ROOM: Room 130 – Cimarron
Wildlife conservation and management planning is not easy. Wildlife biologists are working within complex systems with differing human priorities; however, biologists aren’t traditionally trained in proactively addressing competing interests while also handling major management and conservation needs and uncertainties. There is an answer for this problem – conservation action planning can identify the most effective and feasible strategies while navigating conflict between agencies and other stakeholders with differing biological, social, economic, and political values. Natural resource management organizations around the world use different versions of formalized planning processes to guide their projects. This workshop will present the fundamentals of the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation planning process with emphasis on identifying and addressing different project pressures. Attendees will be introduced to all planning steps and will become familiar with actions to pro-actively address potential conflicts during the planning process. More specifically, formalized skills will be covered to deal with setting project goals and priorities, professional and public involvement, and mitigating threats to success. These skills will be taught through the analysis of several authentic case studies, including such topics as sage grouse challenges, free-roaming cats and ground nesting birds, wild hog damage, suburban deer population impacts, and mountain lion conflicts. This workshop is being organized for wildlife professionals who want to gain a skill set needed to begin formally, proactively structuring the complex management of natural resources thereby decreasing the impact of conflicting priorities and increasing the potential for project success.
Organizers: Robert D. Sutter, Enduring Conservation Outcomes, LLC, Savannah, GA; Andrew S. Bridges, Institute for Wildlife Studies, San Diego, CA; Jennifer L. Murrow, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Supported by: TWS Biodiversity Working Group, TWS Early Career Professional Working Group, TWS Human Dimensions Working Group, TWS Urban Wildlife Working Group, TWS Wildlife Damage Working Group