Position Statements & Other Policy Engagement Documents

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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.

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.

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, Wildlife Policy and Communications
(301) 897-9770 ext 309