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2016 Annual Report

To review where we have been and where we plan to go, please read our 2016 Annual Report!

Access the 2016 OWP Annual Report here.

Save the Date: Pathways 2017!

The Pathways 2017 Conference  will be held again in Estes Park, Colorado September 17 – 20, 2017.  More information will be posted on our website as details become available.  Bookmark the conference website at: https://sites.warnercnr.colostate.edu/pathways/ 

2015 Annual Report Now Available!

To review our work in 2015, please read our annual report.

Webinar #2 Recording Now Available!

On June 1st, Erika Rowland of the Wildlife Conservation Society presented a webinar “Are You Ready For the Futures? Scenario Planning & Applications in Natural Resource Conservation”. Her webinar discussed the increasing awareness of the uncertainties associated with the effects of climate and other changes in ecological systems are challenging traditional planning and decision making for natural resource conservation, compelling practitioners to explore a broad range of decision support methods. Scenario planning offers one option for incorporating irreducible uncertainties into planning and decision making by examining the range of management challenges represented by a set of plausible but divergent future conditions.

Please visit http://wildlifeplanners.org/events/webinars/ to view the webinar!

Webinar #1 recording available!

On March 1st, we hosted our first webinar of the year “Don’t Get Lost without Your RoadMap – A Webinar on Strategic Planning for Fish and Wildlife Agencies” hosted by Lowell Ballard of the Timmons Group.

This webinar explored how in the world of Fish and Wildlife agencies, customers expect mobile solutions and the ability to interact with data from agencies anywhere and anytime.  It presented case studies to show what organizations are doing well related to data management, mobile solutions for the public, and use of technology solutions to better support internal operations, create efficiency and growth.  If you couldn’t attend, visit https://vimeo.com/158341405 to listen!

Spring Newsletter is Now Available!

We are pleased to share our Spring 2016 edition of Management Tracks!

ABOUT THIS ISSUE:  The art and skill of strategic planning is an invaluable tool for fish and wildlife management agencies as they tackle environmental challenges with limited resources.  These strategic plans require a new way of thinking, as well as the ability to secure feedback and buy-in from a diverse group of stakeholders. This issue is dedicated to providing some best practices, strategies and tools, which can strengthen your ability to plan strategically for your agency.

Please visit our newsletter page to download new issue today!

Webinar #1 Released!

 

  • 2016 Webinar Series #1:  “Don’t Get Lost without Your RoadMap – A Webinar on Strategic Planning for Fish and Wildlife Agencies”
  • When: March 1, 2016      1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Description:  Lowell Ballard of the Timmons Group will explore how in the world of Fish and Wildlife agencies, customers expect mobile solutions and the ability to interact with data from agencies anywhere and anytime. This webinar will present case studies to show what organizations are doing well related to data management, mobile solutions for the public, and use of technology solutions to better support internal operations, create efficiency and growth. Lowell will focus on prioritizing business strategies, advise on the best practice techniques for improvement, and share how to increase internal efficiencies while improving outreach and education.
  • To Register:  Please register here.  Once you register, you will be emailed information on how to join the webinar.  The webinar will be hosted on the Timmons Group website.
  • Contact: wildlifeplanners@gmail.com

Are you a member of OWP? Join today for 2016!

As 2015 approaches an end, we are kicking off our annual membership campaign for 2016!  We know some of you have been long-time members and we are so grateful for your contributions and participation throughout the years.

Whether you haven’t joined OWP yet or are just contemplating becoming a member, here is what we’ve done over the past year to meet the changing needs of our members and agencies:

  • Webinars – Last summer we offered a series of three free webinars with topics that included David Chadwick’s talk about communication, Loren Chase’s talk about hunter recruitment strategies, and Becky Humphries talk about partnerships.  We’ve made our webinar recordings available online here.
  • Newsletter – Our spring newsletter focused on dealing effectively with conflict and the fall 2015 newsletter focused on the importance of communicating effectively about wildlife conservation – offering specific suggestions on how to improve your communications.  If you haven’t had a chance to check it out – download it today!
  • Annual Workshop – We recently held our annual workshop in Portland, Oregon, also focusing on communication. We had sessions on Communication Planning for Results, Drivers of Science-Policy Debate, The Problem with Problems, Social Media Isn’t What you Think It’s About, and Problems Solving in the Modern World. We also had an interesting case study from Oregon on a funding initiative- Securing a Sustainable Future.

OWP depends on dues from member agencies and partner organizations to provide our support and services.   We receive no funding from private foundations or corporations, helping us maintain our independence in support of fish and wildlife agencies.  Membership in OWP entitles every employee of your organization to participate in our meetings and workshops, take advantage of our online resources, and access the expertise of colleagues around the nation.We invite you to become a member of the Organization of Wildlife Planners.  Please visit our Membership page for additional information.

Fall 2015 Newsletter Available Now!

The Organization of Wildlife Planners is excited to publish yet another great newsletter tackling issues and topics relevant to you and fish & wildlife agencies around the country.  This issue is focused on communication.

Download the latest newsletter here.

If you’d like to be mailed a copy of future newsletters, please contact our Organization Manager, Shawna Wilson, at wildlifeplanners@gmail.com

Webinar Recordings

If you weren’t able to attend our webinars, check them out online at – 

http://wildlifeplanners.org/events/webinars/