Conservation Efforts

2016 AK WSF Priorities

While there is much sheep conservation work to do in Alaska, AK WSF has identified the following priorities for 2016:

  • Develop solid working relationships with appropriate government agencies and alliances with fellow conservation and sportsmen’s groups.
  • Fully participate in the ongoing sheep-focused regulatory process.
  • Assist with the re-writing of Dall Sheep Management Plans in Alaska.
  • Further the Disease Prevention Initiative in Alaska.

AK WSF Position on Alaska Sheep Tag Allocation Process

Efforts in the on-going sheep hunting regulatory process led AK WSF to clarify our position on the overall allocation process. Our current position is as follows:

"AK WSF strongly endorses hunting as a viable use of the resource and a valuable conservation tool. However, we feel the allocation of hunting permits between resident and non-resident hunters and other parties should be left to each state or province to decide unless it negatively impacts the resource or overall hunting opportunities. We believe that combined efforts by all stake holders to increase the sheep populations would result in greater access and opportunities for all hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. AK WSF supports fact-based decision making consistent with science-based game management. As such, we are happy to provide information and assistance to game management organizations that help facilitate sound resource decisions."

National WSF Conservation Vision 2020

The National WSF recently released a "North American Conservation Vision 2020" document. According to WSF, this document "reflects the very essence of WSF's combined Mission Statement (Vision, Purpose, Mission, Values), and prioritizes how WSF resources will be applied over the next five years to drive wild sheep conservation and management in North America." Click here to read the full document.

Rocky Mountain Goat in Southeast Alaska

AK WSF is currently evaluating a proposal for a Rocky Mountain Goat project in South East Alaska. The project would be funded through the “Take One – Put One Back Program” at WSF. A Texas hunter and his sons harvested goats on a guided hunt in South East Alaska last year and decided to take advantage of the program to contribute $20,000 for conservation. The local ADF&G biologist have submitted a proposed project on Baranof Island and if approved will be awarded the funds for the project. These funds would also be eligible for Pittman-Robertson Act matching funds which will result in $80 thousand dollars of project funding.