this program as being critically important for supporting wildlife conservation and management by state wildlife agencies.

The Wildlife Restoration Awards were established to highlight the importance and effectiveness of the United States’ Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration program and showcase excellence in wildlife management and research.

Nominations and complete supporting documentation should be sent as a single PDF to by May 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.

If you have any questions about TWS Awards, please contact Lilly Matheson, Member Services Coordinator, at

Learn more about TWS’ Wildlife Restoration Awards.

Read TWS’ Policy Brief on Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act/Pittman-Robertson Act.

Header Image: The American black bear (Ursus americanus) is one of several species positively impacted through use of the Multistate Conservation Grant Program under Wildlife Restoration funds. ©skeeze