This year’s North American Furbearer Conservation Award was presented to Bryant White.
Bryant White is the Program Manager of Trapping Policy and Furbearer Research with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA). He is based with the Arizona Game and Fish Department in Phoenix, Arizona. Bryant holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Harding University and The University of Memphis. He holds degrees in History, Communications, Wildlife and Fisheries Science and Wildlife Ecology. Prior to his employment with AFWA, he was an instructor in the biology department at Tennessee Technological University. Bryant is also an avid hunter and trapper and teaches courses in hunter and trapper education.
Since 2002, Bryant has been leading AFWA’s effort for the development of Best Management Practices for regulated trapping. He has been involved in all elements of BMP development including trap research, BMP drafting, development and presentation of technical papers and presentations, and outreach and communication. Bryant is engaged in all facets of furbearer conservation in the United States. He has authored popular and peer reviewed articles on trapping, furbearer management, sustainable use of wildlife resources, and species restoration in various publications. He actively works on legal cases, policy development and communications efforts related to many facets of trapping and furbearer management at the Associations. Bryant has represented the United States in engagement with other countries, including the EU and Russia regarding trapping management activities in the United States.
Bryant coordinates trapping and furbearer operations across all 50-state fish and wildlife agencies, and with USDA APHIS Wildlife Services. As such, he has gained the respect and admiration of his peers throughout Canada and the United States.
For many years he has actively taught trapping techniques to wildlife professionals at The Wildlife Society’s annual conference and through the highly regarded “Trapping Matters Workshop.” He is also an active instructor in the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow program, imparting his broad knowledge of wildlife conservation to wildlife professionals throughout the U.S. Bryant is widely known by furbearer managers and practitioners across North America and is viewed by his peers as a leader in his profession.
The award was presented to Bryant White by Jim Gibb (FIC Chair).