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About Teaming With Wildlife (TWW)
Comprised of more than 6,300 State fish & wildlife agencies, wildlife biologists, hunters, anglers, birdwatchers, hikers, nature-based businesses, and other conservationists, the Teaming With Wildlife (TWW) coalition is the largest and most diverse coalition ever assembled in support of wildlife conservation funding. The TWW coalition is the leading advocate for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) program and the implementation of the State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs), which are aimed at preventing wildlife from becoming endangered.
Wildlife Conservation: A Legacy of Success
At the beginning of the 20th century, America’s once numerous birds, mammals, and fish were largely depleted. Sportsmen and women, wildlife professionals, political leaders and other conservationists rose to this challenge and worked together to build a new conservation movement. Game and fish rebounded as hunting and fishing harvests were better regulated, wildlife areas were created, habitats protected and managed, and wildlife populations were restored.
An Unfinished Agenda
The tremendously successful programs of the last century were focused on species that were hunted and fished, or those that were formally identified as “endangered.” Unfortunately, the many more species - nearly 85% of all wildlife - that are not considered “game” or “endangered” have lacked adequate conservation attention. Without resources to protect and manage these remaining species, our nation’s wildlife agencies have been constrained in their ability to protect them from habitat loss, fragmentation, and a host of other challenges.
Teaming with Wildlife: A National Coalition
The Teaming With Wildlife (TWW) coalition was born in the early 1990s to address this challenge. Since that time the coalition has led efforts to fund wildlife conservation aimed at preventing wildlife from becoming endangered. Now including more than 6,300 organizations, businesses, and agencies, the coalition is the leading advocate for the State Wildlife Grants program and the implementation of state wildlife action plans.