MINRC The Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) is an organization whose members are the state and federal agencies with primary responsibility for management and protection of the fish and wildlife resources in 16 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its objectives are to cultivate friendly relations and mutual understanding among officials engaged in natural resources conservation and to coordinate the programs they administer. SEAFWA also promotes public understanding and appreciation of the importance of conserving natural resources and encourages the management of fish and wildlife resources.

Former MINRC student and USDA-Forest Service employee

Former MINRC student and USDA-Forest Service employee

The Subcommittee is actively seeking minority students to participate in the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA)/Minorities in Natural Resources Conservation (MINRC), October 29 – November 1, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. During the SEAFWA Conference, MINRC will conduct student workshops that will provide valuable career development information. Students will participate in round table discussions to share information on selected topics relevant to seeking employment in the natural resource field. A keynote speaker will motivate the students to continue their quest to reach their goals. There will also be a career fair for students to speak with professionals regarding employment opportunities.

MINRC will pay for the following expenses: Hotel, meals, conference registration & reimbursement of gas with a receipt. • Per Diem will be provided for meals not included in registration; 2 students per room.
Students are financially responsible for: • Their means of transportation to and from their local airport and personal miscellaneous expenses.
Completed application and all materials are due September 15, 2017 and must be submitted electronically to betty.bryant@agfc.ar.gov. Students will be notified during the week of October 1, 2017 to confirm their registration status, where and what time to report to the conference.
Selected students will be responsible for writing an essay. The best-written paper will qualify for the Teddy Roosevelt award given by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Conference Topic “Creative Conservation Strategies for 21st Century Challenges
The essay question is: As a Minority pursuing a career in conservation, tell us what you believe are the most challenging conservation issues faced by your generation. Describe creative strategies that you, your peers, or your community can implement to address these conservation issues.
All papers should be 500-1000 words and will be turned in no later than September 15, 2017 via email to Betty Bryant @ betty.bryant@agfc.ar.gov.

Download the student application.