AZGFD Receives Civil-Rights Award

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been honored with the Federally Assisted Civil Rights Award for its initiatives in making department programs and services more accessible to a diverse public.

The award is given by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize diversity efforts by entities that receive federal financial assistance from the service.

"As a public service agency, it's important for us to make sure our programs are available to as wide a spectrum of people as possible," says Arizona Game and Fish Director Duane Shroufe. "We're proud of the efforts our employees have made in accomplishing that."

Some of the department initiatives include the following:

  • architectural and structural changes to Game and Fish facilities and wildlife areas, to improve access for physically challenged members of the public;
  • changes in law to enable individuals with certain disabilities to qualify for free fishing licenses or for special hunting permits and hunts;
  • nature workshops and fishing clinics in predominantly minority communities and on reservation land;
  • production of Spanish-language versions of several department publications, including fishing and hunting regulations, mountain-lion awareness materials, and Operation Game Thief brochures, and
  • outreach efforts to women through the Annie Oakley Sure Shots Program, a weekly class at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. The program teaches firearm safety and provides a comfortable environment where women can mentor each other, have fun, and compare experiences with others who share a common interest in shooting sports.