Bylaws Template for Conservation Affairs Committee and Position Statements
Every subunit is different, but when it comes to engaging in policy or conservation affairs related issues, our strength is in consistency and our ability to communicate across all levels of the Society. To maximize our effectiveness, the Government Affairs Department recommends the use of the following template bylaws when referencing Conservation Affairs, Conservation Review, or Resolutions and Public Statements.
Article AA: Management and Finances
Section 1: Resolutions, Position Statments, and Public Statements
- Policy: the existing body of principles found in the bylaws, minutes of previous executive board and membership meetings, previous position statements, and resolutions. Policy is broader than statements and resolutions in that it provides direction rather than specific action.
Position Statement: describes the chapter/section
’s position on a specific issues. A position statement recommends action and is primarily for internal documentation of the chapter/section ’s position on a specific issue.
Public Statement: a position statement in format suitable for external distribution (i.e. letters, formal comments, etc). Public statements are intended to stimulate action on a position of the
on a specific issue.
Two or more members may submit resolutions or statements to the Conservation Affairs Committee (Article BB, Section 2D) for possible consideration by the chapter/section
- The concept of the statement be brought to the executive board’s attention and is accepted by them prior to public issuing of the statement; and
- Copies of the statement are sent to the membership within 15 days after public issuing of the statement.
Furthermore, the chapter/section
- When the content of the statement falls within the established policy of The Wildlife Society; and
- In the absence of existing position statements by The Wildlife Society.
Article BB: Committees
Section 1: Appointments
Section 2: Duties of Standing Committees
Clause D: Conservation Affairs
This committee shall:
Review legislative proposals, administrative regulations, environmental assessments and impact statements, and other subjects or issues affecting wildlife or wildlife habitat within the organizational area of the chapter/section
and make recommendations to the executive board for any action that should be taken by the chapter/section ;
Prepare white papers on critical wildlife issues, and other subjects or issues affecting wildlife or wildlife habitat within the organizational area of the chapter/section
- Receive proposed position statements, resolutions, and public statements from two or more members at any time, and shall prepared, submit and recommend action on such items to the Executive Board in accordance with Article AA, Section #; and
- Communicate with The Wildlife Society’s Director of Government Affairs to elevate local or regional issues that may have national or international significance or precedent setting.
The composition of the committee shall consist of:
At least three members, including the Conservation Affairs Committee Chair, appointed by the chapter/section
One representative/liaison from each chapter within the section.