For more than a century, the Alberta Fish and Game Association (AFGA) has actively stewarded the province’s natural resources. Its roots date back to 1908, when regional hunting and fishing clubs first formed and began to cooperate on wildlife enhancement projects in Alberta.
AFGA began with a clear dedication to preserving and advocating the interests of hunters and fishermen. It has grown into the province’s largest conservation agency, raising awareness of species at risk, ensuring the protection of wetlands and associated wildlife habitats, supporting environmentally sustainable farm planning or establishing provincial wildlife protection legislation. Today, the Association’s membership base has grown to more than 25,000 ethical hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts. It also supports the long-term management of the province’s natural bounty on over 50,000 acres of land, with 80 properties across the province.
Equally important to AFGA’s long and storied history in conservation is its role in engaging and educating future generations. Over the past 15 years, much of the Association’s membership growth has come from families, with parents eager to introduce their children to the wonders of the Albertan wilderness. To support these younger members, AFGA has developed a suite of educational programs and activities such as youth conservation camps and safety courses.
Recently, thanks to financing from SEF, AFGA was able to move to a bright modern space in the city’s west end. In addition to offering easier parking and access for members, the more polished, professional layout of the new office allows AFGA to focus on what really matters: the Association’s continued growth and stewardship of natural areas.
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