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WSF Congratulates New WMI President Tony Wasley

February 23, 2023
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The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) congratulates Tony Wasley as the new Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) president. Wasley was recently honored by WSF at the Foundation's January 2023 Sheep Show® in Reno as the recipient of its State Statesmen Award, which recognizes a government official for his/her outstanding contributions to the wild sheep of the state/province/country the person is from.

Wasley recently retired as Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), where he had a 26-year career, rising through the ranks from a wildlife habitat specialist, area biologist, and mule deer project leader. Tony will replace current WMI president Steve Williams following his retirement, effective March 31, 2023.

"The Wildlife Management Institute has been a leader in the wildlife profession for over a century and has lent its expertise to many state fish and wildlife agencies, especially during Steve Williams's tenure as WMI President," said Kevin Hurley, WSF's VP for Conservation. "The Wild Sheep Foundation commends the WMI Board for selecting Tony Wasley as the next WMI President; given our long history and working relationship with Tony as NDOW Director, WSF anticipates great accomplishments and impact under Tony's leadership," added Hurley.

Wasley also served on the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture's Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council, chaired the North American Wetland Conservation Council, and co-chaired the National Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Tony is the Past President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and has also served in numerous leadership positions with AFWA Committees, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Intermountain West Joint Venture, and the Pacific Flyway Council.

“I have long admired the incredible work and staff of WMI. To have the opportunity to join WMI in this new role following Steve Williams is truly an honor,” said Wasley. “I’m excited to continue building WMI’s conservation legacy, especially through their invaluable partnerships like the one with the Wild Sheep Foundation.”

The Wildlife Management Institute was established in 1911 by sportsmen-businessmen gravely concerned about the dramatic declines of many wildlife populations. Its founders saw a need for a small, independent and aggressive cadre of people dedicated to restoring and ensuring the well-being of wild populations and their habitats.

WMI remains a small, mobile, private, nonprofit (501[c]3), scientific organization providing conservation policy development, information and education, and project coordination and administration. WMI operates efficiently and effectively from field offices. Its staff is highly-trained and experienced wildlife science and management professionals, typically working away from the public limelight to catalyze and facilitate strategies, actions, decisions, and programs to benefit wildlife and wildlife values.

"Tony brings a wealth of experience and skills as Past President of AFWA, Director in Nevada, and his work on issues of national prominence," commented WMI President Steve Williams. "He will have a strong and dedicated staff of WMI employees who have proven their ability to enhance the wildlife conservation profession on a state, regional, and national level. We believe his outside perspective will strengthen the already impressive portfolio and operations of WMI."

Tony will first address the conservation community at the Conservation Administrators' Luncheon on March 22 at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

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