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Monday, February 6 • 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Symposia Session - S4: Sustaining America's Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources. Blue Ribbon Panel Relevancy/Transformation Working Group

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AUTHORS: Steve Williams, President, Wildlife Management Institue

ABSTRACT: Society’s shifting demographics and changing attitudes about nature are affecting the relevancy of fish and wildlife conservation.  As the nation becomes more urban, ethnically and culturally diverse and disconnected from nature, the public’s perceptions and values associated with fish and wildlife are changing. Although core constituencies like hunters and anglers will continue to be key allies, there is a need to broaden stakeholder representation to ensure fish and wildlife conservation remains relevant and supported by people from all walks of life.  To remain relevant, state fish and wildlife agencies will need to adopt new structures, operations and cultures or risk compromising political support. The Blue Ribbon Panel is examining the impact of societal changes on the relevancy of fish and wildlife conservation and is in the process of making recommendations regarding agency transition and transformation.

Monday February 6, 2017 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Grand Ballroom E

Attendees (10)