Wildlife Management Institute

North American Special Session 2: Converting Agency Consumers to Customers
Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:43

Consumer to customer conversionImagine you own a business with a flat-to-diminishing customer base. Your operating costs go up every year while market conditions make it increasingly difficult to obtain product to sell. Your customers and critics have a history of reacting poorly to raising prices in an effort to increase your cash flow. This is the business model you are operating in if you work for a state wildlife agency. In a market place wrought with competitors fighting to be the public’s passion, isn’t it time agencies discussed ideas to increase their market share? The Business of Conservation: Converting Consumers to Customers, a special session at the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, will discuss how state fish and wildlife agencies can focus more on the challenges of maintaining our presence and relevance in the future. The session is one of four concurrent special sessions scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at Hilton Omaha in Omaha, NE.

WMI Landscapes: Gulf Coast Prairie LCC Releases New Conservation Framework
Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:38

Painted bunting - flickr.com/photos/andymorffew/11955472114The Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative, along with partners at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and the University of Central Oklahoma, have developed a framework for the conservation of grassland and shrubland habitats throughout central Texas.

Ducks, Geese & Swans of North America Receives Awards
Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:30

Ducks, Geese and Swans bookThe Wildlife Management Institute’s completely revised and updated Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America received an Honorable Mention PROSE Award in the Multivolume/Science Category. The PROSE Awards are presented each year by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to honor noteworthy and original contributions in scholarly writing. In addition, the American Association of University Presses selected the books as one of the year’s two “best designed” reference books.

Regional Conservation Needs Grant Program Seeking Proposals
Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:25

The Northeast Regional Conservation Needs (RCN) Grants program is currently accepting proposals for the 2015 funding year and will award up to $250,000 in total. Proposals are due March 1, 2015 and require 50 percent non-federal matching funds. The RCN program allows states in the region to leverage limited funds and use the best available science to prioritize shared species and habitats in need of conservation.

Conservation Briefs
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:06

Conservation Briefs is a compilation of short news stories of interest to Outdoor News Bulletin readers. The stories cover a number of issues that have developed in the past month or provide updates on issues that were featured in previous ONB editions. Each story includes links to online resources for more details on each topic.

This Month:

Administration Unveils FY2016 Budget Request

Forest Service Releases Final Planning Framework

Study Shows Impact of NRCS Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative

North American Special Session 3 to Address the Future of ESA Listing
Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:41

Sage grouseSome of the most contentious issues in fish and wildlife management are the regulatory restrictions that come when a species is listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Stakeholders are increasingly recognizing that the biggest win for people and wildlife is keeping species off the endangered species list in the first place. However, avoiding listing can only be counted as a true success if that decision is the result of effective pre-listing management and a transparent, consistent understanding of meaningful conservation outcomes achieved. These ideas, along with other species recovery strategies will be the focus of Special Session 3 at the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. Titled, “Planning for Species Sustainability: Avoiding the Need to List Under the ESA,” this session will be one of four concurrent Special Sessions scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon (CST) on Wednesday, March 11.

USDA Announces Positive Changes to CRP, but Proposes Cuts to CSP and EQIP
Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:36

IrrigationRecent announcements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on their conservation programs bring a mix of good news and bad news. While USDA announced a new opportunity to enroll pivot corners in the Conservation Reserve Program, the administration’s proposed budget for 2016 proposes a significant cut for both the Conservation Security Program and the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, according to the Wildlife Management Institute.

80th North American to Host Suite of Workshops
Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:32

Three workshops will be held on Tuesday, March 10 during the 80th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. All attendees are welcome to participate in the workshops.

  • Urban Wildlife Conservation in Cities and Suburbs: Pollinators, Agriculture and the Great Midwest 
  • Implementing Landscape-scale Approaches to Mitigation and Renewable Energy: A Roundtable on Lessons Learned
  • Recruiting Female Natural Resource Leaders  

Nominations Open for 10th Annual National Conservation Leadership Institute
Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:34

The National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI) recently announced that it is accepting applications for its 10th cohort of future conservation leaders, reports the Wildlife Management Institute. The program trains upper and middle level managers how to address adaptive challenges, lead through change, and other critical leadership skills that are essential for the efficient and effective management of today’s fish and wildlife agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and related industries. With the completion of this incoming class, NCLI will have trained almost 350 conservation leaders. Applications are due by April 30.