WHAT IS THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY (TWS)?
Founded in 1937, the Wildlife Society is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization composed of professionals, students, and laypersons active and interested in wildlife research, management, education and administration.
WHAT IS THE NORTH DAKOTA CHAPTER OF THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY (NDCTWS)?
The NDCTWS is an active affiliate of TWS. It is specifically concerned with approaches to effective management of North Dakota’s plant and animal communities. The Chapter provides expertise in advising legislative and judicial processes surrounding the controversial management of many natural resource assets. It advocates the holistic treatment of environmental questions. The Chapter was founded in 1963 and incorporated in 1981 under the laws of North Dakota.
The mission of the North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society is to provide a forum for discussion of ecological issues among natural resource professionals; to enable its membership to pursue conservation of natural resources; and to inform the public on ecologically wise uses of natural resources in support of a conservation ethic.
Chapter members are governed by the Executive Board composed of elected members including a President, President elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary-Treasurer and four Executive Board members from the general membership.
A field representative from the Central Mountains and Plains Section represents the Chapter at regional and national levels.
Membership in the NDCTWS is open to any person who has an interest in the objectives and activities of the Chapter and is formally trained or employed in the wildlife field. The Chapter has the following membership categories: Charter, Regular, Student, Honorary, Life, Charter Life
Those not meeting the education or employment requirements may affiliate with the NDCTWS in one of several categories: Patron, Sponsor, Benefactor
Association with the Chapter provides opportunities to participate in resolving conservation issues. Each member/affiliate receives the chapter newsletter.
Membership in the parent group, The Wildlife Society and the regional organization, Central Mountain and Plains Section, is encouraged but not required of Chapter members.
Consistent with the Objectives of The Wildlife Society, the Chapter’s objectives are:
To advance the science and art of wildlife management.
To improve public understanding and support of scientific management of wildlife and related resources.
To notify and seek support of the Wildlife Society on wildlife related problems in North Dakota.
To provide a common meeting ground for people interested in wildlife related conservation.
To promote and maintain high professional standards.
To recognize and commend outstanding accomplishments in wildlife conservation.