Senate Confirms Aurelia Skipwith as Director of USFWS

Safari Club International congratulates Aurelia Skipwith on being confirmed as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and thanks President Donald J. Trump for her nomination.

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The United States Senate voted today to confirm Ms. Skipwith’s nomination with bipartisan support. “The confirmation of Aurelia Skipwith is a major win for hunters, habitat, and healthy wildlife populations. SCI Looks forward to working with Director Skipwith to continue promoting and protecting our nation’s proud sporting heritage” said SCI’ Director of Government Affairs Ben Cassidy.

Her confirmation is a positive development for hunters across the nation and Safari Club International’s Hunter Advocacy Action Center (HAAC) played a key role in pushing her nomination forward. Thanks to grassroots efforts led by SCI, members of the United States Senate received a flood of emails and phone calls from SCI members nationwide voicing support for her confirmation.


Safari Club International has been a strong supporter of her nomination from the start, with SCI CEO Laird Hamberlin thanking President Trump for her nomination and stating that “As Director, Ms. Skipwith will continue to be a champion for conservation and hunters. She is the game-changer that the Fish and Wildlife Service sorely needs to direct it.” Hamberlin also penned an op-ed earlier this year in which he made the case that Aurelia Skipwith is The Future of American Conservation.

Director Skipwith was previously serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks where she is actively involved with ensuring the protection and stewardship of lands and waters within the National Park and Wildlife Refuge Systems. During her time in this role, she has prioritized public access for hunting and fishing on National Wildlife Refuges and almost 30 of the nation’s top hunting and conservation organizations, alongside SCI, voiced their support for her nomination.

In May of 2017, Director Skipwith attended SCI’s board meeting and delivered an address on behalf of President Trump.

SCI applauds the high level of engagement from our members on this important issue, as their voices were undoubtedly heard by members of the Senate. Sign up for SCI’s Hunter Advocacy Action Center to receive alerts when issues come up that may affect management, conservation, and hunting access on public land, plus national legislative issues.

On behalf of the members of SCI, Congratulations Director!

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