Chris Cantrell Appointed

AZGFD’s Chris Cantrell Appointed To National Fish Habitat Partnership Board

Chris Cantrell Appointed Chris Cantrell, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s aquatic wildlife branch chief, has been selected as a board member of the National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP).

Cantrell’s selection comes after President Donald Trump on Oct. 25 signed into law America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (ACE Act; S. 3051), a bipartisan bill that codifies NFHP and creates funding authorizations for it and other crucial conservation programs.

NFHP is a large-scale, coordinated effort to protect, restore, and enhance fish habitat and aquatic communities across the U.S. It is composed of 20 individual fish habitat partnerships at regional and local levels, and its work is supported by many federal, state, and local agencies as well as regional and national conservation organizations.

Cantrell will serve as the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ (WAFWA) representative on the 26-member board. The board will be responsible for providing the administration and implementation of $7.2 million dollars of fish habitat projects each year through fiscal year 2025.

Contact: Tom Cadden, public information officer, (623) 236-7392,


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