OWP Webinar Series – 2019

“Applications of human dimensions research in developing wildlife policy and regulations”

January 7, 2019      2-3 pm Eastern Time

Description:  Mark your calendars – OWP is hosting another webinar to kick off the new year for our members and other wildlife professionals on Monday, January 7th at 2 PM Eastern time. Join us for “Applications of human dimensions research in developing wildlife policy and regulations”.

This webinar will be hosted by Dr. Craig Miller, who leads the Human Dimensions Research Program at the University of Illinois & will discuss increasing accuracy in harvest data. All of our state fish and wildlife agencies rely heavily on harvest data to structure harvest seasons and limits, yet many are facing challenges such as decreasing compliance with mandatory reporting or honing sampling and data collection methods to reduce costs while maintaining response levels. The implications can affect wildlife population projections, hunter experiences, R3 and marketing efforts, social acceptance, and agency revenue. Dr. Miller has been studying methodological approaches to improve accuracy in harvest data for twenty years.

Join this webinar to learn how to apply his practical research and insights to your state. Register now to reserve your spot and we look forward to seeing you!

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OWP Webinar Series – 2018

The Public Trust and the Public’s Trust in You

October 2, 2018      2-3 pm Eastern Time

Description:  OWP is hosting “The Public Trust and the Public’s Trust in You” – a webinar for our members
and other wildlife professionals on October 2 at 2 PM Eastern time.

How you make a decision matters more than the decision itself!

Here’s your chance to gain valuable insight about factors that can contribute to the public’s trust in agencies and how that trust can help us meet our public trust responsibilities.  Presenters include Drs. Shawn Riley (Michigan State University), Kevin Ford (Michigan State University) and Pat Lederle (Michigan Department of Natural Resources). Drawing on past efforts in organizational psychology, the authors compared a theoretical model of factors influencing trust and confidence in an agency to results from a mail‐back questionnaire sent to licensed hunters. One of the key findings indicated procedural fairness was nearly four times more influential on trust than were perceptions of the technical competence of personnel. We interpreted this to mean when decisions regarding wildlife resources are made (for example setting hunting season regulations), the stakeholders we serve-beneficiaries of the public trust-want those decision-making processes to be open and transparent. In addition, when decisions are made, they want to feel as though they were treated fairly. In other words, it’s not just the outcome of the decision that is important, but how the decision was made.

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Papers referenced in the webinar:


Lauricella et al Employee Perceptions and Change HDW


OWP Webinar Series – 2016

“Are You Ready For the Futures? Scenario Planning & Applications in Natural Resource Conservation”

June 1, 2016

Description: 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. Join us as Erika Rowland of the Wildlife Conservation Society introduces participants to scenario planning and provides background on general concepts and different purposes for using the approach.

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“Don’t Get Lost without Your RoadMap – A Webinar on Strategic Planning for Fish and Wildlife Agencies”

March 1, 2016

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Description: Hosted by Lowell Ballard of the Timmons Group, this webinar 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.

OWP Webinar Series — 2015

“What We Got Here is Failure to Communicate”

April 15th, 2015

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Description: Dave Chadwick (Montana Wildlife Federation) will discuss how our language unintentionally fosters a divide between those who hunt and fish and those who do not. He also will address how that divide is counterproductive to developing pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing wildlife conservation.

“Negative Consequences of using Big Game as a Recruitment Tool”

May 27, 2015

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Description: Loren Chase, Arizona Game & Fish Department

As fish and wildlife agencies seek to recruit and retain new hunters, one gap in knowledge is the effectiveness of using big game vs. small game youth hunting camps. Though many perceive hunt camps centered on big game to be quite effective, they can be problematic for biological, economic, and sociologic reasons. Loren Chase(Arizona Game & Fish Department) will explore the likelihood of future participation from both event types, and where agencies should focus limited resources. Couldn’t attend?

Wrapping up partnerships with a bow: beautiful packages or rewrapped cast offs?

Presented by Becky Humphries, Chief Conservation Officer for the National Wild Turkey Federation

July 30, 2015

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Description: In today’s environment where non-government organizations, state, and federal agencies often share common goals; it is mutually beneficial to form partnerships and pool resources to achieve these. The success of these partnerships hinges upon understanding and respecting the authorities under which all partners are operating.

Communication is absolutely critical to success as changing philosophy of management can often divide us. The care and feeding of relationships takes a great deal of time and attention. It doesn’t just happen with text or email notes. And for many of us, this isn’t our strength. Trust is hard earned and easily lost. Focusing on the goal rather than how we are going to get there helps us keep moving forward.

There are ten key elements of good partnerships. These tenants will be shared and discussed.

OWP Webinar Series – 2014

OWP hosted its first online conference the week of April 7-11th, 2014. The theme of the conference was The Difference Between Customers and Citizens. Each day OWP hosted a speaker who made a 20-30 minute presentation and then there was a moderated discussion.

Whether you were able to attend or your schedule didn’t permit it, we want to share what we learned with you. Below you will find a video recording for each session with the exception of Wednesday’s webinar. Granicus has a wealth of information and video clips (similar to their webinar) available on their website.

April 7th – Public Trust Doctrine Principles: (Ann Forstchen – FWC) The PTD provides some basic principles for good governance to state fish and wildlife agencies relative to their focus of attention on all citizens. The PTD is grounded in history but is still relevant in contemporary society.
Click this link for the recording: 4-7-14

April 8th – How to engage with more than the “usual suspects”: Engaging the Hispanic Audience (Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation) recent research findings and recommendations for agencies to improve and increase boating and fishing among Hispanics. Click this link for the recording: 4.8.14 Engaging More Than the Usual Suspects.mp4

April 9th – Contemporary collaboration tools for engaging citizens: new and innovative tools to increase dialogue with citizens, build organizational trust, be open and transparent agencies (Jack Melnicoff – Granicus, Inc.) Please visit http://www.granicus.com/resources/webinars/ for more information

April 10th – The Important Difference between Customers and Citizens : Is it a good idea for fish and wildlife agencies to “operate like a business”? How far do we go with marketing? Do we care about hunters and anglers beyond their pocketbooks? Should citizens have to contribute before they have a valid voice? This panel discussion will let participants explore those, and many other, questions. Click this link for the recording: 2014-04-10 11.36 The Important Difference between Customers and Citizens

April 11th – Compatibility of the North American Model and agency transformation (Steve McMullin, VA Tech) Posits that the North American Model and agency transformation are compatible but we need case studies and examples of what’s working to get beyond the early adopter phase.